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When feed dogs down top stitching fine ,but underneath large loops and cobbling settings are as per instructions in manual , ? problem

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Have you checked to see if the Thread has slipped out of the Tension guides? Here are my quick steps to getting back to happy sewing:

  1. Remove bobbin and blow out the dust from in and around the bobbin case, when replacing bobbin... make sure it the thread is traveling the right direction in the bobbin case. (this one never hurts to try, a backwards bobbin causes lots of probelms)
  2. Re-thread the machine (the thread in my Janome sometimes comes out of the thread uptake lever causing the problem you described, could mean your threading path might need to be cleaned)
  3. New needle (the tiniest bent needle can cause hair pulling issues.)
Lydia in MN

Posted on Aug 21, 2008

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