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Thread: Why Does my Sewing Machine Clump the Bobbin Thread?

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    If this happens to me I re-thread the top and bottom.

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    Mine was clunking and leaving a bird's nest also. I took out the bobbin reinserted it, cleaned the bobbin area, rethreaded the machine, cleaned out the top part of the machine. Problem solved. Don't know which part was the one that worked but I find it's always a good idea to do all four.

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    Thank you everyone for the problem solving--I knew this forum would have the answers. Now I need to get out my owner's manual for my machine since I still call certain parts "that thingy" or "gizmo" and correct the problem.

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    Paper princess is correct - it happens on my Husqvarna when the thread jumps out of the upper uptake lever. The machine even sounds slightly different, and I can tell much quicker now. Luckily its easy to cut the birds nest of thread out under the fabric piece and start over.

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    Try re threading your machine. If the problem is below the fabric the solution is above the fabric and vice versa. I have this happen to me from time to time and then I just rethread it and then take any pieces of thread out from under the throat plate and that normally fixes things.
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    You may want to check and see if you have a bent needle. Sometimes that will happen the first clump and then hit the wrong place and so it will continue to happen. If that and the above methods don't work, you may need to have the machine serviced. Good Luck.

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    i have both a Topaz 20 and a Singer heavy duty and it happens on both. It usually is the thread coming out of the uptake lever on the front. Sometimes it doesn't come out but wraps around another time and becomes tighter.

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    I have a Futura which has a plastic bobbin. When the needle goes down in the wrong place. ( whether I am pulling on the sewing or the machine is racing faster than my hoop.) It nicks the edge of the bobbin . Then when the thread is pulled around the bobbin the thread catches on the nick and pulls it back. Then the next stitch catches both threads and so on till you have what is called a "bird's nest." the problem always gets worse unless you can sand the rough spot off or you get a new bobbin. Oh what I would give for a complete metal bobbin. Hope this helps.

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    This recently happened to me as well and the thread had caught on the top of the machine. I thought I was going along great until the dreaded "thumping" noise.

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    One thing I always do when having a problem is retread my machine , and also make sure bobbin is inserted correctly

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    Mine does this when my bobbin gets low but also when I get too many fuzz bunnies in the bobbin area.

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    I have never used them but I've seen them advertised - the Bobbin Genie. Maybe someone else on the board can tell you whether they would work.

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    I have found that pulling up my bobbin thread at the beginning of the stitching and hold the bobbing thread and upper thread together keeps that from happening most of the time. I used to think it was an "old wives tale". But, I started doing it and it works for me.

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    Remember when there is a problem with the underside of your stitches it is usually the upper thread and not the bobbin PaperPrincess is most likely right in what she said. Check all threading and make sure nothing has changed.
    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Are you sure it's a bobbin problem and not that the thread has come out of the uptake lever?? That's what it usually is with my machine. There's a glop of thread on the underside of the fabric, and the thread has jumped out of the lever.

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    When this happened on my Brother machine, it was a threading problem on the top.
    This just recently happened with my Elna and it was my bobbin case... which was a surprise to me. I ended up taking it all apart and found that the bobbin case had turned just slightly so it wasn't seating properly. I don't know how it happened, or why, but I got it seated correctly and it's been working fine since.

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    First thing I learned....don't touch the tension until you've tried everything else. I first check to see if I need my machine cleaned. At one time I thought that little felt pad on the feed dogs was supposed to be there. Much to my surprise, it was years of built up fluff. What a change that made. Rethread the machine, top and bobbin. New needle. Those seem to be what "fixes" my machine.
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    This just happened to me 2 weeks ago. I always keep the machine clean so I knew that wasn't it. I pulled all the thread out rethreaded top and put in a new bobbin, machine ran like new and saved me about a hundred dollar repair bill, just doing those few steps.............

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    Not sure if it is the same problem, but my Singer 9960 ..I iwll be FMQ'ing and it look perfect on top, no noise, just sounding totaly normal and then when I check the back just to check for quality stitching...I see the pattern I stitched is TOTALLY "bird nesting" the entire length I sewed! I can't understand how the top is perfect stitching, but all that thread on the bottom..where'd it come from and why so much ont he bottom and not the top? It is one of those "oh well" things...but to fix it... I found out it was my TOP thread causing the bird nesting. I simply unthread and re-thread the upper thread. Might take 2 times, so it must be something inside the thread track that doesn't click or get hooked or something, but..it solves the problem...I start sewing and t he bottom stitching is good as the top! I also found that if I have cotton in the top and poly thread in the bottom (or visa versa) it will do nearly the same problem stitching...so I always make sure I have same thread top and bottom and that problem solved. I guess the poly is slippery on the cotton so they don't join well. GOod luck, share your solution!

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    This should fix the problem: Good luck. Hope it works for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by pseudoquilter View Post
    I can be sewing along and then hear this "clunking" noise to find a large clump of thread is left on the underside of my fabric from the bobbin. What can be causing this, I have re-inserted the bobbin many times.
    Rethread your machine. Install a new needle. Remove the sole plate. Remove the bobbin. Clean out debris and then oil the bobbin race. This should solve your problem.

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    I had that a lot was ready to smash the machine one night and quit sewing all together--- my problem was the bobbin it was not going on the spool right would have to fill the bobbin then re rewind it onto another for it to work did this for a few weeks then it was back to normal ( I think the machine was saying give me a rest lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by badaisie View Post
    My diamond was doing this also. It was so frustrating and expensive when I embroidery. Everyone gave good answers. It may be the thread is coming off the spool too loose. I put the felt pad under my spool and the plastic top on it to keep it from spinning. If you are using large cones, put it on a stand behing the machine so it has more space to straighten out the loops as it comes off the spool Good Luck
    When my Viking Sapphire is having problems with the thread coming off the take up lever; I thread that part the other way from normal and that seems to fix it. Also using a thread net on your spool of thread helps the top thread not to get tangled. I used to work for Viking and learned lots of little tricks to make the machines behave better.
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    I have had this problem and it usually clears up if I rethread the machine and reinsert the bobbin. I've also had the problem when the bobbin wasn' t wound right. So I reinserted a newly threaded bobbin and it was fine after that.
    It is frustrating and the sounds makes you think you are breaking something in your machine.
    Good luckto you!
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    While reading through these entries, I see one thing that I have just recently learned (and I have been sewing for well over 60 years); when you put your thread/spool onto your machine, be sure the thread is feeding off the back (reverse side) of the spool. I forgot if it was a repair person, or a very smart teacher, told me this, but it is my personal policy now to make sure I place the spool on the spindle with the thread feeding from the back. That way it will feed more evenly, and will fill your bobbin more evenly......JMHO
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    After you check the tension & bobbin try thread it from the beginning

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljfox View Post
    Cybermom2, I think it is a Michigan problem because my machine just started doing this about a week ago!
    I pray it is just a Michigan thing....because my kenmore was doing the same thing...tore it apart and cleaned oiled, but it was still doing the clumking thing. Took it in for a "general" cleaning...timing was off and needed to be fixed BUT it was the gears on the underside.....$165...and 2 weeks with NO machine. Back to hand peicing the 3 baby quilts due in June...jeesh...just when I thought I was getting ahead...lol

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