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Sewing Machine: loose stitch that's easy to pull out.

I am using my sisters sewing machine an Elna Funstyler. The bobbin ran out of thread, so I rethreaded it, popped the bobbin back in and now the stitch is loose and easy to pull out and I don't know how to fix it as she doesn't have the manual

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Check that the upper and lower threading are correct. Check that the thread has tension from the bobbin case.

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Yes, it does. There are a couple of reasons the bobbin thread could be bunching up on the underside of the fabric. It could simply be that the machine needs cleaning. Take the bobbin assembly out, brush all the old lint out as best you can, reoil the machine once it's all clean, and make sure there aren't any little bits of thread caught in the bobbin assembly. Rethread the machine (carefully) and change the needle. This solves the problem usually--especially if the machine was sewing along fine and the problem develops suddenly. '
The other thing to check is your tension. It could be that the top tension is too loose. But different color thread in the top and in the bobbin, stitch a few inches (be sure to held the top and bobbin thread ends behind your needle as you start to stitch) and check. WIth the pressure foot down, adjust the tension, and stitch again. Keep stitching, checking, and adjusting until you see little if any bobbin thread on the top or top thread on the bobbin.
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