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From: ConnerFish
Date: 04-19-2007, 06:08 PM (1 of 7)
:bang: This is my first post and I an getting very frustrated. I am trying to sew a pillow and everytime I try to sew anything the thread ( not the bobbin thread) gets bunched up and brocken on the underside of the fabric. The top looks normal but the bottom is a mess of broken threads. It also gets sucked down into the bottom where the bobbin is. I know its not the bobbin thread and I have tried everything i can think of (new needle tension....) and don't know what to do. What are some possible causes of this. Thank you for the help!
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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 04-19-2007, 06:38 PM (2 of 7)
Could you possibly have your bobbin in backwards? This happened to me several times before I realized that the bobbin was supposed to go one particular direction. :re: Well, hope this helps! - the new home for Sew What's New
User: Kaitlinnegan
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 04-19-2007, 06:46 PM (3 of 7)
Just a thought, have you re-threaded the top thread. I had problems once where the thread kept breaking and snarling underneath. Tried everything including changing the needle but when I re-threaded the machine, it worked like a charm after that.
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From: mommydionne
Date: 04-19-2007, 08:54 PM (4 of 7)
Is this just the first centimetre or so? Some machines like you to hold a slight bit of tension on the bobbin thread, ie... hold the needle and bobbin thread snuggly in your Left hand when you take the 1st couple of stitches to see if that helps anchor your stitches,

most machines are set so that when you pull the thread the bobbin turns clockwise in the case or for drop ins, in the machine bed, my bernina is EXTREMELY fussy about this:cry:

and as Judy says if all else fails totally rethread from scratch!
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From: paroper
Date: 04-19-2007, 09:09 PM (5 of 7)
If you start off the edge of the fabric this will happen as the thread is trying to form a stitch through the fabric and there isn't fabric there. Solution? Move the needle about 2-3mm onto the fabric.

Holding the thread as has been suggested helps if it is happening on the fabric.

One thing that I have discovered that is true of machine and serger sewing is that when you thread the needles the presser feet on the machine should be up (the exception MAY be to one that is self-threading). This opens the tension disks. I had done this for years but didn't realize it because most seamstresses automatically lift the presser foot after each seam so it is up when you thread the needle.

Another (old) solution is to use the hand wheel to put the needle into the fabric before you start sewing. This not only helps sometimes with thread nests, it keeps the needle from unthreading for those machines that are prone to that problem.

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
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From: Pcat
Date: 04-19-2007, 11:30 PM (6 of 7)
I've had that happen to me, and it seems like either the needle needs to be re-threaded, or I have to take out the bobbin case and blow some compressed air in there. More often than not, there is an itty-bitty piece of lint or thread that is completely gunking up the works. Also, changing the needle never hurts!

User: Pcat
Member since: 04-17-2007
Total posts: 20
From: grandma C
Date: 04-20-2007, 01:29 AM (7 of 7)
I've had this happen when I have had a brain cramp and forgot to put down the presser foot. OOOPS!!!!!::bang:
sometime you have to take out the contraption thet you put the bobbin in, I think its called the race, and you will find a piece of thread cought in one of the grooves in it. I also had this problem when sewing with old thread.
Hope you get it figured out.

User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
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