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Tangled mess of thread on the underside of the fabric with machine making a bad noise until it stops to tell you there's a problem. Have changed needle and bobbin. Have also cleaned out the hook race and rethreaded the machine several times. Problem occurs with different fabrics and stabilisers. Have never had a problem with this machine until now. What can it be? Is it going to cost me a fortune to get it fixed?

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Make sure that your thread is not old or tangled and of good quality.Now, try this test, with presser foot up, pull top thread, it should feed smoothly, now put the presser foot down, it should barely move. This sometimes seats the thread in the tension discs. If, that doesn't help, I am afraid it probably is your timing. And that has to be done professionally and that can be costly. Let's hope it is in the threading.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

  • geridedwards Dec 30, 2010

    Thank you for such a quick response - I will certainly give your advice a try and let you know the outcome.

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