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Could be one of two things, or both - install a new needle (flat side of needle shaft to the back of the machine) and re-thread the machine, putting the presser foot in the up position first.

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I have a 9020 singer sewing machine I bought without a manual. I can't seem to sew without looping the thread under it. Almost in knots.


Are you saying the upper thread is knotting under the fabric as it stitches? This is bird nesting or thread nesting and is generally caused by mis-threading, the thread not being seated in the tension disk, or the upper tension too loose.

When threading the upper thread, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot. Verify that the machine is threaded correctly. If one guide is missed, the stitching will go haywire. Start out with the upper tension set around the midway point and then tweak it through test stitching.

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Machine wont sew. Misses stitches


check for problems in the bobbin winding, ( in the wrong way so that the thread is not coming out correctly)
top thread tension too tight or too loose
vary the thread tension to see when it improves on a waste test sew

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Hi, I just need to know how to thread this machine properly or, where can I get a manual please?


Search the internet for:

Make + Model + the word "Manual"

or contact manufacturer support. Most machines are threaded similarly, so even if you can't find a manual for your model, a manual for a model similar to yours will be helpful.

You can also search YouTube videos for threading instructions.

When threading, be sure to always raise the presser foot during the upper threading process. This releases the tension disk and allows the thread to seat properly.

For skipped stitches, try installing a brand new needle.

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How do I get it to sew?


was the presser foot lowered? check if the loop-taker is properly installed or seated.

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My Bernina Bernette 65 has a problem with the thread bunching up every 10-15 stiches on the bottom. Some of the thread stitches on the bottom of the fabric are in a straight line, and then the thread will...


try a new needle--one that is for the fabric being sewed
then try to adjust the top thread tension again, if the stitches remain loose and the tension won't adjust then the tension knob needs to be checked to see if there is something wrong with it.
also check to make sure the bobbin is inserted correctly into the bobbin case, if the bobbin is not turned the right way in the bobbin case the sewing machine will not stitch correctly.

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How to set to baste


You would select a straight stitch and adjust stitch length to maximum length. And turn down the tension a little.

The Swiss Elnas had a basting plate that you used on a big wide zigzag and it would "miss" hooking the top and bottom threads together on one side so you ended up with a long straight stitch but with plenty of looseness to the seam.

But I've always found a needle and thread by hand is most effective, especially when attaching interlining to a silky fabric or velvet. Machine stitching would creep, but hand sewing would lie flat.

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Stitches are looping on the underneath and missing some stitches


Refer to the manual for cleaning.

Replace the needle with the size recommended for the type of fabric being sewn. The flat side of the needle is usually facing the back of the machine - check manual to be sure.

Always thread any sewing machine with the presser foot up. This opens the tension control so the thread can properly enter this device.

When a sewing machine is threaded with the foot down, the tension control closes and the thread cannot enter as it should

You then get loose stitches because the top thread and bobbin thread cannot make a proper stitch and the tension of the bobbin thread is pulling the top thread to the underside of the fabric.


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White speedylock 7340 loose/missing stitches, up.looper unthreads


All tensions should be on 4. Also, make sure the threading is done correctly. Or if you wish; You can contact me on other sergers for sale. "Best prices guaranteed"! rick_coccia@yahoo.com

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Loose stitch


Welcome to FixYa. I am the sewing machine expert that chose your issue to solve.

When everything seems to be working fine and an occasional stitch is loose.....now get ready.......here it is.......the needle!

It seems impossible, but the needle is the most neglected part of the machine. The one you are using could be slightly bent or have a slight burr that you won't see with the naked eye. Also, needles, especially in an embroidery machine (which work their buns off), are only good for about 8 hours of cumulative use. I would say that an embroidery needle should be retired after 3 or 4. They get dull like a razor blade which can cause enough drag to create a timing issue that's barely perceptible.
Welcome to FixYa! I am the sewing machine expert that chose to help you with your issue.

There are really only two things that can cause bottom (note: remember that problems with the bottom thread, almost always comes from the top and not the bobbin. Bobbins rarely need tension adjustments). These two things are:
  1. An area was missed when the machine was threaded (most machines have an arrow at each area on the thread path where the thread MUST run or the stitch on the bottom will be sloppy. Threading can be tricky and even the most experienced miss once in a while.
  2. The tension adjustment mechanism in the thread path. If the thread is not properly through this area, the thread on the bottom will be sloppy or if, threaded properly, and the tension is set too loose, the stitch will be sloppy. If the tension is set too tight, the bottom thread will be tight and pucker the fabric.
It is counter-intuitive that problems with the top tension cause problems with the bottom stitch but it sure will.

So try it and see if that helps.

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Jan 31, 2009 | Bernina Bernette 75

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Machine not sewing


Make sure you have threaded the machine from right to left, it sounds like the needle thread is trapped under the lower looper thread and cannot form a stitch.........start the threading over from scratch like this:

  1. Lower Looper
  2. Upper Looper
  3. Left Needle
  4. Right Needle
Is there a diagram for how to thread on the inside of the door ?

Follow that slowly and carefully to make sure you have not missed any thread guides on the way, as each one needs to be followed through to ensure correct tension and thread progression.

If you are certain that all threaded correctly, did you have a fabric jam and pulled it loose ? If so, the timing may well be affected.

Post an update and we'll get this right.

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