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Bobbin Thread Bunching, Looping and Tangling

Solutions to Solve Bunching Bobbin Thread


One of the most common sewing machine problems to stop creativity is a sewing machine that wants to sew a birds nest of loopy, looping bobbin thread on the bottom side of your sewing. Everyone immediately blames the bobbin for the loopy bobbin thread on the bobbins side of the sewing... but most of the time it has NOTHING to do with the bobbin.

The looping bobbin thread is usually caused by the upper threading of the sewing machine. These pointers should have you sewing again in no time. If bobbin thread is smoothly and evenly wound on the bobbin, the bobbin is not the culprit.

  • Always thread the sewing machine with the presser foot up. As long as the presser foot is up, the thread can seat properly. When the presser foot is down, the tension is engaged and it will not allow the thread to seat properly.
  • Re-thread the sewing machine making sure the thread is passing through every thread guide on its way to the sewing machine needle. Your sewing machine manual is the best guide to how to thread your particular sewing machine.
  • If you're still having, loopy bobbin thread, change the sewing machine needle. Be sure you are using the proper sewing machine needle for the fabric you are sewing and the job at hand. Everything About Sewing Machine Needles

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