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Problem sitching bottom thread doesn't sitch it collects thread and bunches up. Have adjusted tension cleaned machine. Any help would be great. Thanks Phil

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Re: problem sitching

I had this problem when I mixed my singer bobbins with my Janome bobbins. Are you using flat bobbins or rounded ones? If they are rounded, they are your problem. Only flat bobbins work in Janome machines.

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Welcome to FixYa! I am the sewing machine expert that chose to help you with your issue.

There are really only two things that can cause bottom (note: remember that problems with the bottom thread, almost always comes from the top and not the bobbin. Bobbins rarely need tension adjustments). These two things are:
  1. An area was missed when the machine was threaded (most machines have an arrow at each area on the thread path where the thread MUST run or the stitch on the bottom will be sloppy. Threading can be tricky and even the most experienced miss once in a while.
  2. The tension adjustment mechanism in the thread path. If the thread is not properly through this area, the thread on the bottom will be sloppy or if, threaded properly, and the tension is set too loose, the stitch will be sloppy. If the tension is set too tight, the bottom thread will be tight and pucker the fabric.
It is counter-intuitive that problems with the top tension cause problems with the bottom stitch but it sure will.

So try it and see if that helps.

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