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On rmy riccar sewing machine..After I sew a seam the top stitch seems fine, but underneath the thread is all bunched up in a wad.

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Thread nesting is a result of the top thread not being full seated in the tension disk or the machine is threaded incorrectly (missed a thread guide or threaded out of order).

Remove the top thread from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning.
Verify the thread path is correct.

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Increase the needle thread tension
the term is bird nesting and is caused because the needle thread is not pulling the bobbin thread up

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After sewing a few stitches, the machine gets jammed. the top stitch looks fine, but underneath there's a ton of thread all bunched up (top spool thread)


What you are seeing is called "bird's nesting." There are two main reasons for "bird's nesting."
The first one is the thread not between the tension disks. That allows the thread to be pulled from the spool instead of pulling the thread tight from underneath. Always make sure to always put up your presser foot before you thread the tension disks. I also check the thread after I finish to make sure the top thread has good tension on it before sewing.
The second reason is the thread is not being pulled by the take up lever. Make sure you see it being pulled by the take up lever before you start sewing. If not, rethread it.

Good luck.

Jan 02, 2016 | Singer 8280 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Won't sew! Loads of top thread bundles up around bobbin casing.


First... make sure you are threading it correctly. It MUST be threaded with the foot up.

Do a test seam. Make sure you put the presser foot DOWN when you sew.

Make sure you grasp and hold the bobbin and top threads as you begin the seam. (this is good practice for any seamstress on any machine.

If you still get loops, tighten top tension.

Also check the bobbin case for burrs. drag a finger nail along edges to feel for it catching. If you find one take a small bit of extra fine sand paper and file it off.

Good luck

Nov 12, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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There is something wrong with the bobbin. When I sew it catches somewhere and bunches thread up underneath


Does this only happen when you begin sewing????? Make sure your upper and lower threads are long enough for you to hold them.......lower your pressure foot and don't release the threads until you have sewn several stitches into the seam. If you don't hold the threads when starting a seam...both threads often get pulled down into the bobbin area and cause a big tangled mess. Hope this helps.

Dec 20, 2010 | Kenmore 756A-30BH Mechanical Sewing...

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My machine is stitching, it just keeps bunching on the underside of my material and I end up with this wad of thread. Why is it doing this?


check to see if the needle is damaged
some sewing machines bunch up on the underside when the thread come off the thread take up lever

Sep 27, 2010 | Singer 3116 Simple

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I have my grandmother's old sewing machine and have a basic knowledge of sewing. It seemed to be working fine until the last time I brought it out to sew, it is stitching very tight and bunching up the...


you might try changing the needle
check to see if the thread is hanging or caught on anything like the spool pin, the notch on the thread spool
sometimes the thread can come off the thread take up lever, I have that problem alot on my machanical sewing machine
happy sewing

Sep 23, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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THREAD GET BUNCHED UP UNDERNEATH THE FABRIC, THE STICHES SEEM TO BE INCOMPLETE THE TOP LOOKS GOOD THAN I TURN IT OVER AND THE THEAD IS BUNCHED AND LONG LOOPS OF THREAD ARE LEFT. THANKS LOU


Hi Lou! This sounds like a tension problem--the tension on the top thread is too loose. Try using different color threads on the top and bobbin, then carefully rethread everything. Stitch a couple of inches and check the underside. If the top stitches look fine and the bottom ones are loose and loopy, and with the pressure foot down, tighten the tension. Move the knob or dial (whichever you have) just a little bit. Sew a couple of inches more, and recheck. Continue to sew and recheck, gradually tightening the tension, until you see little if any bobbin thread on the top or top thread on the underside of the fabric.

Let me know if this helps, ok?


Robbie

Jan 27, 2010 | Singer Sewing Machines

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My new sewing machine, just opened to use, is bunching thread on the underneath or bobbin side when I attempt to straight stitch. What is causing this to happen. Thanks.


re thread the top and bobbin threads

after pulling up the bobbin thread pull both threads to the back and hol them when stitching the first few stitches

with out holing the threads the machine will pull the thread into the machine and bunch the thread

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What size needle are you using?

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Singer CE-100 Embroidery thread bunches up underneath fabric


I had this problem and it all came down to using the wrong backing. I kep trying to use tearaway on everything but WRONG. Using the proper backing corrects most problems. Good Luck!

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