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Thread: upper thread getting stuck in lower bobbin area! HELP!

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    ButtercreamCakeArtist's Avatar
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    No matter what I do, I cannot seem to have a pleasant and smooth sewing session! While my SE 270 D is off to Tennessee to be repaired or replaced, I am using my LS1520 Brother....
    I remember what problems I had with it, now!

    The upper thread goes down into the lower bobbin area and gets stuck on something....Then, I have the bobbin thread and the top thread that is going down and getting caught and coming back up, so there are 3 threads coming out of the bottom. I can cut that upper thread and it will just pull right out, sometimes. The machine will sew this way for a bit, then it will get stuck and makes a whole lotta mess! I have changed the lower bobbin thread and am now also using a different one on top. If I am sewing a smaller area and using the reverse, it is WAY WORSE! It's also worse on Zig Zag function. :(

    Anyone know what is going on? I have been trying to work on my DD's raggedy quilt since the last of August.
    I'm so frustrated!
    I don't think I want another Brother....

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    I've had that happen on my machine. The repair guy said put a drop of oil in the bobbin area before each use, it seems running it 3 hours per day is too much. I use an old child's paintbrush to move it around as I turn the wheel, it's less messy that way. Make certain the bobbin mechanism is properly seated.

    Hope this helps.

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    One of my machines did that and the guy told me he had to time it. It was out of time. Maybe that is. Of course that machine was junk. It was a Necchi.
    Judy in Ohio

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    I don't have a Brother, but occasionally I have had that happen. Is it happening when you 1st start sewing 2 pieces of material together at the edge of the fabric? If so, the it may help to hold the thread back behind the feed dogs & keep a little tension on them until you have locked in the 1st few stitches. I like to have my needle start about 1/16th to 1/8th inch in from the edge. Sometimes I have had that thread problem when going thru an especially thick intersection & I've found that walking it thru the intersection using the hand wheel on the side of my machine will help there. Not sure this info will help. Maybe someone else with a Brother will have another idea.

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    I've had that happen and when it does that is my cue to clean my machine...remove the throat plate and bobbin case and get the lint out. I have a small compressor that I use to clean it all out, compressed air works great too to get into all the little nooks and crannies. :)

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    my machine locked up today (in much the same way). i panicked. when the thread was going around the bobbin case, it was getting stuck. i still have in my head the nice korean lady that sold me the machine when she told me, 'when something goes wrong, before you panic, unthread and rethread the entire machine'.

    it worked for me! don't know why, but it worked today!

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    I have cleaned the machine. I also have a paint brush to help brush out the lint and to spread the oil around. The machine was cleaned and ready to go before I started sewing on it a couple days ago. Now, it is cleaned again.
    I have threaded and re-threaded and re-threaded again everything.
    I've had out the entire lower bobbin parts...all that come out. I've oiled and cleaned that area and put it back...probably 20 times.

    The outcome is the same!

    And I'm holding the thread from the lower bobbin as I first start sewing...

    I think something is bent? Or, as Judy said, it could be out of time? I don't know.

    I can get another el cheapo at WM for like $57 (around that area)...I don't know whether to try to get it fixed or get another cheapie. If I get it fixed, it may end up costing as much as a new cheapie would be?
    BUT...I should be getting back my other one sometime...probably not until next year, though, is my guess.

    I'm just stumped. I really don't know what to do. It's crappy when your back-up machine needs a back-up! :(


    We have a snow day today, so I have both kids home, too.
    I guess we might put up our tree later. DD has a sore throat and is whiney and the baby is just not acting like he feels good. I think steam is about to pour out my ears.

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    I have a Shark and when I try to sew fast the whole bobbin mechanism jumps out of place. Very irritating on those long straight stretches. If that wasn't bad enough, I meant to bring the Bernina home at Thanksgiving when we went to the mtns and plumb forgot. If it wasn't 5 hrs one way, I'd go get it! I like the decorative stitches on the Shark but this bobbin thing has me steaming too. So I know how you feel!

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    One other thought... Does the bobbin go in the same way on both machines? My Bernina and Elna both have the thread go opposite the way it finally comes out, but when I did the ex's machine (a Singer) that way for my daughter one evening, what a mess it made.
    On the Elna, the only time I got lots of top thead living below the plate was when I was using crappy thread and it filled up the bobbin area with fuzz, making everything go Kafloooy (highly technical term).

    tim in san jose

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter
    One other thought... Does the bobbin go in the same way on both machines? My Bernina and Elna both have the thread go opposite the way it finally comes out, but when I did the ex's machine (a Singer) that way for my daughter one evening, what a mess it made.
    On the Elna, the only time I got lots of top thead living below the plate was when I was using crappy thread and it filled up the bobbin area with fuzz, making everything go Kafloooy (highly technical term).

    tim in san jose
    No. They are VERY different.
    THe new machine (that is now in TN) is fairly simple to thread the lower bobbin. All you have to do is take a little plastic piece off in front of the feed dogs. The bobbin lays in there horizontal, you pull out some thread in a little groove until it reaches the cutter. It cuts itself off at the right length...plastic plate goes back on, and that's it!
    The upper thread has a cartridge you put the spool in and run your thread around in the proper grooves on it...then, push it into the machine, and it automatically threads the needle...and this upper needle threader is what broke and caused me to have to ship it away for repair.

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