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Janome straight stitch loose

At first my top thread was bunching under the bobbin thread so I tightened the tension. Now my stithces are loose between the stitches and it looks terrible. I am using a straight stitch. I have rethreaded the machine, cleaned out the bobbin case, put in a new needle, changed the bobbin thread, and have oiled the machine. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

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  • DOPPY Feb 12, 2008



    MY TOP THREAD LOOKS FAIRLY GOOD, BUTTHE THREAD ON THE BOTTOMIS LOOSE AND NOT STRAIGHT1

  • Anonymous Jun 07, 2008

    why are my stiches loose when sewing by machine

  • Anonymous Jul 05, 2008

    bottom thread is loose when sewing a straight stitch

  • Jax67 Oct 05, 2008

    In my case, even if I increase the pressure on the lower thread, it doesn't seem to work. There's no pressure at all and it doesn't seem to matter which way I turn the screw....if I pull on the thread there is no tension whatsoever.

  • desertbrat Nov 30, 2008

    Im having the same problem with my Kenmore `15616 machine, I have oiled, cleaned, changed needles, increased tension, decreased tension, it is all bunched up underneath and I get a clicking click click sound. any suggestion, the machine is not old is about 2 years old.

  • donna975 Jan 14, 2009

    That describes my problem exactly. Any solution yet? My machine is also about 2 years old, but only used occasionally.

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I don't know if this is the right answer for any of you, but thought I'd put my 2 cents worth in. Often this can be the bobbin in backwards. It needs to unwind a certain way depending on the machine. I've heard a phrase for this: Mind your p's and q's which means some wind off to the right like a q, others to the left like a p. Mine has to unwind one way then be slipped backwards into a little slot or it does that loose bottom thread looping and bunching someone here mentioned. It seems everytime I get that problem I rethread the top thread 100 times before it clicks again and I remember it could be the bobbin thread. Either your manual will tell you the correct way, or you could experiment and try one or the other. Once you figure out whether you're a p or a q, mark it on your machien somewhere to remind yourself.

Good Luck and Happy Sewing!

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Your bobbin on that machine should look like a letter P thread coming off the top to the left when you put it in. Make sure your top tension is at 3 and when you thread the top of the machine make sure that your foot that you put the fabric under is up before you start

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