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Thread: HELP with sewing machine messing up!

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    Junior Member pseudoquilter's Avatar
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    Angry HELP with sewing machine messing up!

    I was sewing right along and noticed my top (upper) stitch was fine but the lower had almost a loopy design to it almost like a rounded zig-zag pattern. I did not touch any of the tensions. The only thing was re-loading the bobbin. I noticed that the thread may jump out of the tension adjusting spring. I have a Brother XL 3500 i. This is what I hate about sewing!!!
    Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Turn the machine off then back on ... and rethread all of the threads including the bobbin. Check your tension settings the upper is typically set between 3 or 4 .

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    Try changing the bobbin. This happened recently to me. As soon as I put a different new bobbin it worked fine.

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    I was always told, when anything messes up, first, re-thread, that takes care of most problems. Especially if it was fine before.
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    I was wondering if the type of thread is part of the problem, its a new spool of Coats topstitching. I was doing fine until the bobbin ran out and I put the new on.

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    Don't you hate when that happens?? Ughhhhhh

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    Clean the bobbin area, rethread top and bottom, try a new needle (my Brother always played up when the needle needed changing) also make sure that your feeddogs are up and your presser foot is down. Hope it starts to behave itself, very frustrating when your machine is being naughty.
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    1. Rethread the machine.
    2. Take out the bobbin and put it back in.
    3. Change the bobbin.
    4. Change the needle.
    Most of the time one of these will fix just about any problem.
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    You had the topstitching thread in the bobbin? That is usually for heavy weight fabrics. That thread is too thick to have in the bobbin for regular sewing. With it being on the top you need a very thin thread in the bobbin at least a 50wt 2 ply.
    Got fabric?

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    BellaBoo, that was my first thought, too. The thread is probably too thick for the bobbin tension spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    You had the topstitching thread in the bobbin? That is usually for heavy weight fabrics. That thread is too thick to have in the bobbin for regular sewing. With it being on the top you need a very thin thread in the bobbin at least a 50wt 2 ply.
    I agree!!!!

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    Another thing to know - if the problem is on the bottom side of your fabric, the issue is with the top thread. If your problem is on top of the fabric, then the issue is with your bobbin thread. So, if you're seeing loops on the bottom of your fabric, check your upper thread.

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    maybe you put the bobbin in wrong or threaded it impropperly. I have the same machine and have never had a tension issue with it. So rethread, clean out the bobbin area, and place a new bobbin, and that should do it. Sometimes its the simple things that mess us up, and we are so frustrated we don't stop and think about it, we just assume its a tension issue.

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    Okay. I am not very knowledgeable about thread. I always use the same thread in both top and bottom no matter what the weight. I have never had a problem. Why do you use a different thread in the bobbin? Very interested to know. will make my piecing better?
    thanks.
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