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Right after I start the needle sewing the thread bunches up on the underside of the fabric. I have tried holding the thread ends when I start sewing but it still happens

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Try changing the needle
check the top thread tension
also check to make sure there is no lint or loose threads in the bobbin area
make sure there is no lint under the needle plate
some times the needle & thread are not compatable- try this & see if it work for you
Cut 6-8 inch piece of thread of the spool you are going to use for your project
Take the needle you are going to use for the project
& insert the thread thru the eye of the needle
& lift one end of the thread to a 45 degree angle
& if the needle is the right size for the thread it will slide down the thread
But if the needle hangs on the thread you need one size larger needle for the thread

Posted on Oct 12, 2010

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