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Thread: Help with sewing machine issue please!

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    I'm having a problem with the stitch on my Bernina 1130. It's not forming a tight stitch. The top stitch goes along and looks ok, then it will start to look flat. See photo... the bottom is the loopy side. Any ideas? I've cleaned the machine, used a new needle, new bobbin, same good quality thread on top and bottom. I've thought about oiling the machine, but haven't done it yet. I can't do the 70 mile roundtrip, or the 100.00 repair cost right now and I'm certain it's something simple. I'm sure hoping that someone here can help figure it out so I can get my projects done!

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    Have you tryed changing the tension?

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    Maybe try cleaning your bobbin case again and then rewind your bobbin be sure it is put in correctly. You are right usually it is something very small that is just a little off. Hope this helps

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    Have you checked for lint or thread in the upper tension/thread area? Rethread your machine? I used to work parttime for a sewing shop and the repairman told me if you are having lower problems rethread the top, if you are having upper problems rethread the bottom. Hope this helps.

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    That's definitely a tension problem. I would rethread and check the tension on your bobbin case. It doesn't usually happen, but the bobbin tension can come loose over time and depending on type of thread being used.

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    Two days ago, had a very similar problem. I FINALLY (my last resort) changed the bobbin. Tah Duh - now it sews beautiful again.

    The only thing I could figure out is that somehow the bobbin thread tension wasn't even when I filled the bobbin.

    Good luck.

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    You need to oil the machine and try fixing the bottom thread tension. This will more than likely fix the problem

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    If there is any lint or thread caught between the upper tension discs, that can cause this problem. Try flossing between the discs with *unwaxed* dental floss (with presser foot up).

    If that doesn't work, I would try using a different bobbin.

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    It sounds like your machine is not being oiled properly and probably does need a servicing.

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    clean. then always re-thread the top and remove and re-insert the bobbin. usually does the trick.
    something went wrong last night using Rayon thread. i had a whole long stitch across my quilt with loops on the back. did the above and it worked fine the rest of the time.

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    If you have loops on the bottom, that means the bobbin tension is too tight or the needle tension is too loose.

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    Not to mention a needle with a burr or slightly bent could do this too. Try the cleaning, change the needle, and even change bobbins. Sometimes for some reason the machine decides it doesn't like the brand of thread you are using.
    If all that fails, take her in for a servicing.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I tried the ones I hadn't thought of and finally got brave enough to turn the screw on the bobbin case and it's a lot better now - not perfect, but better enough to keep sewing. I'll get it serviced as soon as I can. The Bernina tension is supposed to be self adjusting and I've had very few tensions issues in the 25+ yrs. I've used the machine. I have other machines, but I prefer the Bernina for quilting. Thanks again - you are all awesome!!

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    I have an 1130.sometimes the top thread doesn't get properly seated in the tension. There two slots ( for double needle sewing) Try threading through the other slot. Happens to me occasionally and switching slots fixes the problem. Never have to have service for this annoyance. Good luck!

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    Try pushing your thread holder tight against the thread ,I had the same problem & thought the whole time it was the bobbin tension,boy was I wrong!Worked on mine.

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    I can't thank you enough! I'm sewing again on my beloved 1130 with a perfect stitch thanks to all your help. You saved me a whole bunch of hassle, time, and money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traumaRN
    That's definitely a tension problem. I would rethread and check the tension on your bobbin case. It doesn't usually happen, but the bobbin tension can come loose over time and depending on type of thread being used.
    especially if you use monofiliment thread

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    Looks like a tension problem. Try turning your
    tension knob just a little at a time and see if
    that helps.

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    probably tension like everyone says, also I have found when my Singer acts up, I always need to change needles. Last time I forgot about that and was thinking I needed a new machine. Anew needle, and it is working great again.

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