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When I Try to sew all the thread on the bottom side of the fabric is long, stragglie, knotted & broken. I sew for approximately 3 seconds and then I can hear the machine grunt and then stop and I have the mess at the bottom of the fabric. This machine has never been used until now.

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It is in your top threading not in the tension discs right. Totally rethread as per your manual, now with the presser foot up, pull on the top thread, it should feed smoothly, now put the presser foot down, pull thread and it should barely move. Sometimes that seat the thread in the tension discs right. Read your manual and it will answer lots of questions for yopu. Hope that helps you.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010

  • Ani091769 Nov 28, 2010

    I have the same problem and I rethreaded the machine.....thread does flow smoothly with the foot up and down it barely moves, but I keep getting the clumps of thread underneath...I'm ready to return the machine...it's driving me nuts. It's only 2 days old

  • Mary Dunn Nov 28, 2010

    I think that it is a tension disc problem, I don't blame you for wanting to return it. Good luck with your new machine.

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