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Thread on bottom, bobbin thread loose

I have a singer 6212. The stitches on the top of material look fine but the stictches on bottom are in big loops, way loose and lots of thread. What's wrong?

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  • NanaMae Mar 27, 2008

    The thread underneath fabric is birdnesting. I have tried physically feeling the tension and readjusting. I have tried rethreading the needle through the tension device. The problem still exists.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    when sewing the thread balls up on the bottom stitch you have to tear out the stitch. the thread and material gets caught in the bobbin.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    loose bottom stitch every 25 stitches.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    machine was working fine but now the backside of the stitch is loose and tangled up. when im done i just pull on one thread and the whole stitch comes undone...what do i do to fix this?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    when sewing thread on the bottom would have loose loops and would knot up

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    The top stitch looks great until I looked underneath and a ton of thread in big tight loops, very strange looking. It never really says what number to put it on for a good thread tension. Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    bottom thread not being pulled up

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

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Sounds as though you've misthreaded the upper tension. The best way to verify this would be to thread your machine, lower the presser foot on to the material. Now try pulling the thread through the needle. (Assuming your upper tension dial is set to a number greater than one). You should feel resistance. Should you not feel resistance, rethread your upper tension.

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