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How do you thread the upper thread in the machine?

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I sewed a support seam on neck line. got the bumpy stitches from bobbin. rewound bobbin, threaded machine. went to sew and now nothing works. it wont sew.


Not quite sure since the symptoms are not clear. "Bumpy stitches from bobbin"--does that mean there were thread nests on the bobbin side of the fabric? That is thread nesting or bird nesting resulting usually from mis-threading, upper thread not completely seated in tension disk, or upper tension too loose. Remove the upper thread from the machine. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning--verify the thread path is correct. Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number and retest the machine. (Upper tension may need to be tweaked because fabric, thread, and age of the machine will have an affect.)

Check that the bobbin is wound smoothly--no lumps, bumps, or thread ends/pieces sticking out of the bobbin. Check that the bobbin is installed in the bobbin case correctly (turning the proper direction) and the bobbin tension is threaded completely.

If the upper thread is not picking up the bobbin thread, make sure to install a brand new needle. If it still won't pick up the bobbin thread, then the machine's timing has probably been knocked out of alignment. Search for sewing machine timing or take it for service.

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My kenmore model385.16221300 the thread keeps braking and the underside has big loops of thread


What you have is bird nesting or thread nesting and could be a result of several things. Usually, it is because the machine is mis-threaded, the thread is not seated in the tension disk, and/or the upper tension is too loose.

Remove the upper thread. ALWAYS raise the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Verify the thread path is correct. Set the upper tension at the midway point between high & low number. Retest your machine.

You may need to tweak the upper tension to get it where it should be as all machines differ. The tension is correct when the upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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Dec 29, 2016 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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I have a Janome 1600P and the top thread keeos breaking


There are several common reasons for upper thread breakage.

Check that the needle/thread/fabric are compatible.
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Remove the upper thread from the machine, install a brand new needle, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot, and rethread from the beginning. Verify the thread path is correct. Set the upper tension to the midway point.

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Oct 29, 2016 | Janome Sewing Machines

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Bobbing thread pulls right out when I don't seam


Either the upper thread is not seated properly in the tension disk or the upper tension is too loose.

When threading the upper thread, be sure to always raise the presser foot so the tension disk is released and the thread can seat all the way.

Test the machine again, and if the upper thread is still looping under the fabric, tighten the upper tension.

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May 17, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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My thread keeps breaking, Ive checked and changed my needle, re-threaded bobbin and upper but every time I try to sew the upper thread breaks.


Have you tried loosening the upper tension? Remove the upper thread, RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning (make sure it follows the correct thread pathway). Sometimes the upper thread jumps out of a thread guide or wraps around something. Or try a different brand of thread? Avoid old or bargain bin threads--use good quality thread. Could also be the incorrect needle for the thread/fabric, ie thread too large for the needle eye.

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Apr 03, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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How do I thread a elnita 200 sewing machine?


Perhaps this will help:

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HINT: Be sure to raise the presser foot BEFORE threading the upper thread. It releases the upper tension disk so the thread will seat properly. Do this every time the upper is threaded.

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Jan 06, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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How can I clean the upper thread sensor? My machine continually throws a "Check upper thread" error, even though the upper thread is fine. It seems the sensor is not "Seeing" it.


Try using waxed dental floss to dislodge the snag. Gently pull the floss toward the needle through the thread path. You might have to do it several times. You can use canned air to blow the lint out of the machine. Then make sure you are using a good quality thread. Avoid those cheap spools of thread because they usually are not spun tightly enough to prevent lint build up in the thread path.

Dec 30, 2013 | Brother PE770 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Upper thread will not catch the bobbin thread


make sure to use every thread guide
try a new needle
make sure the bobbin is inserted correctly
if these suggestions don't help & if the machine is still under warrenty take it back & let them check it

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