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Singer ce350 bobbin thread on top

I embroidered something I had digitized and it turned out perfect on the test fabric. The next morning, I tried to embroider on the actual fabric and the thread kept breaking, then the needle. The bobbin thread was showing some and the thread was bunching up on the bottom. I replaced the needle and tried to go on. There is more bobbin thread showing than the upper thread which is all underneath. It was working fine the night before!! I have tried different needles, turned off the machine and restarted. I have threaded and rethreaded both threads a dozen times - following the instructions to a T. Tried a different pattern. Tried the "tension test" mentioned on this site - it passed. I am just learning to use this machine. What am I missing?

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Be sure when you are threading the top thread that you ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot. This releases the tension disk and allows the thread to seat properly.

Have you gone back and re-tested on your test fabric? Does it work okay on the test fabric? If so, then there's a suspicion that it has something to do with the fabric, needle & thread of your project. Is your project fabric very dense, heavy... Are you using a stabilizer? A hoop--is it taut, not stretched? Make sure the fabric is not trampolining. Could be an incompatibility. The needle & thread may be having difficulty piercing the fabric. Try a different weight needle, perhaps a microtex or embroidery needle.

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SOURCE: Upper Thread Error

there could be thread caught in the tension disc in the top of the machine you can get the cover off to clear the thread but it is a bit tricky to get back on

Posted on Dec 06, 2007

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Have you checked the bobbin?

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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SOURCE: thread bunches up under the fabric

For normal everyday fabric, tension should be 3-5.
If it is looping on the bottom, the problem is the threading of the machine. If it loops on the top then the problem is with the bobbin.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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SOURCE: keeps "birdnesting", besides rethreading, how do I fix?

when you have bunching on the bottom, you have a problem with the top thread: no tension. (and visa versa) Make sure the thread runs through the tension discs, these discs are activated when you put the presser foot down, so you want to thread the machine with the foot up, also feel if there no burrs, hooks, or whatever, so your top thread comes smooth off the spool, no jerking.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Hi, I'm trying to embroider

The plastic drop-in bobbin case, is the worst I have ever seen. The thread will get jammed in it or it hops while the machine is sewing. It is not staying in place. In front of the case, on the right there is a tiny, rectangle spring. It is the only thing I can find that keeps it in place. It is attached with a tiny screw and can be moved forward.

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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