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Re: Birds nest
Check the tension on both the upper and lower threads is similar. It sounds like the thread on the lower spool is under tensioned. On most machines the tension is increased by a small screw on the spool.
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Install a brand new needle that is compatible with the thread and fabric you are using.
Remove the top thread totally from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread the top thread from the beginning.
Confirm the thread path is correct.
Retest your machine.
Thread nesting or bird nesting resulting usually from: mis-threading, upper thread not seated completely in the tension disk, upper thread tension too loose. HINT: ALWAYS raise the presser foot when threading the upper thread.