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My thread is jumping out of the number 3 and 4 thead up causing bird nesting bad what do I do

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Increase the needle thread tension as bird nesting is indicitive that the tension is tool loose

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Why does the needle make knots at the bottom?


Those are called bird nests or thread nests (or what I prefer to call thread barfs).

The most frequent cause is that the presser foot should ALWAYS BE RAISED when threading the top thread.

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I have a pe770 embroidery machine by brother. I had to replace the bobbin holder. Now I am getting bird nesting I up the tension on top did not help I am at a lost help


This process will do much to reduce the bird nesting you are experiencing.

Remove the top thread from your machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the top thread. This allows the thread to seat firmly in the tension disk.
Set the top tension to the midway point (may need to tweak this for your particular machine).
In addition: Pull the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric. Gently hold both top and bobbin thread tails in your left hand and slowly take the first couple of stitches.

Some people claim that if they manually sink the needle into the fabric before pressing on the foot control will greatly reduce bird nesting.

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I replaced the bobbin holder and the thread is jumping out of number 3@4 also causing bird nest what do I do


The bobbin case is most likely not the problem.

The problem is probably with the top thread threading, ie the thread is not seated completely in the tension disk. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the top thread.

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needle thread tension not tight enough

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Hi I am having problem with my sewing machine. Thread gets all tangled up on the bottom of the fabric... My husband is very smart about machine and needs just suggestions from you.


That is called bird nesting or thread nesting and usually results from: mis-threading, thread not seated fully in the upper tension disk, or upper tension too loose. (Mis-threading may not be a user error--sometimes the thread will "jump" out of thread guide or the take-up lever.)

Remove the thread from the machine. 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 and retest your machine. The upper tension will probably need some tweaking for your particular machine, but the mid-point is a good place to start.


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


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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Fashion Mate 248. The top stitch is fine but will gather too much under the material. Wraps around the bobbin holder and tangle up into the bobbin thread. Does anybody know whats going on?


That is what is referred to as bird nesting or thread nesting. It usually results from mis-threading, the thread not being fully seated in the tension disk, or the tension set too loose. (I have a machine that does this frequently because the thread "jumps" out of the take up lever when sewing fast--instant thread mess.)

Remove the thread from the machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Make sure the thread path is correct. Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number. (You will probably need to tweak the upper tension because every machine differs over time, but the midway point is the factory standard setting.)

While you are at it, check to make sure the bobbin is loaded and threaded correctly in the bobbin case.

If you continue to have issues, you may need to take it for service.

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needle thread tension is too light
increase that tension setting

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by bird nesting do you mean the thread is bunching up under the material
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