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Upper and lower thread does not connect to make stitch. Have checked and rethreaded according to instructions and nothing has worked. What am I doing wrong?

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Have you changed your needle recently? A needle that is too short will do the exact same thing.

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Forming stitches beautifully, but not on the fabric


Be sure to RAISE the presser foot when threading the machine so the tension disks are open to accept the thread. It also helps to grasp the thread between the thread tree and the tension disk and with the other hand grasp the thread below the tension disk and give the thread a little tug to make sure it is seated all the way in the tension disk.

Of course, make sure that the machine is threaded in the proper sequence--check the owner's manual (usually the upper looper is threaded first, then the lower looper and the lower looper thread tail is draped Over the upper looper in the last step before being pulled under the presser foot).

If the thread breaks or comes unthreaded, Best Course of Action is to remove all the threads and rethread from the beginning. Nine times out of ten, trying to rethread one thread will not work!

Also, when removing thread, it is not a good idea to clip the threads between the thread tree, raising the presser foot, and then grabbing the thread tails at the presser foot and pulling all the thread ends down. Threads should not be pulled UP through the tension disks.

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Feb 22, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Bobbin thread is straight adjusting upper tension does nothing


Remove the upper thread. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. (This opens the tension disk so the thread will seat properly.)

Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number and retest your stitch. See if the upper tension is now controlling the upper thread. You may have to move the upper tension a bit to achieve the optimum tension. Both upper and bobbin thread should meet in the middle of the fabric.

If the bobbin thread is really tight and holding the upper thread down, then the bobbin case needs a tension adjustment. Search the internet for instructions to adjust bobbin tension.

Jan 29, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Bernina 335 serger won't sew/overlock. carefully rethreaded the serger but that hasn't helped.


The 335 has a two thread chain stitch (stitch type 401), and the overlock side (right needle side), is a three thread plain overlock. If you are describing the plain overlock as the problem, I would first suggest the following in re-threading:

1. Thread the upper looper
2. Thread the lower looper
3. Thread the needle last (important)

If the needle threaded, you cannot re-thread the lower looper without breaking the thread.
In order to thread the lower looper, the lower looper must pass by the needle thus picking up the needle thread. So, instead of threading the lower looper thread underneath the needle thread, the looper would be threaded on top and cannot sew without breaking the thread.
Make sure that the threads are bedded between the tension disks. Check this by stretching the thread fore and aft of the tension disks as well as visually noting that the threads are not accidentally threaded behind the disks. You can also loosen the tension disks when threading so as to allow the threads to bed deeply between the disks.
Please reply with your observations.

Sep 27, 2015 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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When i run a straight stitch, the top of the fabric looks well sewn; the thread on the bottom of the fabric, however, bunches up-it looks nothing like the top stitch.


Is it really the bobbin thread that is bunching under the fabric, or is it really the top thread that is creating loops and "bird nests" under the fabric???

Rethread your upper thread. BEFORE you thread the upper thread, be sure to RAISE the presser foot. This releases the upper thread tension disks so the thread is firmly seated in the tension disk.

If it continues to be a problem, then the upper tension needs to be tightened. Adjust slightly, then test. Repeat until the upper and lower threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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Sep 24, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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WHy is my Husqvarna Viking 560 serger is skipping stitches????


Here are a few things to try.
1. Make sure that correct type of needles are being used, both are the same size, and that the needle size matches the fabric weight. This is the first serger to use 15X1 needles.
2. Make sure that the needles are installed correctly and are pushed all the way up. Have you replaced the old needles with new ones, not other used ones?
3. Thread has a shelf life, it can expire over-night. Just to eliminate this possibility, replace all threads with fresh good quality serging thread (and not just another spool which was purchased some time ago).
4 It sounds like you have re-threaded the serger correctly according to manual instructions. Here is a sure fire method:
- thread the upper looper and place the thread behind the needles under the presser foot. Make sure that the thread is lying firmly between the tension discs.
- thread the lower looper (the tricky one). Check that the thread is between the tension discs as before and place the thread over the upper looper and then behind the needles, and under the presser foot.
- thread the needles, checking that the thread is between the corresponding tension discs. Place the thread under the presser foot.
5. Check stitch length.
6. Check if the problem persists with other fabric types, use two layers. If the problem occurs with only a particular fabric, then the cause is incorrect needles.
7. Check tips on both upper and lower loopers. They should be free of burs, smooth, and have a semi-sharp point.
Hopefully this will solve your problem, if not it may be time to have it inspected by a qualified technician.
Please rate how effective were these suggestion in solving your problem, it is important to me.

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When I embroider with my Pfaff Creative 2 the top tension pulls bobbin thread up too much. I changed toe tension on top but it still does the same thing. How can this be fixed?


Suggest you do rethreading ,then test the stitches on straight stitch. If top stitches is loose you have to reduce the upper thread tension, if the bottom stitches is loose you have to increase the upper thread tension. Adjust accordingly till you can get a perfect straight stitch. If okay then you can continue your embroidery work.

Oct 31, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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Juki skipping stitches


completely un-thread the machine and rethread it in this order.

Upper Looper, Lower looper, right needle Left needle. It has to be in that order ALWAYS. If you break a thread... un thread and start the threading process again.

If rethreading doesn't work... change the needle that is skipping.

Good luck

Aug 16, 2012 | Juki MO6714 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have a singer simple 3116 sewing machine and it stitches loose upper threads. I?ve tried adjusting the tension, re threading, flipping the bobbin around, and even different fabric. But nothing seems to...


Insert a new needle, (flat side facing rear of machine), now totally rethread. Try this, with presser foot up, pull top thread, it should pull smoothly, now lower presser foot, the thread should barely move. This should seat the thread in the tension discs. If that doesn't work, call Singer at 1-800-4singer.

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When I start sewing the back of thread is all overlap and tangled what can I do?


A more detailed description would be helpful, but my guess is that you have lost all of your upper tension.
Unthread the machine. Raise the presser foot. Turn the handwheel until the take-up lever is at it's highest position. Set the upper tension dial/knob to 5. Thread the machine.
With the presser foot up, the upper thread should pull through easily and then grab when the presser foot is lowered.
Test sew.
The upper tension pulls the stitches up and the lower tension pulls the stitches down. When they pull properly, the stitch is even.

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Babylock sewing machine, upper thread is bunching


the tension is wronge has the lower bobbin case been unwound and refilled)(check that this is threaded right as well)

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