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SOURCE: big loops on bottom stitch

You have no top tension. Rethread the top of the machine. Make shure you raise the presserfoot before threading.

Posted on Feb 23, 2008


my top thread is pulling thru to the underside..looks like little birds feet tracks on the back of the

Posted on Aug 09, 2008

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SOURCE: loops on top of cloth

If your thread loops on the top of your project, the the problem lies with your bobbin, Just take it out, make sure the thread is thru the tensioner and try again. That should fix it.

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

SOURCE: rats nest on back of fabric

make sure the machine is threaded according to the operations manual & the tension adjustment is according to the operations manual says
make sure the needle is not bent, and also the correct needle for the machine & fabric
if none of these work it needs to be taken in to be check

Posted on Jul 29, 2010

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SOURCE: the bottom thread of stitch loops severly. I have checked and rethreaded, change dtop and bottom tension till the cows come home and nothing I've tried makes a difference.

if you are getting loops on the side its from the top thread not being tensioned enough to hold it firm as the needle goes down through the fabric. Either top tension device is broken or its gunked up with fluff or dye particles. If you can access the tension discs to clean them, then try this first. Turn top tension to zero, then "Floss" betwen the discs with the selvage edge of a clean piece of waste cotton fabric - if it comes out with black gunk on the edge, then do it again until it is clean. You can moisten the fabric edge with some denatured alcohol to aid cleaning if it seems really gunked up. Black and dark coloured threads often shed dye particles, and cheap thread will be quite "hairy" this adds to the gunk. Its a good idea to clean the tension discs out regularly, along with cleaning the bobbin area and oiling the designated oiling points (although many new machines now have oiling wicks for the technician, and may not have marked points for you to oil. However cleaning is still very important if this is your type of machine. Textile fibres absorb oil, and ultimately "felts" up into a lump that affects performance of the moving parts.

Once you have cleaned it, turn dial back to 4 or 5, normal setting, then thread up from spool to just above the needle with the presser foot raised, then lower presser foot and tug downwards on the thread; it should be firm to pull. If this is still not happening, take it for a service, the spring in the tension device may have broken.

Posted on Dec 02, 2011

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When i first start sewing the thread will bunch up and make a rats nest how do i stop thisa

That is called thread nesting or bird nesting--or what I like to call thread "barfs."

Be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the top thread. This releases the tension disk so the thread will seat completely.

Bring the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric and gently hold both thread tails in your left hand while taking the first stitch or two. It may be beneficial to manually turn the handwheel for the first couple of stitches. It also helps to have the take-up lever at it's highest point BEFORE starting to stitch.

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The thread for the top needle just sews and loops onto the lower thread

I think you are saying that there is a loop showing on the bottom of the lower thread stitch. If the lower stitch looks correct and not bunching, you will need to change the tension on the upper stitch. Make sure that your threads are firmly inserted within the discs also before adjusting the tension. It doesn't take much to change the tension so take it slowly.

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Stitch looks great on top and bottom has loops and loose

try adjusting the top tension one number or letter higher till the stitch looks normal
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Top sew is great bottom has loops and is not tight

change the needle
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Rats nest on back of fabric

make sure the machine is threaded according to the operations manual & the tension adjustment is according to the operations manual says
make sure the needle is not bent, and also the correct needle for the machine & fabric
if none of these work it needs to be taken in to be check

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I have been sewing great for the past week but today the bobbin stitch is LOOSE; top stitch looks normal. Have adjusted tension but too no avail. Thank you.

Rule of thumb..
Loops on the bottom ,problem is on the top.
Loops on the top, problem is on the bottom.
Tension should be set on the midway point making sure the thread is between the tension wheels.

Mar 28, 2009 | Sewing Machines

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Bottom thread is very very loose during stitching, looped up

Looping on bottom:
Great description, that helps a lot. Big loops are actually easier to solve usually. 1st know this: Loops on bottom means the top is too loose or the bottom is too tight. With loops that big its probably the top is too loose. 1st look in tension disks, there is likely a chunk of thread in there. A toothpick is handy to dig it out (the flat kind) 2nd make sure that the thread is getting between the disks when threaded. 3rd Make sure the thread is in the take up lever (the thing that moves up and down in front and not the needle bar or any part of the needle bar.) If neither, then the bobbin case could have a burr on it and the thread is hanging on that burr. Also the bobbin case may be in wrong. I hope this helps

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If the top stitch is loose, then you need to tighten the bobbin tension: if the bottom stitch is loose, tighten the top tension. Hope this helps. It could also be the size needle and thread you are using for a particular fabric. Different fabrics require different notions.

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