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Bobbin thread bunching

Hi, can you help? I am trying to use my machine but the thread in the bobbin keeps bunching up after about 2 stitches. I take the bobbin out of the case and there is never any thread caught up so I don't know why this is happening.

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  • wiljenpake Oct 23, 2007

    Hi Ken, on further investigation, it isn't the thread from the bobbin that's the problem, it's the thread from the reel that keeps bunching. I have taken EVERYTHING apart, cleaned it and I just cannot see why this problem is happening. It does about one stitch then you feel the needle tighten up and then the thread is all caught under the plate. Any suggestions????!!!!! Thank you

  • wiljenpake Oct 23, 2007

    Hi. Well, as far as I am concerned, there is no damage to the needle plate and no damage on the bobbin spring. The cotton is definitely bunching up under the needle plate though. When I put the bobbin in, it is in a compartment at the bottom front left corner of the machine and it goes in horizontally and just sits in it's housing so I assume this is a drop in one? I am a complete novice where sewing machines are concerned. I had this bought for me about 12 years ago but it has only ever been used half a dozen times and is still like new. I really hope you can help me further as I appreciate your advice thus far. Thank you

  • yblack Nov 24, 2007

    It sounds like I have the same problem. I have Kenmore 16231 machine. The needle thread is catching on the hook under the needle plate. I have made sure the machine is threaded correctly, needle and bobbin are inserted correctly, and cleaned under the needle plate. There does not seem to be any damage to anything. I have also changed needles. But the thread continues to catch...

  • creationinsp Jan 28, 2009

    my 1730 wont make more than one or two stitches when the needle stops , the thread tightens, and there is a wad of thread under the throat plate above and around the bobbin. It's very frustrating. I've got a pile of sewing to do for other people and I cant use my machine. I've taken bobbins out, rethreaded them, cleaned bobbin cavity and needle area, replaced needles and sizes. Please Help. I cant afford to buy a new machine. Thanks.Linda

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Usually after I use back stitch thread breaks and boo in thread bunches up

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    machine will not zigzag consistently and bobbin thread is not being caught

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I have the same problem too and I have a singer. I have done everything. Is my machine just kaput?

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I have a Kenmore 16231 That kept bunching up on the bottom side of the material. I found to correct this problem, there is a tension adjustment under the cover on the left side of the machine ( the light is housed under this cover) I found a tensiner lever numbered 1 - 4 and if you try this adjustment on 3 or 4 this machine works great. hope this helps

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I have a Singer 2950. The thread keeps getting bunched up on the reserve side of the fabric, and does not stitch. It is driving me crazy. I think I have the bobbin threaded correctly, as well as the machine. I have tried everything! Please help!

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Thread keeps bunching up under needle plate.


hi Virginia.
you have not said what make you have.
but this is all i could find out.
Make sure your bobbin is threaded properly along with the top thread. It would help to know which machine you have. Mine has only one way to put the bobbin in so it will work okay, but I have had the thread miss the take up lever and it acted the same way (top thread). Keep trying.
Is it bunching as you first start sewing a seam? Try hold the bobbin thread and the top thread lightly when you first start your seam.
If you look at how the stitch is made, you'll see that the bobbin and top thread are interconnected, without a bobbin thread, you don't have a stitch. Check out the link below to see how a machine makes the stitch. It's pretty cool.
Are you bringing the bobbin thread to the surface before trying to sew? To do this, manually turn the wheel on the end of the machine so that the needle drops down into the bobbin race, while holding onto the tail of top thread. Bring the needle back up so that it's as high as it will go. Now pull on the tail of the top thread and it should bring up a loop of the bobbin thread. Pull up the loop so that the tail of the bobbin thread is up. As Marion said, you need to hold onto these tails when you start your seam, or the bobbin thread will get pulled down into the bobbin again and cause the snarling that you are having.
Annie
Here is a link that might be useful: Sewing machine stitch

When I have the thread bunching underneath, it is usually the upper tension that needs tweaking. Also, be sure that your needle is the right size and nice and sharp. A dull needle can really gum up the works.
When mine has done that it usually has lint under the bobbin case. Have you cleaned under and around the bobbin?
Make sure your bobbin is feeding off in the right direction.
I have just recently learned this. When you are threading your machine, make sure the needle and the presser foot are both in the up position. I am betting that would fix your problem.
I use to have this problem often. [sorry for the simplicity of this answer but it works for me] the needle goes up and down, when it starts it downward motion stop. this should be the position of the needle when you start to sew. hope this helps
or this link might help you out some more.

