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My machine will not move forward.

Changing the bobbin tension

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Sewing machines have a "free sew" that allows you to move a hoop by your own choice any way you choose. This means the feed dogs are below the plate and will not move the material forward or backwards either. You need to find the button and switch it to feed.

Posted on Dec 09, 2014

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    Rina Roston Jan 04, 2015

    this did not help. the feed dogs are still moving backwards.



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SOURCE: Upper thread wraps around bobbin mechanism, while sewing


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SOURCE: Singer Simple bottom thread is loose

hi there
raise pressure foot up thread making sure thread passes between thread guide this should solve problem never alter bobbin tension,
mary h

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SOURCE: Bottom stitches loose

You don't want to adjust the bobbin tension, you'll want to try adjusting your stitch length, as well as the regulator tension.

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SOURCE: can't tighten clutch on Kenmore zig zag sewing machine.

The clutch has fallen off the shaft. Remove the very small screw in the clutch release screw to remove the clutch release. Place the clutch(round thing with ears on it) back on the shaft with the center ears pointing towards the outside. Put the clutch release screw back on. Tighten it to make sure it works
properly. Put the small screw back in the clutch release screw and test it again. If it will not tighten or release properly, remove the clutch ,rotate it180 degrees and try it again.This should solve your problem.

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SOURCE: Bobbin tension on Viking 350 Sewing Machine

Viking bobbin case tension adjustment:
When the bobbin runs out, sometimes it bends the bobbin case tension spring. Then tension is too light. Take the bobbin case out of the machine. Tie the loose bobbin thread to the Designer 1 needle plate. Insert the bobbin in the bobbin case. Here’s the tricky part set the bobbin case on the table as if it’s in the machine (Bobbin is visible and sitting horizontal to table top) threaded as if sewing and loose end tied to needle plate (that is removed from the machine). Lift the bobbin case off the table rotate it so that the flat side of the bobbin are vertical to the table and no longer horizontal. Have the bobbin case oriented so that the thread coming out of the bobbin case sprint (slot area where it is put for sewing) is at the top. Lift it high enough that the needle plate is lifted from the table. It should not release thread unless you shake it gently and then a very small amount of thread. The needle plate is the exact weight resistance your bobbin case should have on the thread.

Posted on Mar 19, 2009

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I have a Seammaster machine Model # 6950. I bought it with now book. How do I adjust the tension on the bobbin?

Here are some instructions regarding tension adjustment. However, before you try changing the bobbin tension, I suspect that it is the top thread creating the mess of thread. REMOVE the top thread from the machine, ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot, and rethread from the beginning.

Understanding Thread Tension Threads

There are some manuals available for purchase for your machine. Search for Simplicity Seammaster 6950.

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What to do to fix the bobbin thread from jamming up everytime

There are a couple of reasons that can cause this.
a. Raise the pressure foot. As you load the top thread give small tugs to check for snags. They must be stopped.
b. Once the top threading is done on top lower the pressure foot. Now, give a tug on the thread. Is the tension really hard or just average? You may need to lower the tension to stop the jamming of the bobbin thread.
c. Clean the bobbin area. Check the bobbin tension and adjust as you need to.
d. Put a drop of oil on the race. (Thing the bobbin case sits on)
e. As the bobbin hook (sharp thing) is rotating does the bobbin case move back and forth a lot. You may need to adjust the bar that is next to the bobbin case so it can't rotate. Usually you will need to move it forward.



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Thread forming loops underneat

It's a tension problem. Either your upper tension is too loose, or your bobbin tension is off. What kind of machine is it ? Machines have various settings for the upper tension. Usually it should be near the middle setting for most uses. If the upper tension mechanism is worn out or the springs are damaged, it needs repair. First try changing the upper tension settings, one increment at a time to see if it gets better.

Also double check to be certain it is properly threaded, because thread that's missed one guide can cause this problem too. Try a brand new needle, in case the needle has some damage.

If it's properly threaded, with a new needle and adjusting the upper tension does not help, it may be the bobbin tension that's off. Bobbin tension is often controlled by a single screw, which you can adjust. Take the bobbin case out and find the screw. Use a marker to mark where the screw slot is positioned now, because you may need to move it back to where you started. Then move it a quarter turn at a time in one direction first, to see if it helps. One direction will tighten it, the other will loosen it. The ideal tension for a bobbin is when you can dangle the bobbin case by the thread and have it move along the thread when you give it a bit of a shake, as you would to use a YO YO. If it won't move at all, the tension is too tight. If it slides freely, it's too loose.

If none of that helps, you need a repair man.

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My singer 8602 does not pick up the thread from the bottom or the bobbin, the fabric wont move forward.

That can be one of a few things:
  1. the bobbin isn't threaded correctly,
  2. one of tension settings is way off (the bobbin has a tension setting controlled by a small screw, or
  3. the timing of the machine is off
Have you used this machine successfully in the past?

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Brother innov-is cs8080. Tangles underneath all the time Sometimes top thread wraps around the shuttle. Will not move forward. Have cleaned shuttle and changed spool but still not difference. Could...

Check your bobbin threading tension (is bobbin thread loose on bobbin?); check needle thread tension (does it snag or jump when feeding?)

Be sure bobbin case, etc. is properly installed in shuttle housing.

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Top thread don't look right when i pull it it comes out

try changing the needle
try rethread the top thread
use every thread guide
use the right thread & needle for the fabric
adjust the top thread tension just a little forward, if that doesn't help
(write down where the top tension was before you moved it)
if adjusting the top thread tension doesn't help put the tension back
where it was
clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin are for lint
here is a link for a free manual

it's also possible that the machine could be slightly out of time
& it needs to be checked

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First check the upper and lower tension adjustments according to link below and then check the knob (bobbin case) that makes the bobbin tension which lies inside the shuttle if it is too loose. Restricted it with the sheet metals around it so that it shouldn't move so freely up and down or back and forward. Be careful it should move freely a little but not too much.

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