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Hi my thread is looping in a big mess on the bottom of the fabric when I sew. Everything seems to be running smoothly, the machine isn't making strange noises or anything, but the thread is very loose

I have tried changing the needle, changing the tension, cleaning the machine, and re threading everything and nothing works. Please help!

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  • Bryan Smith Dec 08, 2014

    If no snag, then the tensions are wrong. You need less lower tension and more upper tension.

  • Bryan Smith Dec 08, 2014

    Ensure you are properly threading it as well.

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Hand operate the machine while looking at the lower bobbin. Maybe there is a rough spot that is snagging the thread as it tries to loop around. If so, then nail file it until it is smooth again.

Posted on Dec 08, 2014

Testimonial: "Thanks so much for answering so fast! I hand operated it and watched the thread and it didn't look like it was snagging anywhere."

  • Deborah Vanderwerf
    Deborah Vanderwerf Dec 08, 2014

    I looked at it again, and it seems I put the bobbin holder in wrong. Thanks so much for your help!

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