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Was cleaning out my machine and when testing it was fine except for the speciality stitches - solved that problem and now the top thread will not catch the bobbin thread

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The needle is probably in backwards otherwise you may have done something when you were cleaning. first try rethreading your machine completely then see if the needle is in correctly.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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I've had my singer simple 3116 for a number of yrs. For last few weeks I've had problems with the bobbin stitch, it sews fine for a few seconds then jumps & the stitches are a tangled jumbled mess , I've...


You may have a burr from an errant needle strike on your bobbin case or even on the bobbin itself. Check to see if there are any rough spots on or around the bobbin.
If you don't find anything, you may want to remove the bobbin assembly and clean the lint out from the lower assembly. Sometimes the smallest amount of lint or pieces of thread can cause problems with the bobbin.
You didn't mention if the tangled thread happens on the top or the bottom of the fabric. If it is on top, then it is a bobbin issue. If it is on the bottom, then it is an upper tension/thread issue.
Try removing the bobbin, thread, and needle. Rethread the entire machine using a different bobbin and a new needle. This may solve your problem. Good luck!

Jul 07, 2014 | Sewing Machines

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Why is the bottom stitch straight


Thread tension is a BALANCE between the top tension and the bottom tension. It appears that your bobbin tension is sightly tighter, causing the top thread to be pulled down. Run a zigzag stitch. If your top looks fine, but your bottom looks something like chicken footprint tracks, see if you can adjust your top tension a little tighter to compensate. If, in doing that the stitches are balanced but just too tight, you will need to adjust your bobbin tension SLIGHTLY looser. You will need a tiny screwdriver to do this. Take the case out and locate two screws on the side. Once is a Phillips--leave it alone. The other next to it is usually on the left of the Phillips, and, is a straight-blade screw. Lefty-loosey, righty-tighty. In your case, you want to adjust it a LITTLE looser to match the top tension--no more than 1/4 turn. Put it back and test it again; you should see some improvement. If it still needs a little adjusting, reinsert and repeat, but ONLY 1/4 turn at a time.

DON'T fool with it at all if you can compensate by tightening your top tension, and before you do anything, clean and oil your bobbin area with ONE drop and ONE only of sewing machine oil.ONLY. You might find that just cleaning and oiling will solve your problem right there.

Jul 06, 2014 | Singer 6038 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Sewing machine not working in reverse


try a new needle
try a different thread top and bobbin
try adjusting the top thread tension one number or letter at a time
higher sewing on a scrap piece of paper till the stitches look
normal
make sure the top thread does not come off the thread take up lever

Jan 11, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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CANT GET TENSION SET AND ITS SO FAR OFF DONT KNOW WHERE TO START....vogue stitch old..model.label on back says model 1300/1500 or mercury model 704


try www.sewusa.com repairs page for troubleshooting help. start by cleaning and oiling machine. then wind a new bobbin and put in a new needle. load bobbin into bobbin case and ensure thread goes into tension spring. now dangle bobbin case by holding thread tail, bobbin should hang in the air but release thread if you pull it. adjust the tension screw on case 1/4turns only and test again until you get it tight enough to 'dangle'. now load bobbin into rotary hook of machine and thread top. now test sew and adjust top tension in small increments if neede to balance the stitch. but if top tension is wirking okay then 4-6 range should be fine.

Aug 24, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Bobbin tension?


Try threading the machine with the presser foot up to see if this will solve the problem.

When a sewing machine is threaded with the presser foot down, the thread cannot properly enter the tension. No tension control of the top thread and it cannot form a satisfactory stitch.

You might be able to find a manual for your machine at sewusa.com

Mar 01, 2010 | Toyota Sewing Machines

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Model #5050: the top stitch looks fine but underneath, massive loops. I've changed the needle, rethreaded the bobbin, altered the thread tension, but still the problem remains. Any ideas? Margaret W.


You may have threaded the machine with the presser foot down. This closes the tension control and the thread cannot properly enter during the threading process.

Re-thread with the presser foot up.

Test the stitching.

Feb 06, 2010 | Singer 5050 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Sewing a bunch of thread from the bottom, this stops the machine from actually sewing


Yes, it does. There are a couple of reasons the bobbin thread could be bunching up on the underside of the fabric. It could simply be that the machine needs cleaning. Take the bobbin assembly out, brush all the old lint out as best you can, reoil the machine once it's all clean, and make sure there aren't any little bits of thread caught in the bobbin assembly. Rethread the machine (carefully) and change the needle. This solves the problem usually--especially if the machine was sewing along fine and the problem develops suddenly. '
The other thing to check is your tension. It could be that the top tension is too loose. But different color thread in the top and in the bobbin, stitch a few inches (be sure to held the top and bobbin thread ends behind your needle as you start to stitch) and check. WIth the pressure foot down, adjust the tension, and stitch again. Keep stitching, checking, and adjusting until you see little if any bobbin thread on the top or top thread on the bobbin.
Another thing to reminder: use the appropriate thread and needle for the fabric you're sewing.
Let me know if this works, ok?

Robbie

Jan 31, 2010 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Bottom of stitch is bunched with alot of thread and machine jams


Try these time savers:
Test your thread quality to start, thread your machine and LIFT the presser foot (this opens the tension disks). Pull your top thread straight back. If you feel no tension no mater how much thread you pull, your thread is good. If that your machine passes that test, then let me know, we can go to step 2. If not, try different spool of thread, same test until you get a smooth pull (tip: always check your thread this way when you thread your machine)
Step 2:
Pull on your threaded bobbin thread while it’s in the machine. Does it pull smooth and even? If so, go to step 3. If not, try a new bobbin (bobbins get bent or distorted if wound too tight).
Clean thoroughly in the hook and bobbin case area and oil 1-2 drop is all.

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Needle thread breaks while quilting on machine frame


My friend and I both have the Juki 98Q but on different frames - we were both having problems (needles breaking, thread getting tangled) we removed the thin metal thing inside the bobbin case and have had no problems since (over a year now!).

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Help! Tension Problems


Looping on the top means there is no tension on bottom. The bobbin thread generally rotates counter clockwise. The thread must get under the tension spring. The spring must be adjusted equal to the top tension. This you will have to play with to tighten or loosen as needed. When you sew in a zigzag you might want to loosen the top tension slightly. On a regular basis remove the bobbin case and clean with a qtip. On the race put one drop of sewing machine oil. Clean the bobbin case and replace.

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