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My wife is frustrated with her sewing machine and just threw the material down in disgust...there seems to be a problem with the tension or something like that. She cant get a simple stitch without the bottom thread (i.e. bobbin part) messing up (big loops and such). The problem occurs with every stitch she makes. She has tried all the different tension settings, different threads, different bobbins and different materials. The exact model number is 3116 and serial number is ZHC6607906053.

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I have a simple and I have better luck when I use a SA156 metal bobbin. Another thing, has she watched the cd that came with the machine? This machine is a little touchy as far as threading goes, I have been sewing 50+ years. Usually, it is in the top threading that causes the problem. If, she has a question, she should call Singer at 1-800-4singer and they will walk her through all of the threading and other troubleshooting strategies. Good luck. Hope this helps you.

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