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My kenmore model385.16221300 the thread keeps braking and the underside has big loops of thread

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What you have is bird nesting or thread nesting and could be a result of several things. Usually, it is because the machine is mis-threaded, the thread is not seated in the tension disk, and/or the upper tension is too loose.

Remove the upper thread. ALWAYS raise the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Verify the thread path is correct. Set the upper tension at the midway point between high & low number. Retest your machine.

You may need to tweak the upper tension to get it where it should be as all machines differ. The tension is correct when the upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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Janome one step Despite altering the tension dial the top thread is looping on underside of material and when pressing the reverse button material puckers.I tried adjusting the tension dial from 0-9


Usually, this occurs because the top thread is not fully seated in the tension disk.

Remove the top thread from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning.
Reset your top tension to the midway point and then tweak it.

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Pfaff Creative 2 loops on underside of fabric


Although there could be several reasons, this is generally called bird nesting or thread nesting. It is usually a result of loose upper tension, mis-threading, or possibly a needle/thread/fabric incompatibility.

#1--when you thread, make sure you ALWAYS raise the presser foot so the thread seats in the tension disk. And, be sure to change the needle often...

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Birds nest under the fabric big loops of thread top side looks good...

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The thread is making large tangled loops on the underside of the fabric


Upper thread tension problem or it is not threaded properly.

Aug 22, 2014 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Thread is botching up on the bottom. kenmore 17828490


Check the top tension dial is set to the middle setting of 5 or so and also check if the thread is actually between the tension discs and under tension. Lower the pressure foot, then pull the top thread just before it gets to the needle, it should be very firm. If not, then raise the pressure foot, pull the thread out and rethread the top thread, pulling it firmly between the tension discs.

Loops on the underside is usually top tension issues and visa versa if you get loops on top, check the bobbin thread tension.

Apr 27, 2011 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Hi, What steps do I need to take to correct loops on the underside of the fabric. I have changed the needle, re-threaded the machine, switched the bobbin


Looping on the underside is usually your top thread coming through as its not under tension correctly. So rethread the top of the machine carefully, checking your threading diagram in the manual and checking the thread is going between the tension discs carefully.

You also should clean between the tension discs regularly as thread sheds dye particles and fine fibres and this will build up with time. Turn tension dial to zero, then carefully slide in the selvage edge of a piece of waste cotton and slide it back and forwards between the discs carefully to remove any buildup.

Now turn tension dial back to the medium number, usually 4 or 5 is the recommended setting, and rethread top and bottom as per your manual threading diagram, and try again.

There is good general machine maintenance and threading information at www.sewing.about.com, however if the above fails to improve the situation, then perhaps the top tension device has failed and needs replacing.

Mar 09, 2011 | Kenmore 19233 Computerized Sewing Machine

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I think the bobbin tension is off - I have large thread loops on the underside of the fabric when I sew


It sounds crazy but if you have loops on the underside of your fabric it means your upper thread is not properly threaded (and vice versa for loops on the top of your fabric). So re-thread your top thread, change to a new needle if you've been sewing with it for a months and you should be good to go. Let me know if you need any more help.

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My needle thread keeps bunching and llooping on the underside of the fabric. I have re-threaded the needle, adjusted the tension and cleaned out the bobbin case.


If you getting loops on the bottom of your material, you need to re-thread the top of your machine. I say this because it is very rare when you will have to adjust the bobbin tension. But if you must, looking straight down at the bobbin as a clock- at 6:00 is the bobbin tension adjustment- lefty lucy, righty tighty. Hope this helps.





Make sure the needle is inserted in the machine properly- a good rule of thumb is the flat side of the needle should go to the opposite side of the last thread guide. Also make sure the machine is threaded correct
There is no standard tension for any machine to be set at. They start at four when they are brand new, however, after years and years the springs become compressed. You could start at four and then play around with it from there. If you are getting loops underneath the material, you are threading the machine incorrectly.

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