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I have a Pacesetter, haven't used it in years. Think I have it threaded right, but the bobbin thread just stops me after a few stitches and I have a matted mess under the material

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Sounds like not enough tension to keep the thread up. Make sure threading is correct, always consult the manual unless you are using the machine every day. Yours is an extreme version of figure 1.

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Myy machine is suddenly sewing as if it is doing a tacking stitch is it bobbin tension or something else wrong

Not sure what you mean by "tacking" stitch. Are the stitches exceedingly long like a basting stitch? That would need a stitch length adjustment so stitches are closer together.

Or, do you mean the tension is loose between stitches? You can try tightening the top tension to see if that helps. (Be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the top thread so the thread will seat completely in the tension disk or you may end up with lots of top thread showing under the fabric.) If the bobbin thread is too loose, you may need to adjust its tension.

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Brother pacesetter ULT2003D

try using a different spool of thead on the top and bobbin
also try changing the needle
and if these suggestions don't help then call the repair shop and check
with them about the machine not sewing light fabric

Jan 04, 2013 | Brother PE770 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Bernina activa 210 won't zigzag and has bobbin issues on straight stitch

it's very possible that the machine is slightly out of time & needs to be service at a sewing machine shop
is the fabric & thread & needle compatable with each other?
did you use every thread guide when threading the machine?
is the bobbin in correctly?
is the bobbin warped?

Mar 20, 2012 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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I just loaded the bobbin and when I sew the bobbin thread is wavy Is it a tension problem or did the bobbine not load properly or do I have the bobbin in wrong?

Do you mean that the thread on the underside of the stitching is wavy? if so, yes it sounds as if the bobbin thread is not under tension.

Take the bobbin out of the bobbin case and reload, make sure that the bobbin is in the right way and then hold the bobbin still and press the thread tail into the tension spring until you hear it click in. Usually the thread will come off the bobbin, through the tension then reverse direction in a "v" shape.
tally_girl_43.jpgI think this is your bobbin case. So bobbin would go in and rotate anticlockwise, and thread would go into the tension spring south, then reverse direction north so rotary hook catches the thread.

Just make sure thread is fully into the tension spring, pull backwards on it and it should stay in the tension device if its in properly. If not, it will come out.

If you can't get a resolution then the tension spring may have failed, you can buy replacment bobbin cases from Brother, a local dealer or

I trust this helps you resolve the issue, often its just threading up and a bit of a break away for five mins, then fresh eyes, rethread carefully, checking the manual directions, and issue will resolve.

Jul 05, 2011 | Brother PS-1250 Pacesetter

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The top thread & bottom thread aren't 'hooking up'.

you might check your needle to see if it's damaged
make sure you have a 3 to 4 inch thread tail on top & bobbin thread, & hold top thread tail & use the hand wheel on the right & manually move the needle down to see if it will pick up the bobbin thread that way
also check the bobbin area for lint or loose threads

Sep 24, 2010 | Brother PS-1250 Pacesetter

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The top stitch on my machine doesn't seem like it is correct. It seems like it isn't going deep enough into the fabric and hooking well w/ the bottom thread. It almost looks like one long stitch all the...

Hi. I think I know what you mean--the top thread looks like it's just laying across the fabric, right? This is because either the top tension is too tight or the bobbin tension is too loose. (Either condition will look the same.) Try it with a different color thread in the bobbin, you can easily see the bobbin thread cross the top thread on top of your fabric. Here's what to do:
  1. since you should hardly ever need to adjust the bobbin thread, we'll start with the top thread.
  2. Make sure you thread the machine with the pressure foot UP (opens the tension disks) but adjust the tension with the pressure foot DOWN (closes them so they will adjust). Use a size 12 or 14 needle and good-quality thread (it does make a huge difference!)
  3. With different color thread on top and in the bobbin, stitch an inch or so and check the stitch.
  4. Slightly loosen the top tension (move the dial so the numbers go lower). Don't move it a lot, just a little bit.
  5. Stitch again and check. Repeat this process, stitching, checking, and gradually adjusting the tension dial until you don't see any of the bobbin thread on the top (or very, very little) and don't see any of the top thread on the underside (or very, very little).
  6. IF this doesn't get the balance adjusted, then you'll have to play with the bobbin tension. (But generally, once this is set, you shouldn't have to mess with it again.)
  7. There is a tiny screw on the bobbin carrier that tightens or loosens a very small metal strip (where the thread exits the carrier). To tighten the bobbin tension, screw this just a tiny bit to the right. (Turn it to the right to loosen the screw, to the left to tighten it.) Again, just make a small adjustment each time and recheck your stitches.
Few things about sewing are more frustrating than stitches that aren't balanced!

Sure hope this helps!


Apr 22, 2010 | Brother XR7700

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No stitch happening

May sure you are using the correct size of needle and thread suitable for the fabric. make sure the thread in the bobbin and the needle is of the same weight or size. Make sure the needle is changed often - after the completion of an garment. After much use the needles become blunt and cause problems with your stitches.

Also, if the bobbin is jamming that is normally because the machine is threaded incorrectly, or the bobbin case thread is wound unevenly, or the bobbin case is not put in properly.

Try this! Just stop for a while, give yourself a few minutes to relax. When you return pull the User's Manual and slowly go over the instructions, especially the "troubleshooting" section. Also, rethread the machine and the bobbin case by carefully following the steps in your User Manual. I have found that it helps me tremendously when I have problems. Hope it help. Happy Sewing

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Aug 02, 2009 | Janome 8080 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Zigzag stitch pulling tight, looks wrong

Try adusting the bobbin thread instead of the top. Always make sure to insert the bobbin so the thread is pulling in a clock wise direction. Both threads top and bobbin should have about the same resitance when pulled.

May 08, 2009 | Euro-Pro Shark 60 - 384

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I have a pc-8500 and the top thread breaks constantly. I have taken the side off...and see no thread tangled well as haven taken off the bobbin plate to make sure there is no thread tangled...

OK. I was just being kind of an idiot. I replaced the bobbin spool with one that came with it and it's working fine now. Apparently this machine is very picky about the type of bobbin you use.

Nov 05, 2008 | Brother PC-6000 Pacesetter

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Top thread wraps around bobbin

Is it birdnesting under the bottom or it is actually getting tangled inside the bobbin case? I've had my machine for almost a year and don't think I've had your exact issue. Sometimes, when you do a stich over a already stitched portion, you may have a problem with the bobbin and I just generally stop and start it again. It is important that you use the correct needle and also use a good embroidery thread and stablizer. Another thing suggested is changing the needle after about every 5 designs. Also, check the bobbin case to make sure there's no fuzzies caught in it. I use "canned air" like you use on computer keyboards. I also only use 40 weight emboidery thread for the top and actual bobbin thread for the bottom. Other threads can really jam everything up. So it's been trial and error to find the right combinations. Good Luck!

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