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Try turning bobbin around or try adjusting the tension

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Bernina sewing machine 1630.. Stitch won't stay in. Bobbin thread pulls out ???

Clip the top thread next to the spool. Raise the presser foot and pull the clipped thread DOWN through the needle eye. (Always remove the top thread in this manner. NEVER pull the top thread up!!!)

Now, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread the top thread. Verify the thread path is correct.

Set the top tension to the midway point (then tweak the tension by testing).

If the bobbin thread is still pulling out, the top thread tension needs to be tightened. The tension is correct when the top thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric.

Understanding Thread Tension Threads

How to Achieve Ideal Sewing Machine Thread Tension Threads

Sewing Lesson 10 How to Fix Tension on Your Sewing Machine


Jun 27, 2017 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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Top thread keeps breaking after the first run of stiching and when it automatically does the back stitch and cut thread the thread breaks

Sounds like either the tension is set too tight or the thread is hanging up on a snag or burr in the thread path. Could also be a mis-threading issue.

Remove the thread from the machine. Be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the machine. This releases the tension disk and allows the thread to seat completely. Rethread from the beginning and verify the thread path is correct.

Feb 23, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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I sewed a support seam on neck line. got the bumpy stitches from bobbin. rewound bobbin, threaded machine. went to sew and now nothing works. it wont sew.

Not quite sure since the symptoms are not clear. "Bumpy stitches from bobbin"--does that mean there were thread nests on the bobbin side of the fabric? That is thread nesting or bird nesting resulting usually from mis-threading, upper thread not completely seated in tension disk, or upper tension too loose. Remove the upper thread from the machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning--verify the thread path is correct. Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number and retest the machine. (Upper tension may need to be tweaked because fabric, thread, and age of the machine will have an affect.)

Check that the bobbin is wound smoothly--no lumps, bumps, or thread ends/pieces sticking out of the bobbin. Check that the bobbin is installed in the bobbin case correctly (turning the proper direction) and the bobbin tension is threaded completely.

If the upper thread is not picking up the bobbin thread, make sure to install a brand new needle. (I don't try to straighten or "fix" damaged needles. With today's computerized machines, it may cause more damage than a new needle would cost. That may work on the old mechanical machines like the Singer Featherweights, but my machines are too important to risk for the price of a needle.) If it still won't pick up the bobbin thread, then the machine's timing has probably been knocked out of alignment. Search for sewing machine timing or take it for service.


Jan 14, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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And second problem is It keeps jamming when sewing little And thread keeps cutting too out of needle Sew empty stitching

If thread is breaking at the needle, change the needle. It could be damaged and snagging the thread. However, if there is a burr in the needle plate, that could be catching and breaking the thread. Try different thread. Be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading. Verify the thread path is correct and that each thread is seated completely in the tension disk. The tension may be too tight.

Dec 12, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Thread breakage on janome1600

How old is the thread? Old thread can lose its elasticity over time and dry out making it weak. Also, the thread should match the needle and the fabric or there may be tension or breakage. And try changing the needle...the smallest burr ( you may not see it) can fray and cut the thread as you sew. Make sure the bobbin thread and sewing thread match...two different thread don't always get along.

Nov 28, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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SL1T Toyota overlocking machine, with a differential knob, four thread, 2needles. Which thread tensions for sewing stretchy fabric together? Also I cannot get my needles aligned.

If you are unable to locate a manual for your machine, perhaps a manual for a different machine would be helpful. At least it describes the type of stitch and what tensions to set. (The middle tension setting on the Bernina 1150 is 4, so you can equivocate that with your machine's settings.)


Once you decide what stitch you want, you will need to practice on some scrap fabric (the same as your garment) and test how it looks and adjust from there. Depends also how much you want or do not want your fabric to stretch. Too much stretch will make a wavy seam.

There are also some workbooks available that you can work through each type of stitch.

Bernina Mastery Workbooks

As for needle alignment, one needle always sets higher than the other. That is normal unless the needles are not catching the looper threads. Then the machine may have a timing issue. Take it for service.



Oct 08, 2016 | Toyota Sewing Machines

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Upper thread always cuts. Straight stitch doesn't work. The upper thread always cuts. The tension is No. 3. The stitches is adjusted to no, 2. The fabric is thin, soft and Lacey . Please advice.

Be sure to install a brand new needle of the type suitable for the fabric you are sewing.
All About Needles

Use a thread that is suitable for the fabric. If you are sewing fine, light-weight fabric, use a fine thread--avoid old or bargain bin thread. Use the same upper thread in the bobbin.

When threading, always raise the presser foot so the thread will seat properly in the thread tension and verify that the thread path is correct (consult the manual).

Standard tension is usually the midway point between high & low number. The stitch length could be set a little higher than a 2--maybe a 2.25 or 2.5 for light fabric.

Since you are sewing fine fabric, it sometimes helps to use a removable stabilizer to give the fabric some extra body while stitching--perhaps a wash-away stabilizer if the fabric is washable.

Test your machine on scraps of the fabric you will be sewing. Re-adjust the tension as needed. The correct tension is when both upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

If the thread continues to break, then there could be a burr or nick somewhere that is catching the thread and causing it to break. Could also be a needle/hook timing issue.


Apr 24, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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After you stitch about two inches the top needle thread wraps around the bobbin stopping the machine.

try these suggstions

1. new needle--one for the fabric being used--flat side always goes to the back--make sure the presser foot in up
2. make sure the thread has not come off the thread take up lever
3. rethread the machine--use Every Thread Guide

Jun 15, 2015 | Singer Pixie Plus Sewing Machine

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The needle wont stayed treadedwhile sewing. I have changed out the needle and changed out the thread and it keeps unthereading while sewing the bobber is working just wont stay threaded threw the neddle

My trouble shooting suggestions are:

check that the thread is in the thread take up lever eye correctly
Is the top tension set too tight, ie should be on 5
Is the thread catching somewhere in the thread path?
Is it catching on the thread spool itself, sometimes they have a little notch cut in the top edge to hold the thread tail but it could be getting caught in there during sewing. If so, turn thread spool up the other way or use a mushroom cap on top to hold the thread off the spool top edge.

just go through the top threading path checking thread is into all thread eyes correctly and not catching on anything and that it is threaded correctly, it should be one of the above causing this.

Jul 10, 2011 | Brother Sewing Machines

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