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I have a Kenmore sewing machine model 385.19153. When attempting to quilt through 3 layers (top, batting, bottom) the needle thread is looping on the bottom. It appears the needle thread is too loose although I have the tension set on 9. I also have the pressure adjusting lever set on 0 as that seems to work best. I have cleaned the bobbin holder, hook race, feed dogs, etc. and I have changed the needle and am using 80/12 Schmetz microtex sharp needle. I've also oiled the machine. Nothing I've done has made much difference. Any suggestions?

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  • hays_dl Mar 19, 2011

    Currently my feed dogs are down as I am using a spring loaded quilting/embroidery attachment. I am trying to quilt using a freehand meandering stitch as shown to me by my class instructor. So, do you think my machine is suitable for this type of work? Or must the feed dogs be up? My instructor has told me to keep the feed dogs down.

  • hays_dl Mar 20, 2011

    I have done as you have suggested and it seems to be working. I looked all through the owner's manual and could not find any information about how to adjust the bobbin tension.
    I felt all along that this was the problem, but I don't believe this solution is recommended too often. Thanks.

  • hays_dl Mar 20, 2011

    The second solution was helpful and seems to have solved the problem. Thanks for your persistence!

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Check that the thread is tight around the bobbin. Make sure that the bobbin is in the right way around - the bobbin thread should double back on itself coming out of the bobbin holder. The bobbin tension adjustment is the small screw in the plate on the bobbin case that the thread passes under as it comes off the bobbin and goes out.

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Hi, looping on the bottom thread is generally caused by the machine being incorrectly threaded on top, which therefore wont let the bottom thread go into the stitch properly and causing it to loop.
We were told to basically follow these suggestions in order to reduce chances of this recurring & to date, I still refer back to it when I forget myself, especially if I have been off my machine for a few weeks.
1) Machine should be clean and free of lint within machine and in and around bobbin casing.
2) Correct and sharp needles correctly inserted.
3) Threads will generally feed better from the vertical position so a vertical thread stand/ attachment is recommended.
4) Before beginning to thread the machine, check that the pressure foot is in the up position, the feed dogs are engaged, the thread take up lever is in the uppermost position.
5) As you begin to thread ensure that the thread is fully engaged into the tension disks.
6)Once machine is threaded and both threads are visible (i.e the lower thread has been brought up from the bottom), slowly sew a few test stitches on a scrap piece of the fabric you intend to sew, to ensure your tension is correct. This saves time as you havent sewn a length of fabric only to find all of the bottom thread looped (experienced in that one!!)
7) If all this fails, it could be a timing issue of when your needle thread is contacting with the bobbin thread, which only a service person can fix for you, sorry.

Hope this helps you.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011

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    Tunde Autos Mar 20, 2011

    Am not sure your machine is suitable for the work.....

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