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Thread caught up around bobbin!

Often, after I have been using my Kenmore for a few days off and on (or just often during a given week) the machine works fine but eventually the thread (from the top) gets caught up in the tools around the bobbin until it becomes so tight that it completely and quickly halts all sewing. I've tried adjusting the tension, but it doesn't seem to be working? I feel a bit silly not being able to fix this, please help?

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Re: Thread caught up around bobbin!

To address my needle thread tangling (horribly) in the bobbin compartment, I rethreaded the bobbin. I cleaned the bobbin and the feeder feet, I changed the bobbin and the thread. I changed the tension on the needle thread and the bobbin thread. NO FIX! Then, I changed the needle - the problem was fixed instantly. I sewed awhile and then put the original needle back in. No problem. I think perhaps that the problem is being caused by the needle getting out of alignment somehow during sewing. If you are having the same issue, try it. It can't hurt!

Posted on Sep 15, 2008

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