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Small loops in the underthread

This doesn't appear to be a tension problem, but almost as if the underthread keeps getting caught on something.

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If the hook of the machine has a small burr on the point it can and will snag the upper thread and keep it from locking securely. The hook is what the bobbin case snaps on to. Take some light metal sanding material and polish the point to remove burr.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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Top thread is making a small loop around the bottom thread which seems tight


It sounds like your top thread is not properly placed in the tension unit. Try retreading. If this doesn't solve the problem, check the tension unit for bits of broken thread which may have gotten caught in your tension. Use a tooth pick to remove any excess lint and debris which may be caught between the tension discs.

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Lower thread tension can be adjusted by tightening (clockwise) the small screw in the bobbin case. The specifications call for 12-20 g resistance when pulling the thread slowly. I suggest tightening in increments of 1/8 turn and trying the machine each time. Also, mark the position of the screw in its original position should you need to return to the original setting and start over (use a piece of tape and place a mark where the slot in the screw is). I don't understand what you're saying about the zig zag problem.

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My top thread keeps snapping on my consew 118. There are loops on the underside when I stitch with it and the thread keeps snapping at the needle. It is threaded right but it keeps happening literally...


The top thread breaks
1. the needle thread is not threaded properly
2. The needle thread tension is to tight
3. The needle is bent or blunt
4. The needle is incorrectly inserted
5. The needle thread & the bobbin thread are not set under the presser foot when starting to sew
6. the threads were not drawn to the rear after sewing
7. The thread is either to heavy or to fine for the needle
8. Try a different spool or cone of thread



Thread looping on the bottom of your fabric can be caused by little or no top tension or too much bobbin tension. Another cause is thread or lint caught in the top tension.
Make sure the thread is between the tension discs and that no thread or lint is caught

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How do i fix my sewing machine underthread keeps breaking


Bobbin thread breaks
1. There is a right way & wrong way to insert the bobbin in the case --when you insert the bobbin in if it doesn't stitch correctly turn the bobbin over see if that helps or bobbin case is not inserted correctly
2. Lint has collected in the bobbin holder
3. The bobbin is damaged & doesn't turn smoothly
4. Lower thread tension is two tight

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Underthread in sewing machine keeps breaking


I am assuming your talking about the bobbin thread, so that is
the information I am sending you
Bobbin thread breaks
1. There is a right way & wrong way to insert the bobbin in the case --when you insert the bobbin in if it doesn't stitch correctly turn the bobbin over see if that helps or bobbin case is not inserted correctly
2. Lint has collected in the bobbin holder
3. The bobbin is damaged & doesn't turn smoothly
4. Lower thread tension is two tight

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Top tension has to be turned all the way down to get good stitch, then thread gets caught in bobbin and lower hooping on thread..


Grab some scrap fabric of the same type you'll be sewing. Tighten your top tension and test sew until you see until you see the top thread of a seam go like a straight line and the bobbin thread loops on top of the seam. Then back off of the top tension until those loops disappear.

If you never see it the top thread go like a straight line... your top tension needs to be cleaned... and make sure you have the pressure foot UP when you thread the upper thread.

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Small loops random are appearing on the back of the fabric


Are you using a large needle, size 110 probably would be required. However, this does sound like a tension issue, although it is appearing on the bottom, its probably your top tension device that is causing it, check tension is set to 4 or 5, and that your top thread is threaded into all the eyelets correctly.

Clean your top tension device if you can get to it, these do gunk up with dye particles and dust with time and this can affect performance. To clean, turn dial to zero and "floss" between the metal tension discs with selvage edge of a clean piece of waste cotton fabric, if some black stuff comes out, keep cleaning. Set tension back to normal setting when done.

Also, I am assuming that you are using a good quality thread, polyster, or a cotton wrapped polyester. Gutterman, Sylko, Mettler, Metrosene are all good.

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There should be a small screw on the side of your bobbin case adjust it little by little until you get the correct tension.

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If it was an upper tension problem your loops would be beneith the fabric. Since the loops are on top this tells me the lower tension is too loose. There is a small screw on your bobbincase that you need to turn clockwise to adjust it. Do the adjustment little by little until its good. I would do it like a clock. First turn the screw to one o'clock. Still looping? Go to 2 o'clock etc.
If this doesn't help you, a clean opikl, and adjust by your local dealership could be anywhere from 50.00 to 90.00.
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