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Why don't the top and bottom stitches connect?

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It sounds as though the needle is either the wrong one for the machine or it is in incorrectly. Check your manual to see what needle the manufacturer calls for and make sure you are using the correct one. If you have the correct needle installed make certain you have the needle in correctly and threaded correctly.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014

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SOURCE: singer 221-1 stitching is good on bottom but not on top

pucker is caused by too loose or, to tight adjustment of: the thread tensioners both the bobbin tensioner and, the needle tensioner need to be adjusted: to adjust the needle tensioner turn the side knob clockwise is tighter counterclockwise loosens; the bobbin tensioner is a tiny screw on the bobbin holder adjust both tensioners until your stich loops' both top and, bottom are tight but, the machine does not break the thread

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

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SOURCE: stitches are not connecting top to bottom

Try re threading the machine with the presser foot up.

When you thread with the presser foot down, the thread/string cannot properly enter the tension control.

No control = looping stitching that pulls out.

If you do not have a manual, you may be able to download a free one at Brother's website.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010

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SOURCE: My top stitch is great but the bottom stitch seems

bobbin case needs to be adjusted or check for threading properly in the bobbin case

Posted on Aug 18, 2010

SOURCE: My thread on the top of the material is stitched fine.. the bottom stitch ballons

try changing the needle
rethread the machine use every thread guide
check to see if the thread has come off the thread take up lever
clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area for lint
if none of these suggestions work, then the machine needs to be
checked to see if there is a problem with the timing

Posted on Sep 24, 2012

SOURCE: the bottom stitching looks like a line and not stitches the top stitching is fine

try adjusting the top thread tension and see if that helps
also try changing the thread.
also change the needle--make sure it's the right needle for the fabric
being sewed.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012

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Let me give you a quick lesson in altering the tension on your machine. First, make sure you're using two different colors of thread in your bobbin and in the top of your machine (this will make it easier to see what is going on).

Thread your machine with the presser foot UP. The disks that control the tension (thread goes through them) are tightened up if the foot is down.

Change the machine tension with the presser foot DOWN. Because the disks won't be engaged (see above) if the foot is up, the disks won't move.

Start at the middle setting, 3. Go up to tighten, decrease to loosen. Each machine is different, even 2 different machines of the same model. The best thing to do is start at 3 and use a different color in the top and bobbin thread so you can easily see what changes to the tension do to your stitches.

Now use a straight stitch a sew 3 or so inches. Take a look at the top and bottom of the fabric. You don't want to see any (or at least not much) of the other color showing from the other side.

Loops on the bottom of the fabric means you need to tighten (increase) your top tension. If you're stitches on the bottom are causing puckering, then you need to loosen you're top tension. For the most part, you really don't want to touch your bobbin tension-leave that to a repair technician. The factory setting shouldn't be touched except by someone who really knows what they're doing.

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Try re threading the machine with the presser foot up.

When you thread with the presser foot down, the thread/string cannot properly enter the tension control.

No control = looping stitching that pulls out.

If you do not have a manual, you may be able to download a free one at Brother's website.

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There are tow places where the thread tension is adjusted.

One is bobbin. This is not routinely adjusted. Just once and it is good for long time. This is done by turning the only screw on bobbin by about 1/4 turn or so at a time. Try several settings until you find he best.

the other place is the conventionally on body of the machine.

Tension of bottom stitch or top stitch are very confusing words. meaning difft things to difft pple.
All i can say is this. If u see bottom stitch run straight through loops of top thread. then either top tension is too loose or bottom too tight. and vise versa.

With top tension set to middle position adjust the bobbin to get correct stitch. Then later on all u need is to adjust only the top setting according to stitch and cloth


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