Thread keeps bunching up under needle plate Google Search

Dec 12, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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Top thread bunches


try changing the needle--use a needle according to the fabric
being sewed
if thin fabric is being sewed try using a stablizer
rethread the machine top and bobbin--use every thread guide
make sure the bobbin is inserted correctly and turned correctly
in the bobbin case
also try adjusting the top thread tension just a little

Oct 23, 2012 | Singer 2950 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Thread on the bottom side of stitch is all bunched up


Try these suggestions
1. Change needle
2. Rethread the machine--top --make sure to use every thread guide
3. Take the bobbin out --make sure it is inserted correctly into the bobbin
Case, & make sure the bobbin is turned the correct way
4. make sure the thread has not come off the thread take up lever
5. Clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area for lint or threads

Oct 09, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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Can't set the tension on needle or bobbin to match


1. make sure your machine is threaded right.2. set the tension between 3 and 4 and play with the tension as you need it to adjust it.3. make sure the bobbin is threaded right.make sure to visit the site below; it has solutions to multiple problems and instructions how to thread the needle or bobbin. Good luck.htt://Fix Looping/Knotting Thread Fix Knotting/Bunching Thread Looping Bunching & Knotting Thread

Aug 03, 2011 | Euro-Pro 1260DX Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Stitch tension problem - bobbin thread lies flat or bunches. If you increase the needle thread tension there is no improvement - even at the highest needle thread tension the bobbin thread is a mess. Any...


Good day!

please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble;================Do this;
1.Top tension to tight================loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded=========check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post========"
4.Thread twisted out of tension======="
5.Take up spring bent or broken=======Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger===Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred===============new needle
8.Bad cone of thread==================try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tensionspring to tight=======Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong===============check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven=====try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case=======clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook==========clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred===check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred===============change
2.Needle set in crooked===============Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring====check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger===check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth=======Tighten bobbin tension
======================================or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth====Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly===remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under====check threading of
tension===============================bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension=======clean between tension discs


Thank you and good luck.

Jun 16, 2011 | Consew 7360R-1 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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My bobbin tension thread is bunching up and not sewing right, top stitch is fine? I've moved the tension control number each way and this does not help at all. I've tried different bobbins also? Help!! ...


Recheck your bobbin and make sure it's in the bobbin case correctly.There may be arrow diagram on face plate or bobbin case. You can also check owner's manual to make sure bobbin is inserted the right way. If it isn't, the bobbin thread can "whiplash" causing the bunching you've describe. If you have smooth stitches on top, your top threading is all right. I hope this helps. If it does, please let Fixya know by rating my solution.

Nov 30, 2010 | Singer Stitch Sew Quick Sewing Machine

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My new sewing machine, just opened to use, is bunching thread on the underneath or bobbin side when I attempt to straight stitch. What is causing this to happen. Thanks.


re thread the top and bobbin threads

after pulling up the bobbin thread pull both threads to the back and hol them when stitching the first few stitches

with out holing the threads the machine will pull the thread into the machine and bunch the thread

Aug 24, 2009 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Wont sew thread bunches up


Hi!

I think you are threading the top of the machine incorrectly. Make sure that what I'm saying is correct, use two color threads to sew with- and you will see that it is in fact the top thread that is bunching.

This might be a tension problem. Could be the bobbin is not threaded in the case right. First, check the threading of the bobbin and then check the stitch.

Next, adjust the tension on the bobbin case. There is usually a small screw on the case that can be tightened or loosened. I think you may need to adjust it a bit or adjust the top tension knob, just a small bit at a time. It the top does not change the stitch, then go to the bobbin case and adjust the screw to tighten the stitch a little bit more.

Please do rate this solution as FixYa and revert for further assistance.

Thanks
Rylee

Jun 19, 2009 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Bottom of stitch is bunched with alot of thread and machine jams


Try these time savers:
Test your thread quality to start, thread your machine and LIFT the presser foot (this opens the tension disks). Pull your top thread straight back. If you feel no tension no mater how much thread you pull, your thread is good. If that your machine passes that test, then let me know, we can go to step 2. If not, try different spool of thread, same test until you get a smooth pull (tip: always check your thread this way when you thread your machine)
Step 2:
Pull on your threaded bobbin thread while it’s in the machine. Does it pull smooth and even? If so, go to step 3. If not, try a new bobbin (bobbins get bent or distorted if wound too tight).
Clean thoroughly in the hook and bobbin case area and oil 1-2 drop is all.

Mar 17, 2009 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Janome Sew Mini bobbin problem


Hi, Usually wrap-ups in the bobbin area are caused by the lack of tension on the top thread. The slack arm ( shinny lever that moves up and down while sewing) has to pull the loop around the bobbin case and it does so only if the tension on the top thread is sufficient to keep it from pulling more thread of the spool.
Try this: Thread the top of the machine all the way just short of the needle eye. When the presser foot is up the thread should pull through easily. Now drop the presser foot (this closes the tension discs) and pull the tread while adjusting the upper tension control.
If everything is working correctly you should feel the drag on the thread change if not something is keeping the discs from closing.
Most Janomes aren't too difficult to remove the nose cover, usually just one screw and you can get a look at the thread path. Look for thread wrapped around the mechanism.
Sorry, no easy answer but I hope this helps.

Mar 16, 2017 | Janome Sewing Machines

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