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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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  • shannanlea76 Jul 07, 2008

    I' hveing the same prob, can SOMEONE help.LOL. thank you shannan

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    my machine is jammed...the knob on the right does not want to turn...did bobbin/thread check..



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Can not thread bobbin...bobbin on top

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I have a Elma 6003 the top stitch is working fine but bobbin is running straight line on bottom could be timing? Adjusted tension already

If the bobbin thread is tight, then its tension needs to be loosened. It should be flexible enough that the top thread can pull the bobbin thread up halfway into the fabric. The ideal tension is when both top and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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Why does bobbin thread keep snagging?

increase the needle thread tension up a bit as it is too loose to pull the bobbin thread up properly
keep adjusting until both threads are at the middle of the materials being sewn

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My bobbin thread continues to bunch up on the back of the fabric.. How can I fix this?

Is it really the bobbin thread that is globbing? Check closely. Usually it is the upper thread accumulating under the fabric.

If it is in fact the bobbin thread, then the bobbin case is not threaded correctly, the bobbin case tension needs adjustment, or it is broken and needs replacement. There are web sites and YouTube videos that show how to adjust the bobbin case tension.

QUICK FIXES: Remove all the thread from the machine. Clean the area around the feed dogs and bobbin area. Oil as instructed in the owner's manual using ONLY fresh, good quality sewing machine oil (only 1-2 drops each spot). Install a brand new needle insuring it is installed correctly. Avoid using fuzzy, old, or bargain bin thread. Rethread: Be sure you raise the presser foot BEFORE threading the upper thread so it will seat properly in the tension disk--and check to make sure you are threading the machine correctly. Check that the upper tension is set properly (the factory standard is usually the halfway point between the high & low number on the selection). Test on a scrap of the fabric you wish to sew. Adjust the upper tension--either tighten to pull the upper thread toward the top of the fabric, or loosen to pull more upper thread down.

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Top thread too tight. Bobbin thread too loose. Bobbin thread bunches up underneath material. The feeder teeth can not feed material through

first thing first - thread inside bobbin should be tightly wound in. Insert bobbin into bobbin case and thread through slot and under the spring. Spring has small screw which regulates the tension. Hold the thread like yo-yo and jerk a little down-up. It should drop just a little (not run down) - that is usually required bottom thread tension,
if not, regulate with the screw. Set top thread tension 3 and sew. If still looping under, increase the top tension higher till the looping disappears. .

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Sewng machine fails to loop on bottom bobbin

There are several possible causes for this problem.

Simplest first.

1) The machine has sat in the closet for three or more months, and the oil has ceased. The fine oil requried for these precision machines does run away, and/or cease up into a grease like paste, causing the parts that move in precise harmony, to be not so precise.
The cure for this, is to remove all thread and fabric, and run the machine full speed for about two to five minutes. This heats up the parts and loosens up ceased parts. A good re application of fresh oil helps too.
NOTE: Check the needle is Straight by turning the machine a couple of turns by hand and seeing that the needle dosn't hit any metal parts. A breaking needle can cause dammage to the machine or user in when operating at high speeds.

2) Tension dials have been knocked out of balance. There is a numbered tension dial on the front of the machine, somewhere along the threads path from spool to needle. if this is too tight, the thread will not leave a loop big enough to catch the bottom thread. Be sure this is set to about 3, usually. It should be adjusted while stitching, when you get to that point.
On the bottom thread, on the Bobbin Holder piece that comes out of the bottom, there is a small screw that adjusts tention of the thread comming out. This screw should not be tight, but tight enough. Completely by tactile intuition, this screw should be adjusted to allow the thread to slide out of the bobbin holder smoothly. It must have some tension to pull the thread from it, but not so much that it is noticeable, or take much of a grip on the thread to pull it out. (difficult to describe)
These two tensioners must balance so the threads, cross paths, but also pull the stitched snugly into the fabric being sewed.

3) Bent Needle, this is a problem if the fabric being sewed has pulled the needle off it's center. If it is not perfectly straight, don't use it.

4) Cheap thread can be a problem. If the thread is frayed, or fuzzy looking, it may be that it will not work with as fine a needle you are using. Needles have various sizes and sized holes to feed the thread through, a fine needle needs fine thread, and coarse thread needs a larger needle.

These are the primary causes of the threads not looping together properly. I hope this helps.

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Thread clogs up bobbin and knots up thread on back side of fabric

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well, common problem when you didn't acquired right set up of tension and clean feed dog,bobbins,shuttle race.on figure right bobbins winding.d329aa1.jpgset up counter clokwise thread rotation, set dial tension on #3 to #4, dial stich to # 8 to #12
only on cotton fabrics,others fabrics such as silk..etc,gradually adjust tension fine the smoothest adjustment,
on fig,thread looping top side threading50302ec.jpg follow threading so you can have fine sewing.also clean under bobbins from chips fabric and dust.have a nice day,don't forget to rate my fix,ythanks a lot

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Shirring fabric?

Drop the bobbin with the elastic in the holder without feeding it through the holder, and enlarge the stitch length,

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Bernina 1008 sewing machine making huge clumps of loops on underside of fabric. have tried moving screw on bobbin in two opposite directions without a sign of improvement.

Hi: You have threaded the machine incorrectly. Rethread the machine with the presser foot up to the needle, pull the thread (loose) and drop the presser foot while pulling thread, thread should get tighter, then thread needle and machine will work fine. Make sure the top tension is set at where you normally have it, probably about #4 or #5

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Janome Sew Mini bobbin problem

Hi, Usually wrap-ups in the bobbin area are caused by the lack of tension on the top thread. The slack arm ( shinny lever that moves up and down while sewing) has to pull the loop around the bobbin case and it does so only if the tension on the top thread is sufficient to keep it from pulling more thread of the spool.
Try this: Thread the top of the machine all the way just short of the needle eye. When the presser foot is up the thread should pull through easily. Now drop the presser foot (this closes the tension discs) and pull the tread while adjusting the upper tension control.
If everything is working correctly you should feel the drag on the thread change if not something is keeping the discs from closing.
Most Janomes aren't too difficult to remove the nose cover, usually just one screw and you can get a look at the thread path. Look for thread wrapped around the mechanism.
Sorry, no easy answer but I hope this helps.

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