I just pulled my machine out after a few years of not sewing with it. When I thread the machine, it looks like it's done right, but when I start to sew, all of the thread gets tangled up in the bottom by the area where the bobbin is inserted. It may be a problem with my machine, but this has happened before so I'm almost certain it has to do with me threading the machine wrong. I think I may have threaded the bobbin in the machine wrong. I lost my manual for the Janome HF-107, so if someone could explain how to thread the machine, that would be great. Thanks!
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Sometimes gunk, lint, thread pieces accumulate in the tension disk. To clean it:
1. remove the upper thread
2. raise the presser foot
3. loosen the upper tension all the way
4. moisten a length of pearl cotton with rubbing alcohol (squeeze out excess alcohol)
5. gently pull the pearl cotton down through the tension disk several times
Reset the tension disk to the midway point between high & low numbers and rethread with regular thread.
ALWAYS, before you thread the upper thread, RAISE the presser foot so the thread will seat properly in the tension disk.
What you are seeing is called "bird's nesting." There are two main reasons for "bird's nesting."
The first one is the thread not between the tension disks. That allows the thread to be pulled from the spool instead of pulling the thread tight from underneath. Always make sure to always put up your presser foot before you thread the tension disks. I also check the thread after I finish to make sure the top thread has good tension on it before sewing.
The second reason is the thread is not being pulled by the take up lever. Make sure you see it being pulled by the take up lever before you start sewing. If not, rethread it.
Several things to try:
Pull thread tails (both bobbin thread and upper thread) straight back and when you lower the presser foot, make sure they are held down straight back. This may or may not be enough to solve the problem, but it is simple to try, and often works. You might want to hold the thread tails while you start sewing.
Use a starter--folded piece of fabric scrap about an inch long--and begin sewing oink middle of starter. Push the fabric you want to see right up to the starter and keep sewing from the starter right onto your project without lifting the presser foot or cutting the thread. When you finish sewing, cut the little piece of thread between the starter and your project.
Before lowering presser foot, use wheel to lower your needle once and then pull up bobbin thread to top surface of your project. Then hold both bobbin and upper thread tails, lower your presser foot, and begin sewing. Release the thread tails after a few stitches.
Hope this helps. Those nasty "thread nests" are a real pain.
check carefully that the top thread is actually gong between the tension plates and not behind them and jamming on the retainer bolt
before threading the needle place the thread up to the point of threading the needle and pull on the thread , proper tension is when there is a slight resistance to pulling the thread
If it takes excessive force to pull the thread then it is caught around something so follow the thread all the way back to the spool to see where the problem is
How to Thread Juki MO-134 Serger from watching lady at Lyles.
Turn upper blade up. Push in first then turn up.It makes threading easier.
Blue Thread upper looper first.
Pull thread through tension knob. Don'tjust lay it there. (She thought that is what I must have done)
Orange Thread lower looper next.
Pull thread through tension knob as inthreading upper looper.
Adjust lower looper so it is right nextto upper looper so that their points are almost together and directly belowsewing needles. Lower looper will be in front of upper looper (I believe).
With tread from upper looper pulledback, slightly lift lower looper above upper looper and thread. I think this isright.
Pull thread back with other thread.
Tension is the key. Remember that.
Yellow: Thread left needle first.Remember tension. Pull thread through curled wire on left side of needle arm.
Green: Thread right needle. Rememberabout tension. Pull thread through curled wire on right side of needle arm.
Note: Before sewing turn the wheel tomake sure the stitches are going together correctly.
Always thread a sewing machine with the presser foot up so the thread can properly seat into the tension control.
Hand walk a few stitches to see if the thread still feeds too fast from the spool.
When thread pools (falls off the spool) a thread net will help - you can get these at a sewing machine dealer. I use to find them at fabric stores, but have not seen any lately with sewing/serging notions.
When you first start to sew turn your right wheel by hand to take up the bobbin thread to the top of the face plate. Pull the bobbin thread and sewing thread together out for a couple of inches to avoid a jam of thread in your first few stiches.
Do you have the manual to look at. If you still think that everything is threaded right. Try looking at the spool of thread, on every spool there is a small slice to hold the thread when not in use. Make sure when you put the thread on the spool holder, put the slice side on first so that it is torward the back, Also when you put the spool cover on make sure it is not to big or small for the spool.
After all this;
After threading the machine and ready, before you begin to sew, lift the foot up with the lever and pull the threads from under the needle they should pull freely, if either the top or bottom thread feel tight you can tell which thread is getting caught on something. Re-check the threads.
Also make sure that the thread is going through the tension disks correctly, they go between the dsks not behind, if this machine has the down and around the tension make sure it is done right.
I was having this problem for two days so I just called Singer and got a solution! I'm posting it for you because I was on here looking for a solution to the problem and nobody had posted one.
Take the top thread out of the machine - cut it back by the spool and pull it out through the machine the way the thread goes when you are sewing - you don't want to be pulling the thread back through the machine because dusty bits are getting stuck up in that part of the machine with the frosted plastic where you have to make sure the thread is pulled into when threading. You might not think there is dust in there - I didn't because I had taken that part off and brushed it out but that didn't work. What you need to do is floss that part of your machine. Get some dmc floss or some UNWAXED dental floss and pull it into that part of your machine - under the pieces that are under that frosted plastic part on the top of your machine - now floss it back and forth for a good 30 - 45 seconds. When you are done that pull it out to the left - the way the thread goes when the machine is sewing - remember pulling the thread back the other way will get fuzzies stuck in there. I rethreaded the machine carefully and made sure that the thread got pulled into that top part properly - the lady on the phone said it may feel differently now that its been cleaned out. Then it worked again!
I hope this works for you!