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Tension botttom thread gobs up and then locks up

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Make sure the tension is reset to the type of thread you are using, less tension for heavier thread and the needle size larger thread for heavier thread

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PRO LINE BABY LOCK SERGER, BOTTOM LOOP TOO LOOSE.


Make sure the lower looper thread is seated properly in the tension disk. (RAISE the presser foot. Grasp the thread between the thread tree and the tension disk and with the other hand, grasp the thread below the tension disk and give a little tug.) When threading, always RAISE the presser foot so the tension disks are released.

If the lower looper thread is still too loose, set it to a tighter setting until it creates the stitch you want.

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Lots of thread on bobbin side


If it is the top thread making gobs under the fabric (thread nesting or bird nesting), usually the upper tension needs to be tightened.

Install a brand new needle. Raise the presser foot and re-thread from the beginning. (Raising the presser foot allows the thread to seat properly in the tension disks.) Check your manual to be sure you are threading correctly. Re-test the stitch and tighten or loosen the upper tension until both upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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Won't sew stitch patterns, thread gobs up on underside fabric


it is called bird nesting and indicates that the needle thread is not tight enough

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Fix tension on Singer 4552SW


The needle thread breaks
1. the needle thread is not threaded properly
2. The needle thread tension is to tight--if tension is too tight back
off one number or letter at a time, if thread is too loose increase
one number or letter at a time till you get the correct stitch
3. The needle is bent or blunt
4. The needle is incorrectly inserted
5. The needle thread & the bobbin thread are not set under the presser foot when starting to sew
6. the threads were not drawn to the rear after sewing
7. The thread is either to heavy or to fine for the needle
8.also check to make sure the top thread has not come off the thread
take up lever
if you don't have a manual, & want one, singer has a free pdf
manual to download

Go to the singer website

Click on customer support--there will be a drop down menu

Choose instruction manual

In the box type the model number( example 4552) do not put in
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Click search

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Gobbs of thread gather on backside of material, while front stitch is good...how do I correct this


Hi! Here are two things to check that generally cause problems like this:

1. Check that you're threading the machine correctly, especially the take-up lever.

2. It may be that you need to tighten the top tension. When the top tension is too loose, it'll cause big gobs of thread, like you say, on the back of the material. All this thread is actually top thread (not bobbin thread). (I recommend using different colored threads in your top thread and in your bobbin when you suspect tension problems.)

A couple of things to remember when you are adjusting the tension:
  • Always adjust the tension with the pressure foot DOWN.
  • Thread the machine with the pressure foot UP (so the thread can slip easily into the tension disks).
  • The higher the number on the dial, the tighter the tension.
  • Adjust in small increments. Stitch a few inches, check, adjust, stitch, check adjust--and repeat as needed.
I'm in the process of posting some photos about tension adjustments on www.robbiesews.blogspot.com. Check there later tonight and I should have them up.

Let me know if this helps, ok?


Robbie

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Bottom thread is tangling and machine is stuck


This is called "nesting" and occurs when there is poor tension on the top thread. Un-thread your machine, use canned air (available at most office supply stores or any store that sells office products) and give a short blast of air into the side where the tension discs are located. Sometimes there will be a gob of thread or lint that is keeping the discs from closing all of the way. After doing this, check your upper tension to make sure it is set on the right number. For sewing with regular construction thread, such as cotton or 100% polyester, it should be set on 4. If you are sewing with monofilament thread or metallic thread, the number will be lower. The lower the number, the less the tension. After you have checked the tension, thread your machine with the foot in the UP position. One of the most common mistakes sewers make is threading the machine with the foot down. When the foot is in the up position, the tension discs are open and the thread can be fed in between them. Once you have threaded your machine and before you thread the needle, put the foot down. This closes the tension discs on the thread and keeps it from coming out while you thread the needle. Give a gentle tug on the thread. It should have good resistance. If it pulls freely off the spool, either it is not threaded correctly or you still have gunk in between your tension discs.
Now stitch out on some scrap fabric and you should have no more problems. If you continue to have nesting after doing these things, your problem could be with the type of fabric you are sewing in combination with the stitch you are trying to sew. If you are sewing with batik fabrics which have a very tight weave or with lightweight fabrics, you may have to use a straight stitch plate or wash-away stabilizer. Hope this helps!

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Singer 301A needle breaks


do you have a book, refer to threading. This machine threads differently than most, threads like a 221 featherweight. Needle goes in backwards, and threads backwards. in wrong and you can have problems, also threading can cause your problem if you have missed tension or a thread guide. great little machine

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Thread bunches up under the fabric


For normal everyday fabric, tension should be 3-5.
If it is looping on the bottom, the problem is the threading of the machine. If it loops on the top then the problem is with the bobbin.

Mar 22, 2009 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Stitching won't stay in place


upper thread tension may be too loose
needle may have a slight bend in it
may need cleaning use canned air to blow out lintmaybe take in to a repair shop and have them check it out and show you about the cleaning process.

Mar 01, 2009 | Sewing Machines

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Singer 301A stitch jam


It sounds like your feed pressure and tension are both off. Try sewing with out thread. If the fabric goes all over the place, you need to adjust the feed pressure (the screw on the top of the machine). Tighten it down until your fabric feeds evenly. If the fabric is bogging and not feeding, you need to loosen it.
Your tension sounds like it is off as well. Make sure it is set around 2-3 and check your tension disc, make sure there is no thread in between the disc. If so, remove it. Now, thread the machine and check the thread through the needle. It should pull out quickly and smoothly. Now, put the presser foot in the down position and pull the thread, it should have some resistance. If not, your tension is set too low. Turn it up a little and try sewing. If the thread is still knotting up, you can turn the tension up to about 5, if that does not correct the problem, you will need to adjust the tension dial itself. To do this, press on the numbered part of the dial and it will push in, then turn it to a lower number, release and make sure it has locked back into place. Then adjust again as I previously instructed.

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