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Doesnt stitch i threaded it it was stitching before but once my spool ran out of thread i put a new spool in. and now it wont stitch at all

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Do you chose the right spool and put it the right side up?

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When quilting on the janome memory craft 8900 QCP. With walking foot and quilt bar stitches all at once became very tight Had to all at once adjust stitches


The thread could be snagging in the thread path. Remove the thread from the machine and rethread from the beginning (be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading!). When I've experience this issue, the thread has usually been looped around a thread guide or the thread spool.,

Oct 13, 2017 | Janome Sewing Machines

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Bernina 780 sews great, but thread in bobbin keeps messing up while doing embroidery,


Usually, if the thread is messing up under the fabric, it is a top thread issue. This is sometimes referred to as thread nesting or bird nesting.

Make sure you are using a brand new needle of the type specifically for embroidery. The eye needs to be large enough to easily accommodate the thread size and it needs to be a sharp needle. It may help to use a needle with a larger scarf that will protect the upper thread when piercing the fabric. If the thread is not protected sometimes it will hang up on the underside of the fabric when the needle withdraws from the fabric, causing thread loops, etc.

Remove the thread from the machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. (This releases the tension disk so the thread seats completely.) Verify the thread path is correct.

Use a bobbin thread that is compatible with the embroidery thread. Check that the bobbin thread is smoothly wound on the bobbin, that the bobbin is turning the correct direction in the bobbin case, and the bobbin case tension is threaded properly.

Retest your embroidery on a small project. If you are still seeing thread bunching up under the fabric, you need to tighten the upper tension.

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Nov 02, 2016 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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Skipped stitches


lower your needle. If up to high can't catch the bobbin thread.

Aug 31, 2017 | PfaFF Tiptronic 2040

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Over locker loopy bottom stitch


Loopy on bottom means the top tensions need to be adjusted. "All on 3 means nothing" These are tension knobs and are not required to be on the same number.

In the mean time rethread the machine with a different color on each spool This will help you determine which thread is the offender. sew the same type of material this thread set up... tighten the corresponding tension dial. Once you get a good stitch, Lift the food, cut all the threads near the spools and tie off new thread/spools and pull the thread through to the needle. Once it is all threaded again test your stitch with the same fabric again.

Oct 02, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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Just borrowed a friends machine but no instructions for threading cotton from top to needle and how to put in spool.Have got thread on spool.Just need to sew a basic hem


You haven't said what mail and model machine this relates to.

You could try http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmachineindex/tp/operatingasewingmachine.htm, there is lots of good general information there which might be of help, most machines have similar functionality, ie a bobbbin goes into a rotary hook and there will be a tension spring on that thread. Top thread will also need to go through tension device, usually discs in the threading path from spool to needle.

There is usually a stitch length and stitch width dial/knob/digital selection and a stitch selector for different utility stitches such as blind hem, overcasting etc. If you just want a straight stitch, then stitch length would be 2.5 or 2.7 maybe for a heavy fabric.

You need to put in the correct sized needle for the fabric you at sewing too, http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmachineindex/ig/Sewing-Machine-Needles/

Important thing is threading up so that both threads are under tension, make sure the pressure foot is raised during threading so the top thread can go between the tension discs. The bobbin will either be drop in top loading in which case you need to click the thread into a tension spring on the side of the bobbin holder. Or front loading bobbin inside a removeable bobbin case which is mounted vertically. The bobbin case will also have a tension spring on it.

Also you could try You-tube - there is lots of videos there for different brands.

May 15, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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I had my machine in the closet for 5 years and now need to sew a hem on my cotton pants. What should the settings be set at? Right now it is at a 4 and the stitch length is a 2 1/2. The thread is too...


If your machine has been stored for 5 years, you should give it a good clean and oil according to the manual before you do anything else. Then put in a new needle and wind a fresh bobbin, checking that the bobbin has been wound smoothly as a badly wound bobbin can cause poor tension and stitching from the bottom thread.

You want the thread to go from the spool through a tension disc or eyelet to the bobbin and keep some gentle tension onto the thread spool using your scissors handle or similar so that the thread winds off it smoothly and the spool doesn't bounce around. Also give the thread a nudge with your finger tip as it winds onto the bobbin so it fills evenly, top, middle and bottom, not all in the middle.

Are you wanting a straight stitch to sew around the hemline? If so, your stitch length is right, but stitch width should be zero. You don't say what knob is set to 4, if its your top tension then that should be close, usually between 4 and 6 if dial goes from zero to 10.

Which thread is too tight? top or bottom. Firstly check the threading path to ensure that the top thread isn't catching on anything, is through the take up lever properly and coming from the thread spool without catching there. Some thread spools have a little knick in the top where you can catch the thread to store it, but you dont' want the thread to catch here when seaming, so turn it around the other way on the spool so it can't.

Try test stitching a medium zig zag stitch on scrap fabric, and you'll be able to see if the bottom thread is pulling in or the top one, then adjust the tension dial a little to lessen this.

Hope these pointers help, if you can't get a good neat stitch after trying these things, then consider taking it for a clean and service, the technician can get inside and clean the machine thoroughly and also check for any other issues that might be there.

Apr 30, 2011 | Singer 57815 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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My LS2125i will sew a straight stitch but when I turn it to a zigzag stitch it takes a couple of stitches, then all of a sudden the top thread on the spool holder goes... whirl and winds the thread around...


sounds like your thread is getting caught in the thread spool's thread keeper notch. Make sure you use the spool holder disk with the closest size to the spool of thread to help prevent that. This is pretty common with old fashioned spools like coats and clark spools.

My brother suggests that i make sure the spool unwinds in a certain direction. You might check your manual to be certain the thread is unwinding the correct way.

Good luck.

Dec 18, 2010 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Underneath stitch bad


Sometimes even though the tension is at recommeded placement, you may find with various fabrics or threads, you have to adjust it. I would try to raise the tension just a bit. Try it a little at a time until you achieve a stitch you are happy with. If adjusting the tension does not correct the problem, double check your threading. If sure it is threaded properly, especially going through the tension assembly...check your thread. I have found that the thread you use can and often does create tension problems. Try changing the thread and see if the stitch quality improves.

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