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My bobbin thread breaks after sewing for 5"-10'. I can feel a little pull and then the tread breaks/

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There r several resons: 1) Metal face plate where the thread goes up is damaged. Need to sand it down. Smoothen it. 2) Replace needle. 3) There r sharp edges where the thread is pick up is doing the cutting. Sand it to smoothen. 4) Loosen the screw on the bobbin case. Remove the lint where the thread goes though.

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How to adjust bobbin case for proper movement.


  1. Using a doubled piece of fabric similar to what you have in mind for your project, sew a seam on the diagonal-pulling the fabric on the diagonal to break the threads. (Ideal tension would either break neither thread or break both threads. So, a single breaking thread signals that the tension needs adjusting.)
  2. Snap out the faceplate to remove it & to gain access the bobbin area below the sewing needle.
  3. Remove the bobbin case & bobbin-lifting the hinged latch that you would to wind a new bobbin-leaving the bobbin in the case. (You need it in there to feel the tension as you adjust it.)
  4. Using a small screwdriver, very slightly turn the screw on the side of the bobbin case clockwise to increase tension; counterclockwise to decrease tension.
  5. Pull the bobbin thread while you hold the bobbin in its case & feel the thread's tension. Too tight of tension would prevent the thread from dispensing (& possibly break), but too loose of tension would allow the bobbin to fall out of its case.
  6. Return the bobbin case to the sewing machine & close the faceplate.
  7. Repeat this whole routine from Step One on the doubled fabric. Stitching should run along both the top & the bottom in the same way-locking in the center. A diagonal pull of the fabric should show which thread(s) break(s). Repeat Steps Two through Four to only adjust the screw aside the bobbin case in order to allow the threads to lock in the center of the fabric with both threads having the same break or no-break result.
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Nov 29, 2014 | Singer 2732 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Viking Sewing Machine


Be sure you haven't missed a loop while threading the bobbin. If that's not it, check how well the bobbin is turning on the spindle. If it is threaded properly and you have cleaned it, I suspect you will find some damage to the bobbin that is causing it to bind on the spindle. If you have another bobbin, try it and see what happens.

Post back to let me know what you find.

Oct 17, 2007 | Husqvarna Viking 1

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My viking emerald 118 machine just started breaking needles and the bobbin thread will not hold. YOu can pull the bobbin stitch out by pulling the thread.


Check the upper tension by lowering the presser foot and pulling on the thread through the needle. You should feel resistance. If not, take a stiff brush and clean out the tension disks/dials removing any loose threads or lint. If upper tension is ok, check bobbin tension by pulling thread through needle plate opening. You should feel resistance. If not, remove bobbin case and brush any loose threads or lint from the case, especially in the tension spring where the thread is snapped into place. You may need to use a sharp needle to dig in between the spring but be careful that you don't damage it.

Jun 17, 2014 | Husqvarna Viking Emerald 116 Sewing...

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Thread is bunching up in bottom.


It sounds like you have no tension on the bottom bobbin reel. Did you check your tension on the bobbin reel. The tension must be right on both sides. When pulling on the cotton when the reel is in its bobbin case you need to feel a little resistance. Adjust the tiny srew on the bobbin case to tighten the reel to avoid it to turn in the casing.

Jan 11, 2014 | Brother PE770 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Why is my thread breaking?


This was happening to me when I put new needle and I just checked tension on bobbin thread and for some reason it was to tight, adjusted to make looser as shown in manual and the tread stopped breaking.

Jul 19, 2013 | PfaFF Creative 7570

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Necchi 535FA--the tension seems to be off. The thread keeps breaking or pulling out of the needle. When i sew on cotton it was working then when I switched to a stretchy faux crushed velvet the tread...


Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
2.Needle set in crooked===============Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
======================================or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly===remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under====check threading of
tension===============================bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension=======clean between tension discs


Thank you and good luck.

Jun 06, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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The top thread continues to break once I begin sewing. I have done all the recommended changes (tension controls, etc.) Everything is threaded correctly. It appears the top thread or the bobbin thread...


I know you've said you have checked the tensions but that usually is the problem. When you pull on the top thread after it goes through the tension but before you thread it through the needle is there some tension but not so much that it breaks when you gently pull on it? It will be a bit harder to pull it at the point after it goes through the needle but it should have a bit of give there too without breaking.

Also check the bobbin again. Take it out of the machine and examine how the thread is wound around the bobbin. Is it all criss crossed or is it fairly evenly wound? Is it in the right direction and through the tension slot? Now dangle it by the thread while in the bobbin case. It should not just reel out to the floor but should slip a bit with some tension and hang there. A slight **** of the wrist should cause it to release a bit more thread and drop a bit more to the floor. It should allow slip but it shouldn't just reel out fast.

When you reinsert the bobbin case into the machine you should feel/hear a slight click as it catches into place.

Also check the needle though that usually isn't what causes this kind of problem.

The thread will break when it has no 'give'. Either the tensions aren't quite right or it is catching somewhere along the way through the various guides where you thread it. Oh and make sure the spool itself is freely turning on the spindle! Sometimes it is because of catching at that point and simply turning the spool upside down so it can't catch will solve the problem ! :)

May 24, 2011 | Simplicity Pioneer II SA200 Mechanical...

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Thread in needle or bobbin keeps on breaking


The tread only breaks in the needle. what can i do . i don't get to sew anything . I tread the needle and get everything ready and start the machine and as quickly as that the tread is broken and the machine has not sewn at all.

Apr 07, 2009 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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The thread keeps breaking from the needle the bobbin thread is loose


Check to make sure the there is no damage to the needle plate. A gouged plate will rub the thread when it passes and break it. Make sure the tension number is between 3-5. To check your bobbin thread, once you put the bobbin in and have it threaded properly, pull on the thread, if it has a little resistance, it is probably good, if it pulls through too easily, adjust the screw, just a very minor bit until you feel some resistance. Then try again. Sometimes it takes a little back and forth to get it right, better to go in small amounts than large leaps.

Jan 15, 2009 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Sewing machines


Firstly-check the needle is in correctly.If the needle is slightly bent it will not pick up the bottom thread. When top and bottom are threaded, pull the threads towards you. Hold the top thread between finger and thumb and hold but do not pull tight. Turn the flywheel towards you while holding the thread at a 45 degree andgle in front of you, upwards. You should feel it loop and give it a very gentle lift and pull as you feel it. There are some good videos of this on youtube Ive found which may help you-just search for "threading a sewing machine".If no manual supplied-contact either the seller or the manufacturer to get one.

Apr 15, 2008 | Euro-Pro Shark 80 - 7133

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