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The bobbin is loaded but when i go to use it I get a tangled mess of thread underneath my fabric

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Usual cause is bobbin threaded wrong or more commonly improper tension of the upper thread. Sometimes the bobbin tension may be wrong due to thread size change etc.

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Bottom thread is all tangled when I sew. Top looks fine, then flip it over and it's a mess.


is it the top thread that is too loose and making the messy stitch or the bobbin thread. if it is the top thread coming down and making large loops that tangle increase your top tension slowly try a few stitches, repeat till you get back to normal.
If it is the bobbin thread that is tangling, first make sure you are using the same thread top and bottom, some will just not work together, then rethread the bobbin, if it is still too loose there is a little screw on the side of the bobbin casing, the larger of the two, turn it no more than a 1/10 turn to the right if too loose and to the left if too tight. I would make the starting point with a piece of tape or nail polish so you can get back to where you were if this is not the problem. My book says you very rarely ever have to touch the bobbin tension. good luck

Jun 14, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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I am having trouble getting the bobbin to function properly during sewing.


It could be the top thread is the problem. Might try removing all the thread. Consult the owner's manual for threading instructions. RAISE the presser foot BEFORE threading the upper thread so the thread will seat properly in the tension disk. Re-thread from the beginning carefully following the instructions--do not miss any spots or thread guides.

If top thread is still creating a mess of loops under the fabric, try tightening the upper tension. The tension is ideal when both upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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Dec 10, 2015 | Singer 5160 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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My machine is suddenly locking up and the thread is getting tangled underneath the fabric.


Check the bobbin tension and that the thread is tight around the bobbin. Make sure that the bobbin is in the right way around - the bobbin thread should double back on itself coming out of the bobbin holder.

Feb 23, 2011 | Brother CS-8072 Computerized Sewing...

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I place the fabric on the machine, lower the foot and apply pressure to the foot peddle, when the machine begins to sew fabric is pulled down and the lower thread tangles, the machine make a crunching...


This is easily solved. Before you start sewing make sure your upper and lower threads are long enough for you to hold before lowering the presser foot. If these threads are too short they both get carried down into the bobbin along with the fabric and cause a big tangled mess. Always hold your threads at the back of your work with your left hand then lower your pressure foot and don't release the threads untill you have taken several stitches. Keep holding these threads during backstitching at the beggining of a seam too. Works like magic.

Dec 21, 2010 | Brother XL-3500

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My machine is a designer 2 but I encounterd a problem with my stich getting all tangled. tryed to clean the bobbin case and under, stich is still tangling bad.


Be absolutely sure that the machine is threaded correctly, with the upper thread clicked into the tension discs (the presser foot MUST be raised when you thread so the tensions discs are open to receive the thread) and bobbin thread clicked into the bobbin tension slot. Change the needle - a bent or blunt needle can cause tangles. Hold onto the thread tails for two or three stitches when you first start sewing to avoid them being drawn down under the fabric and making a mess.

Dec 19, 2010 | Husqvarna Designer I

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My Husqvarna started having problems with the bobbin. The thread from the bobbin side is a tangled mess when I stitch. The top looks fine, but the seam falls apart easily and the backside is all tangled....


My Husqvarna started having problems with the bobbin. The thread from the bobbin side is a tangled mess when I stitch. The top looks fine, but the seam falls apart easily and the backside is all tangled. I cleaned underneath the bobbin holder but it didn't help.

Oct 13, 2010 | Husqvarna Viking 1

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I have a Necchi 535 sewing machine and the thread tangles


if the thread under the fabric is a matted mess
1.the needle thread tension is to loose
2.needle is either to heavy or to fine for the thread
3.check to make sure the thread isn't off the thread take-up lever

Jul 30, 2010 | Necchi Sewing Machines

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My sewing machine will not pick up the bobbin thread. It sounds normal and pulls the fabric through, but the threads do not intertwine. I had been having problems with the bottom thread clogging and...


when the needle pulls the fabric into the feed dog you dont have enough fabric behund the neelde when you srart, and the fabric gets caught in the feed and the bobbin case underneath clean it out anf change the needle they often get bent after they get tangled in the thread and fabric

Dec 10, 2009 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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The top thread is really loopy on the underside of the fabric, sometimes it misses a stitch, sometimes, the upper thread breaks, and it often gets so tangled underneath that the machine won't feed.


Your tension is way too loose on top or too tight on the bobbin. Try adjusting the top tension one number at a time until you get it right. (Only adjust the bobbin tension as a last resort). Also you could have different thickness of thread in the bobbin than on the top or are sewing a very heavy fabric. Try adjusting the tension with same thread in both bobbin and top and use a normal weight fabric until you find the right tension to get you back to a normal stitch before going to a heavier fabric or thread.

Nov 19, 2009 | Craft Master 4300 Mechanical Sewing...

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Bobbin thread tangling up


are you doing embroidery? if so turn off jump stitch cutting if possible. is the machine threaded correctly (pull needle thread out of machine and thread again with presser foot raised.

check for foreign matter in needle tension assembly. ensure there is sufficient needle thread tension.

the thread you see caught up underneath the fabric will be needle thread and indicates insufficient needle thread tension or something preventing the needle thread from being pulled up into the fabric (maybe a damaged bobbin case, or bobbin case position finger, or damaged needle plate hole).

goodluck,
scott

Jul 27, 2009 | Baby Lock Ellure

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