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The bobbin thread is bunching up and sometimes

I am quilting a baby quilt with simple straight lines (I've made several) but today my machine is not cooperating. The bobbin thread is bunching up and sometimes loose in the same seamlines. My fabric is tucking on the underside as well. Help! I'm tired of ripping out seams...What should I do?

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Take the bobbin out and unthread the machine.

Install a new needle.

Place the needle bar in its highest position and place the presser bar up.

Make sure that the upper tension dial is in the normal range (5 or mark on dial).

Rethread the bobbin ensuring that the thread is in the tension.

Rethread the machine.

If this doesn't help, please indicate your brand and model for specific advice.

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