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    Junior Member Darlene's's Avatar
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    I have wasted over 2 hrs trying to figure this out !!
    My machine is sewing a great stitch on the bottom but the top is ALMOST straight !! like its not going down in the material.
    I have changed bobbin thread.....top thread.....new needle...adjusted tension ... and still nothing has fixed this !!
    But the first 4 stitches are right then it goes almost straight.
    Any advice?? I now have a headache lol :?: :?:

    I am trying to piece a quilt so, 2 layers of cotton fabric.
    I have rethreaded 3 times.
    I have cleaned bobbin shaft free of lint.
    Its got to be in the tension but I cant figure it out, I have adjusted alittle here and there but nothing is helping.
    # 11 needle since I'm only doing 2 layers. (new)

    see the first few is defined then they get almost smooth with not much sinking in material.
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    Super Member maine ladybug's Avatar
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    What type of fabric are you sewing? How many layers? What size needle are you using?

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    Clean the path of the thread. You may have adjusted the tension, but if there is a small piece of thread stuck somewhere along the path, adjusting it will not help much.

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    Maybe clean any lint in the bobbin casing?

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    Check your bobbin to makes sure it is in correctly,Threaded correctly. But it seems like to me it is a tension problem. Good luck..I get what I call railroad tracks and that is tension. It has a bumpy feel and the top thread can be pulled out very easy as it is almost straight. BillsBonBon

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    Could your thread be catching on the little notch on the spool, thus not flowing freely? Try turning the spool around.

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    Need a new needle?

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    I would think that if the bottom is catching, the top would be right.
    Have you checked the BOBBIN tension? That is on the bobbin case (where you put the bobbin).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leota
    I would think that if the bottom is catching, the top would be right.
    Have you checked the BOBBIN tension? That is on the bobbin case (where you put the bobbin).
    Yes I have checked it to everything I know to do I have done lol ty :D

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    Check out your owner's manual, or go online to download it.
    I never can find my manual, no matter which safe place I put it and have to look online. So far that's all the help I needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    Check out your owner's manual, or go online to download it.
    I never can find my manual, no matter which safe place I put it and have to look online. So far that's all the help I needed.
    lol I have mine sitting here looking at it now and still cant fix it :oops:

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    There are only two possibilities: the top tension is too tight, or the bottom is too loose.

    I'd try first setting the upper tension to some point that you think is ridiculously too loose, to see if that changes anything at all. If it doesn't, then go to the bobbin tension and try to tighten that.

    Once upon a time I had a new (three-week-old) machine that I had to return for a fix in the bobbin tension mechanism. (That was before I realized that you can actually tweak that yourself.) And I've also had a serger that had problems with the upper tension that also had to go in for repairs. I was told there was a "weld" somewhere that had let go. (That I would not have been able to fix myself).

    Good luck. It's so frustrating!

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    Have you rethreaded the machine (top spool)

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    Could your thread be catching on the little notch on the spool, thus not flowing freely? Try turning the spool around.
    threads not catching either...ty tho :D

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    I would put in a larger needle and see if that helps--like a 14.....I got a batch of bad needles once that about drove me to drink!

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    Couple things... what machine are you using?

    Is the bobbin in the case so the thread comes off spinning clock wise? Check under the throat plate, some times I have a lint build up, and miss a piece of felt, LOL.
    I run a Q tip with machine oil on it, to catch any missing lint...

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    I think if the top thread is loose you have to adjust the small screw on the bobbin case, screw it in a little, see if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene's
    I have wasted over 2 hrs trying to figure this out !!
    My machine is sewing a great stitch on the bottom but the top is ALMOST straight !! like its not going down in the material.
    I have changed bobbin thread.....top thread.....new needle...adjusted tension ... and still nothing has fixed this !!
    But the first 4 stitches are right then it goes almost straight.
    Any advice?? I now have a headache lol :?: :?:

    I am trying to piece a quilt so, 2 layers of cotton fabric.
    I have rethreaded 3 times.
    I have cleaned bobbin shaft free of lint.
    Its got to be in the tension but I cant figure it out, I have adjusted alittle here and there but nothing is helping.
    # 11 needle since I'm only doing 2 layers. (new)
    I got it OKIEPASTOR told me to try another new needle cause sometimes even the new ones are bad and BINGO guess thats what it was so ty all for your help !! :thumbup:

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    That's what I love about this board!! Everyone is soooo helpful!

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    Wow, glad I clicked on this. Learned too. Thx!

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    maybe it is the thread ?????? let us know when you do figure it out !

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    Why did you wait almost 2 years? Why not just take it in for service?

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    I had the same problem on my Viking Diamond. The repairman did a little tweaking and it works much better. He said it had to do with the thread "catching" properly. You might take it in for a little service. I don't think you can solve the problem yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themarybuckeye
    Why did you wait almost 2 years? Why not just take it in for service?
    Two Hours! (g)

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    I've had this problem. It turned out my bobbin was in wrong. It has to be with the thread coming out counter-clockwise, not clockwise. Such a small thing that made a big problem.

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