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Problem with bobbin thread, it shows on top and the top one does not show. what could be the problem

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One or other of your tensions is incorrect, either too loose or too tight. Start with the upper tension as bobbin tension is not usually the problem. Your manual will advise on how to do this.

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The stitch which should be on the bottom seems to be on the top

Difficult question to understand and hard to address without knowing the machine & model.

Do you mean the bobbin thread is showing on the top of the fabric? If so, try loosening the upper tension and test. The mid-point between the high and low number is the most common factory setting for upper tension, although that should be adjusted to suit the fabric, thread, and your project. The ideal tension is reached when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric (ie, bobbin thread does not show on the top and needle thread does not show on the bottom.


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The bobbin thread is being pulled too hard by the top thread. The idea is to get an even pull similar to a tug of war. When it is even the thread will form a knot in the middle of the fabric.
To fix this so the top thread isn't pulling too hard lower the tension of the top thread. This should fix it.

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Adjust tension

The tension of the top thread and bobbin thread are in a "tug of war". If the top is "winning" or too high then the bottom thread will be showing on the top of the fabric. If the top is "loosing" or too loose then the top thread will be pulled through the fabric and show a lot on the bottom. They must be evened out so the "tug of war" is even so the knot is in the middle of the fabric.
START WITH BOBBIN FIRST: Remove bobbin and bob from finger. When you have it adjusted right then the bobbin will extend one inch when you bob it. If you can't bob your bobbin you will have to make an approximate and replace. You may have to do this a couple times to get it right.
WHEN IT'S RIGHT: The bobbin and top tension are equal without being too much pull on both that causes the fabric to pull together.

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I have a Singer Futura XL 400 the bobbin thread is showing on the top

Tension between top and bottom is a BALANCE, and when the bobbin thread shows on top, it means that your top tension is tighter than your bobbin tension, so it is pulling the bobbin thread up above the fabric.

Loosen the top tension to balance it--it should only take a couple of "ticks"--no more than one number. Loosening the top tension, by the way, is AWAY from the "S".

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Bobbin thread showing on top

Lower thread showing on top is usually a lack of tension under. lower tension can be readjusted on the bobbin case but if U cannot readjust the tension, it means that ther is somthing between the tension blade and the bobbin case body. Remove the tension blade, clean and readjust.

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I am using black bobbin threaad with white needle

In my experience, I can adjust the tension on my older machines (like my Singer Featherweights so that the needle thread will not show at all on the underside of the fabric (and the bobbin thread will not show at all on the top)--but I've found it nearly impossible to get the same degree of control on my newer (computerized) machines. It always seems that there is a touch of the needle thread showing on the bottom and a touch of the bobbin thread showing on top.

I'm not familiar with the MegaQuilter but I'd just keep playing with your tension control to get it as fine as possible.

Good luck!


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Bobbin thread showing on top, automatic tension

It is possible the jam threw off the timing and this will need to be fixed by a sewing machine tech.

Try one more thing first. Lift the presser foot - this will open the tension control so the thread can properly seat into the control.

Re-thread the machine.

If this does not help, back to suggestion # 1.

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I am having the same problem and can't seem to find the answer. Please email me if you have found a solution!

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I have a brother SE 270-d. my only problem is that while embroidering, the bobbin thread is showing through the design on the top. I have tried adjusting the top thread tension but no matter how I adjust...

Try making the material tighter in the hoop and check your bobbin to be sure it's a L (look at your instruction will show you which bobbin works and which does not. I say this because you have a tension problem...dont we all, Ha Ha!

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