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Singer simple- thread is bunching at the bottom of my material. I have tried different tension settings.

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"Birdnesting" occurs when there is no tension on the needle thread to pull the bobbin thread. This is easily corrected by rethreading the machine, following the threading path carefully and making sure the thread is fully engaged in the tension mechanism.

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The bottom thread shows on the top, and the top thread shows on the bottom evenly. Have rethreaded and changed needles. ???


To pull the thread through the material the thread tension for the top and bottom is too tight.
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Thread keeps bunching on the bottom of the material when I sew. Have a Singer Futura 920


Generally bunching underneath is related to the top tension. Check your tensions - you might have to fiddle around a bit to get it right

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Which stitch are you using?

To check thread tension for straight stitches, use different colors of thread in your top thread and bobbin. If the top thread shows on the bottom of the fabric, turn the dial counter-clockwise (towards a lower number). If the bottom thread shows on the top, turn the dial clockwise. Do not adjust the tension too much (for example, go from 2 to 2.5 if increasing the tension) at a time; test another set of stitches. Alternatively, you can adjust the bobbin tension in the reverse directions. However, it's very easy to damage the set screw in the bobbin case so do this as a last resort. Since this is a vertical bobbin case, put the bobbin in and hold onto the thread. If the thread moves when you dangle the bobbin case, tighten the screw. Loosen the screw if the thread doesn't pull out of the bobbin when you hold the unit.

For zig-zag decorative stitches lower the tension until the puckering stops. Usually the top thread will show on the bottom of the fabric.

If the tension is not changing when you turn the dial, make sure that the presser foot is down. The sewing machine may need repair. The tension mechanism depends on a spring and that can break. See the Singer site for a parts breakdown and contact your Singer dealer for the parts.

If the top and bottom fabric are not moving at the same rate, you can get a different type of puckering. You may want to get an even feed foot if there are several layers of fabric.

The manual for the 3116 is available from Singer: http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/438_3116.pdf .

I hope this helps.

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Dec 08, 2011 | Singer 3116 Simple

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My wife is frustrated with her sewing machine and just threw the material down in disgust...there seems to be a problem with the tension or something like that. She cant get a simple stitch without the...


I have a simple and I have better luck when I use a SA156 metal bobbin. Another thing, has she watched the cd that came with the machine? This machine is a little touchy as far as threading goes, I have been sewing 50+ years. Usually, it is in the top threading that causes the problem. If, she has a question, she should call Singer at 1-800-4singer and they will walk her through all of the threading and other troubleshooting strategies. Good luck. Hope this helps you.

Oct 04, 2010 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Thread bunces up on the bottom causing machine to


I would start by looking for a problem with the bobbin tension. Do you have the bobbin threaded through the case correctly? Is the the bobbin tension set to loose? Another thing that can cause it to spool up on the bottom is if it sews a bunch of stitches all in the same spot or real close, do you have the presser foot tension to loose?

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check bottom tension...but first make sure your threading machine correctly

either bottom first or top tension....top tension should be set to 4-5 bottom should feel when pulling about the same tension

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Singer Simple bottom thread is loose


hi there
raise pressure foot up thread making sure thread passes between thread guide this should solve problem never alter bobbin tension,
mary h

Dec 29, 2008 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Stop sewing! You need to adjust your tension. Your book will explain exactly how to do this. If you can't find your book, try setting the tensions to the same number. If your tension adjustments have a mark at a certain number, use that setting for most materials. If not, try setting it to about 3.

To test your settings, thread your bobbin with a different color, then do a test stitch. Check the top and bottom stitches for a spot of the other color thread showing through. If the bobbin thread shows in the top, raise the bobbin tension setting a bit and try it again.

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When your thread is bunching at the bottom, your top tension is not tight enough, or you did not thread the machine correctly. Make sure the thread goes through the tension blades. Check your manual how to do it properly. you can check if there is any tension by pulling on the thread before threading through the eye of the the needle, and with the presser foot down. By pulling with the left hand and adjusting the tension with the right hand you should be able to feel a difference. Normal setting is between 3 and 5

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