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Elma supermatic balls up under machine after a few stiches

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Thread nests (also called bird nests).

Remove the top thread.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning.

Birds nest under the fabric big loops of thread top side looks good...

What causes Bird Nests Superior Threads

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