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From: skybluepinko2
Date: 04-05-2005, 11:36 AM (1 of 5)
I have recently started sewing again after a long absence from Home Ec. I have a Brother 63 stitch new machine. (sorry I don't know the # off hand). Sometimes when I am sewing it works beautifully, and other times the bobbin tangles into a big mess. Am I not winding it right, or is it a problem with another part of the machine. Thanks for all of your help
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Member since: 04-05-2005
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From: paroper
Date: 04-05-2005, 01:05 PM (2 of 5)
According to my dealer's mom (a retired dealer and retired home ec teacher) you need to be looking at the thread from the spool. She says that almost all the tangles come from either something about the way the tread is coming off the spool, the upper tension, something not being threaded correctly or a guide being missed. My experience is that most thread tangles come from the machine not being threaded with the presser foot UP. That is the only time that the tension disks are open. The motion of moving the thread through the rest of the guides helps to seat the thread into the disks.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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Member since: 02-03-2004
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-05-2005, 03:15 PM (3 of 5)
I'm really careful to thread with the presser foot up but last month I suddenly had a problem with the thread knotting at the bobbin case. I changed the needle -- did everything I could think of.
Finally I called the shop and she said (just like Pam) "Re-thread it. You probably threaded it with the foot down."
"Oh no, I never do that."
Sure enough I re-threaded it and it was fine.
I thought we were supposed to get smarter when we get older.
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Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: plrlegal
Date: 04-05-2005, 11:26 PM (4 of 5)
Another area that will cause tangles, etc. is if the thread is winding off the bobbin in the wrong direction. Check your manual to be sure that you have our bobbin in properly and that the thread is winding off in the right direction and that the thread is properly seated in the bobbin tension guide.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: mamadus
Date: 04-06-2005, 01:23 AM (5 of 5)
I'm with patsy.. I recently bought myself an inexpensive Brother quilting machine... a couple of times while piecing I had a problem with the bobbin tangling and nesting.. couldn't figure out what was wrong... then I happened to really look at the bobbin thread.. sure enough.. it had some how come out of the tension path and although it was still feeding up through the needle plate, it didn't have the proper tension on it and that was causing the problem... once I rethreaded the bobbin, all was well...

just my 2 cents...

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User: mamadus
Member since: 12-31-2004
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