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From: usajump300
Date: 10-30-2004, 05:40 PM (1 of 5)
Help I'm trying to sew my halloween costume and my bobbin threasd keeps getting caught and all tangled so i have 5 threads coming out of the bobbin! Any advice is greatly appreciated. I have a singer touch and sew (old).
User: usajump300
Member since: 10-30-2004
Total posts: 1
From: cychen
Date: 10-30-2004, 06:10 PM (2 of 5)
This happened to me a few times before! I hate that. Check the list to make sure that these aren't the sources of your problem.

1. Is your machine clean? I know that this sounds elementary but some sewing machine gets cranky when it has fuzzes in the bobbin case and in the sewing area in general. Cleaning after each project is important especially if you're using a fabric that sheds a lot.

2. Is your thread threadded properly? Is it going through all the right places and being held by the thread guide bar (or something to keep the thread in place as it gets pulled up and down by the take up lever). My thread came out of the thread guide bar last time and made a big thread mess on the bottom of the fabric as I sewed.

3. Is your bobbin thread winding and dispensing the thread in the right direction? (Sorry if this is another "duh" question. I did this a couple of times myself.)

4. Perhaps the most important, before you sew your first stitch, make sure that your don't have too much free spool thread and bobbin thread hanging out. Trim as necessary. Hold both threads securely as you sew your first few stiches and let the feed dog take your fabric (and the two threads in the end) away from the bobbin case hole on your throat plate. This way, you don't have your free bobbin thread end going back into the bobbin thread case and getting tangled with the rest of the bobbin thread. When I forget to trim the threads or hold the two threads down properly in the first few stitches, I end up getting 2, 3, if not 4 bobbin threads coming out of the bobbin thread case.

Others can probably think of other possible bugs. Good luck!

User: cychen
Member since: 09-10-2004
Total posts: 15
From: sewphisticate
Date: 10-31-2004, 01:18 AM (3 of 5)
All of Christine's suggestions are right on target. One other thing to check is your needle. If your needle is the wrong size or type for what you are sewing or if it has become dull it can cause stitch problems. Good luck!

User: sewphisticate
Member since: 10-29-2004
Total posts: 20
From: paroper
Date: 10-31-2004, 08:37 AM (4 of 5)
Also, is you needle in the correct way, is the flat part facing the right direction? Check and make sure that your needle is in all the way. Make sure that when you wound your bobbin you didn't leave the starting end sticking out just a little bit. Also, make sure that when you start your threads are out of the way to the back of the machine and don't start right on the edge. Check and make sure that your bobbin was wound tight and even.

The reason that these things usually occur has to do with the hook mechanism picking up an extra thread someplace, or the bobbin thread not being tightly wound or the threads not being in the correct place when it tries to sew.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: auzzi
Date: 11-01-2004, 12:08 AM (5 of 5)
You are using the correct bobbin [Touch and Sew] for your machine?

Many bobbins that look the same are actually a shade narrower/thicker or bigger/smaller.

This looping can be caused a a smaller bobbin "floating" around in the case, rather than being appropriately snug in place.
User: auzzi
Member since: 10-28-2003
Total posts: 56
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