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LaurenLuvSkirts
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Date: 3/16/13 10:48 PM

The lower threading on my Brother sewing machine is looping. I think it has something to do with the bobbin. Is the tension bad? What should I fix? My sewing is looking sloppy because I'm baffled over this.

Thanks for help...

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Date: 3/16/13 11:30 PM

Look closely at the stitches. Is it the top thread being pulled underneath creating loops? If so, then you need to retread your top thread with the preser foot in the up position, ensuring the thread is properly seated in the tension disc.

If it is your bobbin thread that is actually loopy then you need to clean your bobbin area and rethread, ensuring the bobbin is correctly placed.

Either way it's a tension problem. Either your top or bottom thread is not properly set in the tension discs. HTH

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Date: 3/16/13 11:48 PM

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The lower threading on my Brother sewing machine is looping. I think it has something to do with the bobbin. Is the tension bad? What should I fix? My sewing is looking sloppy because I'm baffled over this.



Thanks for help...

Loops on top; the bobbin thread is not feeding correctly from the bobbin spool and through the guide on the side of the bobbin case and therefore there isn't any tension on the bobbin thread.

Loops on bottom; the presser foot was not up when the machine was threaded and therefore there isn't any tension on the top thread.

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Date: 3/17/13 0:47 AM

Thanks for the replies. The presser foot was up and there is still looping. How should I go about cleaning the bobbin case? I would not think of using liquid...a cloth perhaps?

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Date: 3/17/13 0:57 AM

Loops on the bottom usually relate to the top thread not the bottom, so I'd be checking the top thread first.

Have you re-threaded your top thread from scratch paying careful attention to the tension discs. Get out your manual and double check you are threading correctly too. Often we re-thread and make the same mistake twice.

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Date: 3/17/13 7:08 AM

Do you have a manual? It should cover cleaning. I agree that the symptoms are related to the top thread but it is always good to clean and oil if required.
Take a Qtip and/or brush. Remove the throat plate, remove the bobbin and case and brush away or wipe away the dust. Look for threads that poke between metal parts and use tweezers to remove them. If your manual calls for a drop of oil do that. Turn your fly wheel and get parts moving, then replace. Check that your bobbin is wound evenly and put back and threaded correctly in the channel.
For the top thread- remove. Always cut the thread near the spool. Then grab just before where it enters the needle and pull it out. Turn your fly wheel so the take up level is at highest position and look to see if any threads poke out. Remove with tweezers or the corner of paper or index card. If your manual calls for oiling this area, remove screws, cover and do that. Turn flywheel again and work all moving parts.

Now rethread the top thread, making sure the spool is correctly on the thread holder and that presser foot is up during threading.
Check the tension setting to make sure it wasn't bumped or moved from its normal setting. Go through each thread path until you reach the needle. Many machines require that you lower the presser foot and then thread the needle.

Try again. If still loopy then make small changes to the upper thread tension setting.

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Date: 3/17/13 9:29 AM

Clean as above, I also find a stitch ripper handy for poking out fluff and stuff. And just a thought,
Is your bobbin in the correct way?
Rethreading everything is a good option too.

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Date: 3/17/13 9:41 AM

Along with the other suggestions, you may need a new needle or the right size/kind of needle.

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Date: 3/17/13 9:48 AM

I was thinking that too! Has your sewing been OK with past projects? Sometimes you need to adjust top thread tension when you change thread size or type, when you change to a different fzbric thickness or add layers together.
And sometimes you need to adjust it with different types of needles. It is logical- if you use a needle with a larger eye for thicker thread to sew through layered fabric then the tension may need to be looser than if you sew with thinner thread, a smaller needle eye and on sheer fabric.

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Date: 3/17/13 12:33 PM

Most of the time my projects are fine, but on a skirt I made, one of my first things that I made, it was looping. My teacher called tech support and they said to clean the bobbin case, and rethread the machine, and that was exactly what I needed to do, apparently, because right away it worked great!

I've been sewing on a sort of heavy type of fabric that I'm using to make a tote bag. I'm not quite sure what fabric it is (I bought it a long time ago) but it's heavy-ish and somewhat soft. Anyway, it's not super thick and has been very cooperative, despite the looping. Do you think maybe it's the needle?

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