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bobbin case is moving out of place

everytime I start to sew the bobbin case gets moved out of place and E6 shows up on the display. This doesnt happen when there is no thread in it or when I manually turn the needle, just when I use the pedal, it happens within 3 seconds. Is there any way to tighten the spring so it will keep it in place?

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I was having the same problem with my machine and finally the spring broke. I couldn't find any parts for this so my husband made me a new spring out of a coke can! LOL!! Anyway, he messed with it for a while and it kept doing it. He figured out that it was not the spring but the other piece under the spring was not pushed up far enough to keep the bobbin case in place so he took a screw driver and pushed it forward toward the bobbin case and now my bobbin case does not move!! And the machine is sewing perfect! At least for now. Anyway, it's not the spring or the thread adjusting screw!

Posted on Oct 11, 2008


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what does error E1 mean on a brother CS6000i

what does error E1 mean on a brother CS6000i

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hello,the E1 code simply means the machine is working so hard,you can follow the information below to help you fix the problem,

The instructions for bobbin winding tell you to click the start button for the bobbin to wind. When you do that you get that E1 with a beeping. What they don't explain is that in order to press that "UP" arrow button to get the bobbin to need to UNPLUG the foot control. So, in other words it to be used for sewing w/o a foot pedal. Now instead of doing as per instructions, assuming you've plugged everything in (foot pedal), after winding is finished just press the foot pedal and your off and running or sewing as the case may be. BTW, look it up in the TROUBLESHOOTING SECTION OF YOUR MANUAL.
please kindly rate the solution if it;s helpful,

take care.

Posted on Jun 06, 2010


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Would like to know how

Would like to know how many watts the CS-6000i Brother sewing machine needs thanks

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this is not specified..but only the voltage ...being made for the US on 120 V ..
the exact specifications are : 120v ~ 60hz 0.65a
If you need to use it in another location and you want the info for to use a transformer ..I'll say that any transformer that have an 120 V output ..and over 50W will do the job ..cause it;s motor can not be more powerful ..its somewhere between 50 and 100 ..

Posted on Oct 27, 2010


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bobbin case won't stay in correct position

bobbin case jams or moves sideways and i have difficulty getting in back in position. i have cleaned the machine, changed the thread to various types, adjusted the tension, changed the needle, you name it

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you need to have the machine checked to see if the hook & hook race
may need to be replaced & the machine may need also to be timed
a repair shop can tell you for sure

Posted on Sep 03, 2012


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The lower (bobbin) thread on my brand new Brother tangles

The lower (bobbin) thread on my brand new Brother CS6000i keeps tangling up. I have rethreaeded by the book twice, tried adjusting tension. It was working just fine unti the last bobbin change. I am on my second bobbin, 3rd time a bobbin has been filled. Help.

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Specific detail on bobbin case adjustment (with picture) near halfway down reply, the remainder will help you achieve a balance of top and bottom tensions.

Ensure that all is clean and free of lint and jams, this is the most likely for tension troubleshooting .......

This solution is for tension problems...if you cannot form any sort of stitch, the issue is quite different, so please let me know if you need a different problem solved.....

It is quite long, but just work through each section in order.

The "knotting up" can reveal a lot. If you have loose threads on one side or the other, the tension on the opposite side will be the culprit.

Ensure sharp new needle,
Thread guides and Bobbin are Clean & Clear of lint
Set Top Tesion to 4 ....then....
Balance Bobbin to suit.

If the looping threads are on the underside as you sew, it is the top tension. Top tension ought to be between 4 & 6 (this variation to allow for the different weights of fabric in your projects).

If you are using a needle that has seen quite a deal of work, or you suspect it may be blunt, change it for a new one !

Make sure that when you thread the machine the presser foot is up so the thread goes between the discs and not to one side, top tension between 4 and 6, and that you have threaded through all the guides, including the last one, usually on the needle arm, just above the needle clamp.

It may be there is lint trapped between the discs, this will keep them slightly apart and reduce the actual tension, sometimes dramatically.

If tensions appear correct, and the thread is definitely in the channel between the discs, but still too loose and looping, try raising presser foot and remove your thread.

Now, with a 2" (50mm) wide strip piece of fabric 8 - 10" (20 - 25cm) moistened with methylated or denatured spirit, gently insert the fabric strip and clean between the discs with a see saw / to and fro action.

In the worst cases, gentle use of a needle to pick & remove the jam may be necessary, but be very gentle and make sure the tension is set at Zero and the presser foot is raised, (to disengage tension plates).... do not gouge or score the plates, they need a polished surface to work correctly.

Far less common, but if the loose threads are on the top, it is bobbin tension that is loose, it too may have lint in the spring and be giving a "false" tension.

I would not recommend fiddling with bobbin tension without good reason, it may end up with missing small screws and spring pieces, however, you can take the needle plate off to clean
the hook race area (where bobbin case sits)

...this is just good housekeeping, my wife does this every time she replaces the bobbin....

just take it out and clean the bobbin case and the fixed metal hook race with a small brush to remove lint. If there is a significant amount of lint, use a vacuum and small brush to get the worst.

