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You didn't put the name and model number of the machine in the question, try youtube for a video,

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Need help adjusting the lower tension on my Viking sewing machine. Lower tension causes strait stitches; upper tension (zigzag) adds bunches of thread. I don't know where to adjust tensions. Help.

Generally, bobbin tension is set at the factory and is usually a "last attempt" to alter. Sounds like you are probably experiencing bird nesting or thread nesting which is a top thread issue.

Be sure to install a brand new needle.
Remove the top thread from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread the top thread.
Set the top tension to the mid-point and retest your machine.

Tension is correct when top and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric. It is a tug of war between the two threads. When there is equal pull, the top thread pulls the bobbin thread up and the bobbin thread pulls the top thread down. Increasing the top tension pulls the bobbin thread further up, decreasing top tension will allow the bobbin thread to pull the top thread down.

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Jan 27, 2018 | Sewing Machines

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My bottom thread wont pull out once the cover is closed and the thread is pulled through and ready to sew.

If the top thread is not pulling up the bobbin thread, is it actually catching the bobbin thread? If not, then the machine may be out of time. Search for sewing machine timing or take it for service.

If it catches the bobbin thread but then the bobbin thread is difficult to pull, then possibly there is a snag somewhere that is catching the bobbin thread, the bobbin tension needs adjustment, or the bobbin case is incorrectly threaded.

Nov 01, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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I'm having trouble properly threading my Elna 1010. Could you please help? The bobbin thread keeps bunching up and breaking

bunching of thread under the material is an indication of insufficient tension of the needle thread
increase the needle tension until the threads meet at the center of the materialbeing sewn

Jul 26, 2016 | Elna Sewing Machines

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The top thread is not taking up the bobbin thread Why?

This may be due to incorrect threading of the top thread or incorrect winding of the bobbin thread, or the bobbin may be inserted backward. It can also be due to a damaged needle.

Try a new needle first. A brand new one if at all possible.

If a new needle won't help, remove all thread, remove the bobbin, and clean all lint and dust out from around the bobbin. Rethread carefully, making sure all thread guides are used.

Maybe also try using a new bobbin of thread. Ensure it's facing the right way when you put into the bobbin case and that you have pulled several inches of thread from the bobbin case.

Oct 01, 2014 | Brother Sewing Machines

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While threading my bobbin, the thread slipped under the bobbin seat and got stuck. I can't dislodge it, and my bobbin won't thread. How can I fix this?

can't figure out what you mean, what bobbin seat, do you mean on the bobbin case? maybe on the post where the bobbin case goes? I guess you just have to work on getting the thread off and start over.

Jun 18, 2014 | Brother 130-stich Computerized Sewing...

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I have a faithful 730 Bernina and currently the bobbin thread keeps breaking. Please advise what may be causing this. Thanking you.

Bobbin thread breaks
1. There is a right way & wrong way to insert the bobbin in the case --when you insert the bobbin in if it doesn't stitch correctly turn the bobbin over see if that helps or bobbin case is not inserted correctly
2. Lint has collected in the bobbin holder
3. The bobbin is damaged & doesn't turn smoothly
4. Lower thread tension is two tight

here's a free manual

Sep 17, 2012 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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The trouble is the tension with the top thread being straight. I have changed the needle, the thread, the bobbin, oiled the bobbin, cleaned the fuzz. etc.etc.

Is the top thread not pulling down into the fabric? If so I would check the bobbin thread. Is it threaded right? If so you should be able to set the bobbin tension buy holding the thread in you hand, the bobbin case should not fall, when you shake it it should drop a few inches. Thread bobbin in bobbincase. Hold it buy pigtail. Shake it and it should drop about a few inches. You did not say your model number, this will help me, help you . Thanks

Mar 22, 2011 | PfaFF Sewing Machines

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My thread is bunching up under needle when sewing therfore it locks the machine up. i've tried re-threading several times and it's still doing! please! after this i have to take bobbin & bobin...

Check the bobbin tension and that the thread is tight around the bobbin. Make sure that the bobbin is in the right way around - the bobbin thread should double back on itself coming out of the bobbin holder.

Feb 22, 2011 | Husqvarna Designer I

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Brother sewing machine ls2125

Don't go directly from the thread spool to the bobbin.
You have to go via the thread quide, (near the end of the head at left side) and under the small roller.

Pass your thread to the bobbin turn your thread 3 turns to the right, clockwise,
then pass the end of the thread, under the coming thread and give it another 3 turns to the right.
For better results, always remove old thread from bobbin before filling it up.
Push the thread winder lever to lock the bobbin.
Start winding slowly. If the thread is loading in the down position,
put your finger under the thread between the bobbin and the the thread quide, untill you see that the thread is feeding evenly.

Jun 14, 2008 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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