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I can not adjust the upper thread tension on my Innovis 1200. I have tried cleaning the bobbin race, rethreading,[that appears to be right], changing the thread and the needle, swapping the bobbin race to the one used for embroidery,and cleaned a small amount of fluff out of the area where the thread goes. It was going well and after doing some freehand stippling it started to play up. I have put the tension right up to 9 and it is still not right

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  • jbme53 Jan 04, 2011

    I have tried all of that. I have taken off the cover to make sure it is threading properly too, I have cleaned the bobbin race, I have changed needles and thread. I am just using standard ,polyester. top and bottom and a size 11 quilting needle. Any other ideas please. I have to go to work soon and I just rechecked all of above. I have a lot of sewing to do.

  • jbme53 Jan 05, 2011

    OK, thanks for the help. I was kind of hoping that I could bypass that option as I have a lot of stuff to do. Never mind I will get my Mum's old singer out in the meantime and take a trip down memory lane while it plods along. Happy new year !!!!!!!!!1

  • jbme53 Jan 05, 2011

    I need to have a service man look at it. Good to get clarification so I won't worry about being ripped off.

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There could be several reasons why the tension won't set on the machine.

Check the machine is threaded correctly. Rethread the machine according to the instructions in the manual.

Check the upper thread tension set. Remove the bobbin and make sure it is threaded properly in the shuttle race.

If there is any loose thread or lint in the bobbin case, please clean them with the included cleaning brush.

Check if the combination of needle size, thread size and fabric is incorrect. Be sure to use the correct needle and thread size for the fabric you are sewing.

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  • Korede Atunrase Jan 04, 2011

    If all these steps do not solve the problem then i strongly suggest that you take your sewing machine in for a tune up(servicing) and also have the timer reset..

  • Korede Atunrase Jan 06, 2011

    Alright good luck with that...Happy new year to you too. Thank you for visiting fixya

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Brand new machine, do I need to oil it? singer talent 3321 is suppose to be EASY...needle broke, now it will not sew, seems to be stuck and bobbin seems to not work.


1. You need to remove the bobbin case and adjust the tension. The tension should allow the thread to move with a slight tension. Clean the area with a qtip. The bobbin case sits in a an area that is called the race. The race needs one drop of oil. Replace everything.
2. Replace the needle. Make sure it is in the right direction. Thread the top while the foot is up. If the thread gets stuck while threading there is a problem. The thread should move easily while the foot is up. After you thread the machine except the needle you can put the foot down. Now pull on the thread. It should give you a slight amount of tension. Usually four is a good number. If the tension is too tight you can adjust as needed. Now, thread the needle. Hold the thread under the foot while you turn the hand wheel. The bobbin thread should come up.
3. Give your machine a try with a slow speed.

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I have a Baby Lock Audrey. The bobbin thread is "nesting". I have tried rewinding the bobbin and rethreading the needle and bobbin thread but that hasn't helped.


Check that it is actually the bobbin thread that is nesting. Generally, bobbin thread issues appear on the top of the fabric and upper thread issues appear on the underside of the fabric.

If it is in fact the bobbin thread, the bobbin thread tension may be off or malfunctioning.

If it is the upper thread nesting under the fabric:
1. Remove the thread
2. Install a brand new needle
3. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot. This releases the thread tension so the thread will seat properly.
4. Rethread from the beginning and check the thread path is correct.
5. Set the upper tension at the midway point.
6. Check that the bobbin thread is loaded properly
7. Retest the machine.

If it continues to create thread nests under the fabric, tighten the upper tension.

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Bobbin thread is straight adjusting upper tension does nothing


Remove the upper thread. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. (This opens the tension disk so the thread will seat properly.)

Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number and retest your stitch. See if the upper tension is now controlling the upper thread. You may have to move the upper tension a bit to achieve the optimum tension. Both upper and bobbin thread should meet in the middle of the fabric.

If the bobbin thread is really tight and holding the upper thread down, then the bobbin case needs a tension adjustment. Search the internet for instructions to adjust bobbin tension.

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How can I prevent bobbin thread from bunching up and tangling?


First thing to do: install a brand new needle and clean the lint/dust from the feed dogs and bobbin area. Make sure you are using the right needle and thread for the fabric being sewn.

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Second thing: remove all the thread from the machine. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning making sure that it is threaded correctly through every thread guide (consult the owner's manual). And verify that the bobbin is loaded and threaded in the bobbincase properly.

AVOID using old, fuzzy, and bargain bin threads.

Set the upper tension to the midway point between the high & low number (this is the factory standard although every machine may slightly differ). Now perform a new stitch test.

If the upper thread is creating a thread mess under the fabric, the upper tension is too loose. Tighten it.

If the bobbin thread is coming up to the top of the fabric, loosen the upper thread and retest. Sometimes the upper thread tension is not enough to prevent the bobbin thread from coming up. In that case, the bobbin tension may need to be tightened. (Search the internet for instructions for adjusting the bobbin tension. NOTE: bobbin tension adjustments should be done in micro-increments as a small adjustment will make a big difference in the result. Be sure to test after each adjustment.)

The tension is correct when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet and cross in the middle of the fabric. This will change whenever fabric, needle & thread are changed, so a sewist needs to be comfortable with regularly making upper thread adjustments.

One other thing to try is pull the bobbin thread up through the fabric before stitching and gently holding the thread tails when taking the first couple of stitches.

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Set our machine's upper tension dial somewhere around the midpoint (between the lowest & highest number).

RAISE the presser foot and then rethread the upper thread from the very beginning. (The tension disks are released when the presser foot is raised allowing the thread to seat properly.) (When testing tension, it helps to use different color threads in the bobbin vs the top thread so you can see how it is sewing.)

Sew a test on the fabric you will be stitching. The ideal tension is when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric. If the bobbin thread is appearing on the top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight and needs to be loosened. If the upper thread is appearing under the fabric, the upper tension is too loose and needs to be tightened. Righty-tighty and lefty-loosey!

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3. TAKE THE BOBBIN CARRIER OUT AND PUT ONE DROP OF SEWING OIL ON THE RACE THAT THE CARRIER SITS ON.
4. PUT THE BOBBIN BACK IN THE CARRIER AND MAKE SURE IT IS ROTATING THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND GOING THROUGH THE TENSION SPRING.
5. CAREFULLY LOAD YOUR UPPER THREAD WHILE THE FOOT IS UP AND MONITOR ANY SNAGS IF THERE ARE ANY. SET YOUR UPPER TENSION TO 3 TO BEGIN WITH. YOU CAN ADJUST THIS NUMBER ON AN OLD SCRAP WHILE SEWING. IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS YOU MAY WANT TO REPLACE YOUR THREAD WITH GOOD QUALITY THREAD. IF YOUR THREAD IS FUZZY IT MAY BE GETTING STUCK IN THE NEEDLE HOLE.

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