Then wipe all this area with a cloth or cotton bud (Q tip) moistened (not soaked) with methylated spirit, especially if there appears to be fine dirty deposits....oil and lint combine to conspire against you.

If it seems likely that you ......really .....actually .....need adjust the bobbin case, first check there is no lint trapped in the metal spring where the thread is tensioned.

Drop-in Bobbin case will look similar to this image with the tension screw in the middle of the metalwork....

4c76dc1.jpg ...the other screw at one end is holding it all together, so is not a tragedy to undo the whole lot and clean it, but very gingerly and lay the bits out in sequence and orientation, or you risk tearing your hair out !

....this is a bobbin case from a front loading machine and works in a very similar fashion to the top loader with drop in bobbin, again, if you dismantle it, take care so you can put it all
back properly.
165ca5c.jpg FINISHING UP
When you are certain there's no trapped lint in top tension or bobbin, set the top tension to 4 and the bobbin tension to a point where you just begin to feel resistance.

Try using good quality thread of contrasting colours so you can more easily spot the changes.

Set your zigzag to one width less than maximum (eg. 5 of 6 ...or... 4 of 5 etc) and sew a sample for a few inches and check the result.... adjust the bobbin tension screw very little at
a time, perhaps 1/16 of a turn.

You may find you are playing with this balance for some little while and if you are putting the needleplate on and off each time begin to think it cannot be correct to do is,
and eventually, you do get a "feel" for the correct tension and then it happens quite a user you won't be doing it very often unless there is lint built up (or are there small hands at work around the house !?!?!)

If you live near the ocean as we do, salt air can play havoc with metalwork inside and out, so to help minimise this, keep a few small packets of dessicant (silica gel) in your machine case ? then make some sort of cover !

Same applies in any damp or humid environment, keep your machine dry and dust free.

Budget for a proper full service every couple of years (more often if heavily used) and if you don't use your machine for a few years, be aware that old oil will dry out and combining with
dust and form a "clag" like glue (another reason for some sort of cover, even a teatowel !)

If it is worth spending the time, energy and money on making something that you would like to give lasting enjoyment......use quality thread, may seem to cost a little more at the
time, but the results, ease of use and added longevity will be worth the extra, and as a bonus, your tension troubles may be fewer and further between, because there is a more consistent diameter with good thread, and less compensating to be done by your tension plates and less thread breaks

Best Wishes
Bargain Box in Australia

Posted on Sep 08, 2009


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Difficulty adjusting tension to avoid bobbin looping

I have a Husqvarna Sapphire 870 that adjusts tension automatically according to thickness of fabric. I have chosen woven heavy and am using 40 wt thread in bobbin and a heavier machine quilting thread on the to.
I am able to adjust the top thread tension digitally, and have tried increasing the tension from 4.6 to 6.0. incrementally. The looping is reduced a bit, but not entirely. I am not able to adjust the bobbin tension on this machine.
Any ideas would be appreciated.

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it sounds like your bobbin tension is too tight. to adjust bobbin tension, remove bobbin case (remove needle plate first) and adjust bobbin tension screw on side of case until bobbin thread has a slight resistance as you pull it through the bobbin case.

this will be trial and error until you get best result. you should always try and match top and bottom threads. if the top thread is quite thick you may have continue to increase needle thread tension until balanced.


Posted on Jul 26, 2009


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Bobbin winder belt melted

Bobbin winder stopped working. I opened the machine and the belt around the bobbin winder looks like it has melted. Is there a part number or anywhere I can order a new belt?

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Mine stopped working too. Gave up and wound bobbins by hand for a while until I broke down and took the machine apart -- an ordeal to figure out. I found that a pliable ring on the winder was completely disintegrated (gummy plastic-like stuff). An online search found this -- a bobbin "tire" which I THINK is the part I need: Hope this helps. --Also cleaned all the lint out when I had the machine opened up. They don't make it EASY!

Posted on Aug 09, 2012


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zigzag stitch not catching

when doing zigzag or blanket stitch only catches a few stitches..have a straight line of stitches then a zigzag more straight line

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try these suggestions and see if they help

Skipped stitches
1. The needle is not inserted correctly
Remove needle & reinsert needle( flat side towards the back of machine)
2. The needle is damaged
replace with new needle
3. The wrong size needle is being used
Choose a needle to suit the thread & fabric
4. The foot not attached correctly
Check & attach correctly

Posted on Oct 19, 2012


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E6 error code on cs6000i

When running my machine, I get one or two stitches in and the needle slows down on it's own and starts making a horrible grating noise in the engine part, eventually stopping and showing Error Code E6. My threads are still loose, bobbin case isn't scratched, no threads stuck in the track or anything. Tried doing it without both the top thread and bobbin in place and it still does it - even when I'm not sewing anything, just running the machine. Guessing it is something in the engine but can't figure out what! Help?

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it's possible that it's a mechanical or electronic problem or something has worn or is loose, it needs to be serviced

Posted on Feb 09, 2012


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The needle hits the throat plate

The needle misses the hold where it should go through and hits metal one the throat plate. I fixed the sewing problem, it was a belt.

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if a new needle still wont align with the needle plate, your needle bar is out of whack

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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