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    The thread bunches up on the underside of whatever I try to sew. I think it's called making a bird's nest. I've tried using different fabrics and threads, reading the manual and watching the video and re-threading repeatedly and adjusting the tension. Nothing helped. Any suggestions on how I might fix this?

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    Is your presser foot all of the way down? Mine has two places it could be. If it's not in the all of the way down position, I get the bird's nest.

    Also, have you tried changing out the bobbin? Usually when my bobbin isn't wound very tightly I get a bird's nest (or make sure your bobbin is in correctly)

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    Thanks for your suggestions! I'll try those.
    Last edited by LilyLady; 03-16-2012 at 02:29 AM. Reason: grammar

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilyLady View Post
    The thread bunches up on the underside of whatever I try to sew. I think it's called making a bird's nest. I've tried using different fabrics and threads, reading the manual and watching the video and re-threading repeatedly and adjusting the tension. Nothing helped. Any suggestions on how I might fix this?
    Are you sure to hold both threads while starting to sew???

    If I even let ONE thread go and not hold them while starting to sew I will get this............

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    Did you change your needle? Did you try a new bobbin? An incorrectly wound bobbin will do this every time as will a dull or inappropriate needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilyLady View Post
    The thread bunches up on the underside of whatever I try to sew. I think it's called making a bird's nest. I've tried using different fabrics and threads, reading the manual and watching the video and re-threading repeatedly and adjusting the tension. Nothing helped. Any suggestions on how I might fix this?
    You didn't mention what sort of machine you have...........

    the electronic ones can sometimes be VERY PICKY if you don't have the same type of thread on the bobbin as thread on the machine.........anyway mine can. It is TOTALLY UNPREDICTABLE on when it will happen.............and on some days it won't let me use ANY Coats and Clark thread at all........for whatever reason. I keep fighting it as I have C & C thread galore and REFUSE to dump it.

    Don't know what would happen if I wanted to sew with invisible thread.........haven't tried it yet. It can just be horribly picky.....

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    I have a non-digital Singer. I've tried changing the needle and holding both threads. I have made progress. It will now zigzag but still refuses to sew a straight stitch. I think it's just stubborn.

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    Forgot to mention.............

    check the bobbin area for any tiny little piece of thread........maybe just give it a good cleaning...........ESPECIALLY is you have been sewing on much flannel or fleece.

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    What type of bobbin casing does it have? Do you drop it in or put it in a holder, then insert it in the side? My dd has a Singer with the bobbin you have to put in the holder. You have to thread the bobbin thread through the holder, which has a tension plate on it. If you don't pull the thread through just right and make sure the tension catches, it will make a bird's nest every time. It's very, very finicky.

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    Does your bobbin set flat in the machin or upright in a case..

    Also make sure the needle is seated at the top against the pin and in the right direction..some of the old singers is picky about the brand of needle too..

    Also make sure your feeddogs are working..
    Last edited by Brat; 04-01-2012 at 08:51 AM. Reason: left out something.

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    The bobbin sets upright in the case. I will recheck feeddogs & change the needle and make sure it's clean. Thanks!

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    Since your bobbin sets upright the thread from the bottom must feed from the right side of the bobbine into the guides and some times if I put my bobbin in the case backward it will do this.

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