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Stiches at the bottom come out like a rats nest not sewing right?

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Generally, thread issues that appear under the fabric are the result of an upper thread problem. What you describe sounds like bird nesting or thread nesting and are usually a result of: mis-threading, thread not being fully seated in the tension disk, and/or upper tension too loose.

Remove the upper thread. ALWAYS raise the presser foot. Rethread from the beginning. Verify the thread path is correct. Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low numbers (although this will probably need to be tweaked for your particular machine). Retest your machine. Adjust the upper tension until both threads meet in the middle of your fabric.

FWIW, mis-threading may not be your mistake. I have an older machine that the take-up lever is open at the top. Sometimes, usually when sewing fast, the thread will literally "jump" out of that take-up lever and...instant thread mess... So, if this sort of thing occurs frequently with your machine, try to narrow where the problem originates. With my machine, I "manufactured" a method of closing the opening in the take-up lever. Voila! No more jumping thread!

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Thread nests (also called bird nests).

Remove the top thread.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning.


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That is called thread nesting or bird nesting--or what I like to call thread "barfs."

Be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the top thread. This releases the tension disk so the thread will seat completely.

Bring the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric and gently hold both thread tails in your left hand while taking the first stitch or two. It may be beneficial to manually turn the handwheel for the first couple of stitches. It also helps to have the take-up lever at it's highest point BEFORE starting to stitch.

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I am not sure, but you can try this:
when the tension of the thread obove is loose, it jams down. Different fabrics call for different tension.
Try tightening it buy screwing colckwise above the needle. Use a piece of fabric to investigate the best tension for your proyect.
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The rats nests that you are describing I assume are on the bottom of your work. If this is the case, it tends to generally be caused by incorrect tension from the upper thread, or incorrect theading of the upper thread.
Occasionally the tension of the bobbin could also be out.
As a rough guide the tension of the thread as it leaves the bobbin should be that it needs a gentle pull to release it. If you were to hold the thread only & let the bobbin hang, it should only release if you were to like shake the bobbin toward the ground. Anything other tension would mean adjustment of the bobbin screw.
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