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Bobbin tangle Hi. Boy, do I need help.. When I run the machine with no fabric (i.e. to get the bobbin thread pulled up after I dropped it in ), it runs fine. When I put fabric in and begin to sew it makes about 2 stitches then the bobbin thread tangles and forces the whole machine to lock up. Once I've worked the fabric out and clipped threads I can see that the bobbin thread has somehow looped back and has gotten hooked on the hook-like projection on the bottom left side of the bobbin holder. I had just cleaned out lint from the feed dogs, and hook race as depicted in my owner's manual, rethreaded the machine, and then attempted to sew several times - each time the bobbin thread did what I described. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! -Heather

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Can not thread bobbin...bobbin on top

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The top thread is tangling underneath. I have tried everything in the manual to fix this problem and now I have no idea what to do. I have only used this machine about 2 times, then my sister used i

Most likely, you're starting seams incorrectly.
Pull out about 3" of bobbin and top thread.
Raise the needle to full travel height.
Put the fabric under the needle and lower the needle, turning the handwheel in the direction that causes the fabric to feed from the front to the back of the machine.
Drop the presser foot.
Hold the bobbin and top thread ends behind the presser foot while you take the first couple of stitches.
Drop the thread ends and sew normally.

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Top thread tangled in bobbin.

try changing the needle---flat side goes to the back side of the machine
also check the top tension
depending on the fabric your sewing on--the needle & thread have to work
with the fabric--example light fabric needs a different needle & thread than
a heavy fabric
check to see if the thread is coming off the thread take up lever when you

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Bobbin thread tangles

when this happens have you check to see if the thread has come off the thread take up lever?

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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.

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I recently used clear monofilament in my machine to quilt with. Now I can't get the tension right. The top of the fabric looks good but the bottom is tangled up looking. I've been trying to adjust the...

Set the upper tension what you would normally use and then re-thread the machine with the presser foot up and see if this helps.

You also need to get the bobbin tension back to the factory setting.

If this is a rotary bobbin, hold the end of the bobbin thread (in case and through the guides) like a yo-yo. It should not drop and the thread should have some tension, but not so much that it does not feed smoothly with a gentle pull.

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Thread jams in bobbin case

Open the bobbin area and make sure it is clean.

Change to a new needle.

Thread the machine with the presser foot up.

Make sure the bobbin thread is feeding in the correct direction from the bobbin spool and through the guide on the bobbin case.

Take hold of the end of the top thread and lower, then raise the needle to pull the bobbin thread up.

Take hold of both thead ends and pull them under the presser foot and to the back of the machine.

Place fabric under the presser foot. Lower and hand walk the first couple of stitches.

When sewing, and you need to stop to adjust the fabric, make sure the needle is down into the fabric. This will keep the stitch from malformation and causing a possible tangle.

If you need a manual, you can download one free at the Brother website.

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Needle's thread gets tangled in bobbin

First, open the needle plate and make sure the bobbin area is clean and free of lint and thread.

Check the needle to make sure it is not bent and is properly inserted into the holder - usually with the flat side facing to the back of the machine.

Refer to your manual for bobbin insertion to be sure the thread is feeding from the bobbin in the correct direction and through the proper guides.

Always thread a sewing machine with the presser foot up. This opens the tension control and allows the thread to properly enter.

When the foot is down, the tension control closes to the sewing setting and if the thread is not in place, there is no tension on the thread and it gets loopy.

After threading, lower and raise the needle while holding onto the thread tail. This will pull the bobbin thread up through the needle plate. Take hold of both threads and take them under the presser foot and to the back of the machine.

Hand walk the first stitch when sewing and this should keep the top and bottom thread from tangling.

When stopping to change the position of the fabric (turning a corner, sewing a curved seam for example), do so with the needle down into the fabric. This not only anchors the fabric so it does not slip, but prevents mis-stitching.

If you are doing everything according to the manual and are still having a problem, the machine may need to be professionally serviced.

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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

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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).


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