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Bobbin Thread is Bunching Up

Adjusting the tension on your sewing machine can usually fix the problem of bunched bobbin thread. This is a guide about bobbin thread is bunching up.


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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


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. That should solve the problem.

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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?


By TAJDunk


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, 20090 found this helpful

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



Bobbin Problems

It sounds like the thread is not being fed properly through all the hooks. Did you check your manual? There should be a hook or something that puts tension on the thread while it's coming off the spool and going onto the bobbin. By the way, you could always put the loose thread on the spool pin and put it, correctly, onto another bobbin. Good luck.(11/17/2006)


By Eileen Santos

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