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The thread keeps jumping out of the thread takeup lever on my Pfaff. What is causing this? I've replaced the needle and the bobbin shuttle.

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  • jean368 Jul 27, 2009

    This isn't possible with this type of takeup lever -- it is open on top of the hole. I've used this sewing machine daily for the 27 years I have had it. It is used 3 to 4 hours a day and the thread only comes out after it has been in use for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. I'm starting to think it may be an overheating problem. This problem just developed in the last 2 weeks. It maybe just needs to go into a repair shop.

  • jean368 Jul 27, 2009

    Hi Scott,

    I was able to run the thread so it was crossed after going through the takeup lever as you suggested. 4 hours of straight sewing and no thread popping out of the lever.

    I have not changed manufacturer of thread recently. I did check the cone I am using and it is the same weight as the one I finished up a couple months ago.

    The problem seems to be solved. No idea why it just changed midstream, but I'll take it not jamming, etc.

    Thanks for all your help!

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If you have the machine threaded correctly, try threading the takeup lever from the opposite side so the thread crosses over itself and see if that helps.

scott

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  • scott ashdown Jul 27, 2009

    you should still be able to thread the takeup lever from the opposite side. husqvarna machines have a similar problem, especially with certain thread types and this does prevent that problem. (have you changed thread type recently??)



    i don't think it will have anything to do with heat unless the thread is breaking and coming out of the needle.



    scott

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