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A horrible tangle

Recently (I think it first started happening after I hit a straight pin), there seems to be a problem with the thread getting caught down around the bobbin casing of my Singer 2662. I've changed out the needle, used a different bobbin, taken it apart, made sure nothing was jammed up, tried adjusting the tension, etc. Nothing seems to work--after about 2 stitches, both the bobbin and top thread get caught up in a horrible tangle, creating a huge knot and jamming the works. It's almost as if the top thread is getting caught up in the hook race, somehow. Any suggestions?

Posted by Jana Novakova on

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  • MsMJCole Nov 29, 2007


  • mcmullen413 Nov 18, 2008

    Same problem, exactly. By the third stitch it completely jammed up. I've taken it all apart and can't find anything.

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    Same problem any ideas?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    After only a couple of stitches the machine makes a clunking noise and then jams. I'm not a very experienced seamstress. I have tried adjusting the settings but it doesn't seem to help. Any suggestions on what I should try?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    the thread from the top spool gets caught on the hook in hook assembly area



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This is a bit late, could the bobbin case not be seated properly? You need to put it into place and then turn it clockwise until it seats soundly in the opening. Also, check for burrs...the needle may have left a rough mark on the plastic or metal in the bobbin area. A piece of batting, or even an old knee hi should snag on any rough areas.

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