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Bobbin Thread is Bunching Up

March 20, 2020

I've just picked up sewing and I've hit a snag. I don't know why all these threads are coming up from under the bobbin area! I think the top thread is getting stuck in the bobbin casing somehow and none of the stitches are sticking. It's all coming undone. Please help!
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March 22, 20200 found this helpful
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When this happens it normally has to do with the way the bottom is threaded or the way the bobbin is put in the canister. You need to put this in one way only and there is an area that the thread feeds through to the top of the caniser. If it is not feeding in right or the canister is not in right this will happen.

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March 22, 20200 found this helpful
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That snarl of thread is usually caused by one of three things:
1- bobbin isn't placed in machine correctly
2- thread tension needs adjusting
3- bobbin area needs cleaning of all bits of thread and lint.

Double check all three and you'll most likely fix your problem. Check your owner's manual or find one on-line through a google search for you brand and model. Good luck and report back here.

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October 7, 2013

The bobbin thread is catching and bunching up under the fabric. I can sew a few stitches (3-4) then my thread catches. When I pull the fabric up (quite forcibly) there is a ball of tangled thread underneath. What am I doing wrong?

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By TAJDunk

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March 1, 20170 found this helpful
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As per previous answers the problem is caused by the setting on your machine. Tension wheel needs lowering in number.

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September 1, 2009

Why is my bobbin thread bunching up? I have a 1934 Singer Featherweight. It has been a very reliable machine, but the bobbin thread keeps bunching up on the back of my piece that I am sewing.

By Pamela Kitchen from Greenville, SC

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September 4, 20090 found this helpful
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Put the feed dog down as if you are going to start to sew. Then catch up the ends of the bobbin and top threads and hold them firmly to the left of the presser foot for the first few stitches.

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That should solve the problem.

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October 28, 2018

I have owned a Kenmore sewing machine model 158.13510 since the mid 1970s. I used it a month ago with no problems. Today I tried sewing a straight seam and the thread keeps bunching up on the bottom. Any solutions? I called a Sears repair center and was told they don't repair sewing machines any longer.

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October 28, 20180 found this helpful

I have a 1960s Kenmore and when mine does this it is either old thread, the bobbin being in backwards, the winder did a wonky job, or a huge dust build up in the bobbin case.

If your thread is good, and the bobbin in right, unwind a bit of the thread and try again. If it is still an issue, use a clean brush, not canned air, and clean out the bobbin case.

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I am sad they aren't fixing machines. Hopefully my baby machine will stay healthy! Post back what you learn!

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October 28, 20180 found this helpful

The tension on the bottom is wrong. You may have inadvertently moved the bobbin screw. Refer to your manual as to how to adjust the tension.

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October 11, 2018

I'm in desperate need of help. My sewing machine just keeps pulling thread into a nest inside the bobbin case. It's like the thread is not being pulled through before the needle comes back down. I have put in new needle, checked tension both of bobbin and top thread, cleaned and oiled it and yet it is still doing this. Any suggestions?

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October 11, 20180 found this helpful

You don't mention what machine you have...but I know my old Kennmore does this when one of 3 things have happened...

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1. I have the bobbin in backwards
2. The screw for the bobbin case is too loose and too much thread is being pulled at once
3. I am using cheap thread and it just doesn't move smoothly through the machine and causes a mess

You can always try to call the machine manufacturer's toll free number and see if they can offer guidance...they are the experts on their machines.

Let me know what you find.

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October 11, 20180 found this helpful

My guess is that the bobbin is in backwards. Check your user manual. The next step is to get fresh thread.

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Why does my bobbin keeps filling up all raggedy? I keep having to waste thread.

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