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Material not moving through sewing machine.

I don't know a lot of technical terms, but at first my sewing machine's bottom thread was very loose and tangled easily. I fixed that (somehow) and then the top thread was doing the same thing. Now, I seem to have found a happy medium with the two threads, but the material is not moving through the machine as it is sewing. The bottom "feet" (maybe?) aren't moving the material like they usually do.
model no. 148.15700

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Yours is an oldie (but goodie) mechanical machine. If it has not been given a thorough oiling with fresh, good quality sewing machine oil, then she probably needs some TLC. If the feed dogs are up and the stitch length is set to at least the midway point but the fabric is still not moving through the machine, it could be the feed dogs are seized because the old oil has dried and they are not moving like they should. Following the method below, your machine will be humming along in a day or so. Periodic attention will keep her humming.

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

Also, something to remember. When threading the top thread, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot!

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SOURCE: upper thread getting tangled in the bobbin

Always remember T-N-T. Thread, Needle, Tension. Assuming its threaded properly, is the needle all the way in and facing the right direction? These symptoms also suggest the bobbin may be in the bobbincase upside down thus turning in the wrong direction. Hope this helps.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007

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SOURCE: bunching thread underneath

When your thread is bunching at the bottom, your top tension is not tight enough, or you did not thread the machine correctly. Make sure the thread goes through the tension blades. Check your manual how to do it properly. you can check if there is any tension by pulling on the thread before threading through the eye of the the needle, and with the presser foot down. By pulling with the left hand and adjusting the tension with the right hand you should be able to feel a difference. Normal setting is between 3 and 5

Posted on Nov 13, 2007

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SOURCE: thread on bottom, bobbin thread loose

Sounds as though you've misthreaded the upper tension. The best way to verify this would be to thread your machine, lower the presser foot on to the material. Now try pulling the thread through the needle. (Assuming your upper tension dial is set to a number greater than one). You should feel resistance. Should you not feel resistance, rethread your upper tension.

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SOURCE: Sewing Machine (brother XL 3200)

Your machine is out of time and needs to be serviced by a technician.
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SOURCE: Singer Futura II - Model 920

This happens when we forget to have the presser foot raised when threading.

What looks like the fault of the bobbin is actually the top thread not forming a tight stitch with the bobbin thread.

When the machine is threaded with the foot down, the tension control is closed and the thread cannot enter the control as it should. When you begin to sew, the tension control cannot do it's job.

If the machine is already threaded, lift the presser foot and pull about 10" of thread from the needle, or re-thread the machine with the presser foot up.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010

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