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    "You're not holding your mouth right", got a big smile from me! When this happens to me, it's because my top tension dial has moved (on it's own), all the way down to "0". I have to be soooo careful about touching it. Just a "glancing blow" will cause my dial to move. I've taken it in to have it fixed and it's better. It used to move on it's own.. just the action of the machine sewing would cause it to move. So... I'd check your top tension dial.

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    Glad to hear that it's sewing like it's supposed to again!

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    So glad you're sewing along beautifully again!
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    Yeah, that "holding your mouth right" must be the tricky thing I have to try sometimes too!
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    If the thread nest is on the bottom it is from the top thread. Clean the machine, oil it, put in a new needle and try again. Sometimes thread gets tangled up in the tension disks and causes lots of grief.

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    A good portion of the time it is caused by the top tension.....make sure the thread is through the take up lever.....rethread your machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KathyRobin View Post
    This was my question, too. When I'm FMQing I sometimes forget to put the pressure foot down before I start and this is what it looks like on the back.
    Ditto! - or the thread has jumped out of the take up.

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    Try oiling the bobbin case.

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    Change the bobbin if that doesn't work, change the needle, if not change the thread from top to bottom. Blow out the bobbin area and check where you should have it oiled.

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    Everyone has given good advice. This is what I have learned over the years. If it is nesting on the bottom it is usually your top thread. Mine will jump out of the take up lever sometimes. Another thing is always thread the machine with your foot up. That way the tension disks are opened and the thread will be in the tension disk correctly. If you thread with the foot down the disks are closed and the thread won't lay right. I had been sewing for 35 years before I learned that. It took buying a new machine, taking my machine classes, and that was one of the things they taught.
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    It could be one of two things. Either your thread jumped out of your take up lever...so rethread....OR, you forgot to put your presser foot down. One other thing, is your bobbin in correctly? Best wishes on a quick fix.
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    That happens in my machine (I think of it as a long birds nest) when it needs to be re-threaded completely. When I do that, I also pull the bobbin out and put it back in & pull the thread up again. Works perfectly. I have a Husqvarna -- absolutely love the machine, but this is a small flaw that I don't mind dealing with as it happens so rarely.

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    Rule: bobbin thread messing up look to the upper thread or area, needle etc. A the reverse with poor upper stitch..........calla

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    I do hate when that happen. Just out of the blue I would be using the same thread then boom it get all mess up . I just turn it all off go away be for is makes me mad lol
    Just like 3 days ago I put new thread in I got from walmark have not us that in a long time got is all ready turned it off and on. started to sew I was sewing for over 20 min then the needle just move over on my free mo- food and brock . why do the machens do thing like that,

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosquitosewgirl View Post
    When this happens to me, which it does a couple of times a year, I unthread it, take the bobbin out, and take out the plate. Then I get my bottle of rubbing alcohol and q-tips, my vacuum attachment and I clean everything. Then I oil it and put the plate back on, followed by rethreading, and putting the bobbin back in. I have found that sometimes it was how I was holding my mouth or something when I was threading it. The rest of the time it has been a itty-bitty piece of thread or just some fuzz built up. Either way, completely taking it apart and putting it back together fresh and clean (and oiled) seems to fix it. Good luck!
    I do the same thing. Mine usually does it suddenly after I have been sewing a lot. I think it is the build up of lint in the feed dogs and bobbin case that affects my machine the most. But as stated above, I clean, oil if need be, rethread, etc. and am usually good to go without a maintenance visit. Good luck.

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    Good advice. Also, have you moved any tension knobs inadvertently?
    Quote Originally Posted by alleyoop1 View Post
    Have you tried to re-thread the entire machine, new bobbin, new needle and reset it back to factory tensions? That might help. Have you used this thread successfully before? If not, try one you have used.

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    One more suggestion, when you thread your top - always have your pressure foot UP, so the tension rings can accept the top thread - never have the foot in the down position!

    All the above should help your tension problems.
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    This is what happens when the upper thread is not going through the tension discs and take up properly. Re Thread your top thread carefully and make sure it is correctly threaded and you should have no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosquitosewgirl View Post
    Also, Lisa, when the thread does this on the bottom of the fabric, if it is a tension issue, is from the upper tension, not the bobbin tension.
    Agree with Heidi's reply. Good luck.


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    when mine does this i have found cleaning the bobbin case is the answer. and while i'm at it, i change the needle, something i rarely do. (oops)
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    this is a common problem caused by no thread in the take up lever. whenever you thread a machine the presser foot must be up and the needle in the highest position, if this is all good, you won't have the problem pictured.

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    I'm with the other quilters on this one. I had mine do that and I rethreaded the machine and I still had problems.
    So I threaded up another bobbin and changed the needle.. worked fine after that.. Hope this helps

    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I would second the rethreading idea. I would also change the needle, and make sure the presser foot is down!
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    Don't hit me but was your presser foot down? Mine has three levels and sometimes I don't hit that last click to get it all the way down. Looks just like this. Otherwise I agree with starting fresh, new thread, new needle, clean bobbin case, etc.

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    The thread on the bottom is from the top. Your thread jumped out of the tensioner. Just rethread and you should be o.k.

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    [QUOTE: Have you tried to re-thread the entire machine, new bobbin, new needle and reset it back to factory tensions? That might help. Have you used this thread successfully before? If not, try one you have used.[/QUOTE]

    I thought that my machine was completely broken, and I did what you said above, and MIRACLE! It works.

    Everything but messing with the tension, which I never touch...

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