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I need to know the correct settings for the thread on my sewing machine. it bunches underneath

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Thread bunching on the bottom almost always indicates that the thread is not sitting snugly between the upper tension disks or is out of the take-up lever.

  1. Make sure the upper tension is on a medium setting - generally 4 1/2 - 5 on the tension dial. If the upper tension is set correctly, continue with...
  2. Completely remove the thread from the thread path and start over, making sure the presser foot lifter is in the up position (this releases the tension disks allowing the thread to more easily position correctly).
  3. Once you've threaded the needle, lower the presser foot, making sure the thread tail is not under the foot but coming directly out of the needle eye.
  4. Give the thread a tug - if there's no tension on it, it's still not fully in the tension and needs to be "flossed"... grasp the thread tail with one hand and the thread just where it comes off the spool of thread with the other hand and floss it through the tension disks just as you'd floss your teeth. This will ensure that the thread is positioned correctly between the tension disks.
  5. If this still doesn't cure the "bunching", please provide some specifics about your machine - brand, model - and we'll do our best to figure out what's happening with your machine.
Happy stitching,
Kim & Linnette

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

I did read this post and it did not help, probably because I did a beginner's stupid mistake.

In fact my bobin thread was not coming out of the hole in which the needles goes back and forth. Instead I had just made it come out the bobin box.

If you're completely new to sewing and self-learner, consider this post first.

Posted on Sep 04, 2008

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