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I have a Husqvarna 550. The bottom thread suddenly started clumping and the machine now makes a clunking noise. This happened suddenly. I have rethreaded 3x, nothing visible in the bobbin case.

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Make sure you are using the correct bobbin, and that it was threaded properly. Check needle and plate to make sure there are no nicks. Clean all fuzz from the bobbin area. Always thread needle with needle down.

Posted on Apr 17, 2019


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SOURCE: Brother Sewing Machine model:CS8150 bobbin thread problems

The top of the machine is not threaded correctly. First raise the presserfot then rethread the machine. Bottom looping is usually caused by a lack of top tension. There could allso be a bur on the hook.

Posted on Feb 23, 2008


Kim Fillmore

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SOURCE: Picking up the bobbin thread

A few suggestions:

  1. Rethread top of machine from scratch with the presser foot raised, i.e. remove thread completely from all thread guides & paths and start from scratch, making sure thread is securely seated between tension disks. Once the needle is re-threaded, lower the presser foot and give the tail end of the thread a tug to make sure there's tension on it.
  2. Make sure the bobbin is turning the correct direction for your machine - and that the thread tail is under the tension plate or bobbin tension guide (depending on machine).
  3. Blow out any fuzz.
  4. Insert a new needle, making sure needle is pushed all the way up.
  5. Oil machine (in locations recommended in your owner's manual).
If the basic cleaning and re-threading (above) don't help, your machine(s) may be out of time or have another mechanical issue that will require a repair technician. We recommend a tech trained on your specific brands - they'll be better trained and able to get any repair parts that may be needed.

Hope this helps narrow down your stitching problems.

Happy sewing,
Kim & Linnette

Posted on Jun 27, 2008


La Von Beckstead

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SOURCE: needle won't grab bobbin thread

Check the position of the needle. Some machines have to have the needle in a certain way or they won't pick up the thread from the bobbin. Make sure the screw on the bobbin is tight but not to tight you may have to adjust it a few times to get it where it needs to be. Also make sure the bobbin is wound tight

Posted on Oct 14, 2008


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SOURCE: noise from bobbin case on new Janome 4020

Check the bobbin to be sure it is inserted correctly. When you pull on the bobbin thread the bobbin should turn to the left(orcounterclockwise). If it doesn't, the thread will come out of the bobbin tension and give you loose stitches on top of the fabric. It will also make a noise because the bobbin is bouncing up and will need to readjust your tension again.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008


Michael Thorpe

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im not!
it needs a good service the timeing has sliped out a little, nothing more that that,,,see its not a lost cause just yet

Posted on Oct 24, 2009

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