Fabric Bunching on the Machine

Fabric Bunching on the Machine

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    the_professors_assistant
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    Let’s see if I can explain my issue.  Lately, the things I’ve sewn on my machine “bunch” up.  Every once in awhile I have to stop the machine, lift up the foot and pull the fabric straight.  Does that make sense?  I’ve tried different settings on the machine and nothing helps.  I read something on the internet about how that happens with thin fabrics and to put a piece of paper underneath the fabric while sewing.  That worked, but of course I can’t use paper under an entire project…that’s stupid and then you have to spend tons of time pulling out the paper!  Also, when I first started using the machine it was quiet, but lately it’s started making a bang, bang, bang, noise everytime the needle goes down to the bobbin.  Not sure if I should just ignore it or if that’s a problem.

    #9884
    the_professors_assistant
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    If I was to make a guess, I would say that both problems are related.  Your fabric is bunching because your thread tension is too tight.  This may be caused by the your thread tension dial being at the wrong setting, your threading improperly, your bobbin thread is wound sloppy, or maybe the  bobbin is not being placed in the machine properly.  If you’ve checked all these things and there’s still an issue, I would recommend getting your machine looked at by a professional.  Because of the strange noises you’re hearing, it could be there’s something wrong inside the machine, so the thread doesn’t run evenly through the machine and the fabric will bunch if there’s something pulling the thread or causing it to get stuck.    Good luck and I hope your machine gets well soon because there’s sewing that needs to be done.

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