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    PICTURE - what is wrong with my sewing!?

    What am I doing wrong guys? As I sew ripstop nylon the thread will jumble up on the bottom side of the nylon (see picture). I don't know how to fix this. I got a new needle and I tried to use thick polyester thread but it always tangles and I have to restart the stitch.

    Is it better to use wider stiches? Maybe I need thinner thread? A sharper nylon specific needle?

    Thanks guys!



    EDIT I added this part after a bunch of you guys posted ideas...

    Ok, so I pulled out the machine in preparation for starting my project tomorrow and asked my wife to make sure everything looked good. The only thing that she fixed was putting the thread behind a tiny metal piece just above the needle. I have never done this and am unsure if this will resolve anything:



    Second, what the heck does this thing do? I push down on the tab and (excuse my extreme niaveness) this metal thingy spins downward to fit around the needle. Maybe there is a tutorial online for how to work this machine, haha.



    Third, here is a picture of the top of my machine. I didn't see anything about tension and I followed the instructions printed on the machine for threading it:

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    Looks like you need to tighten up your tension. But take that with a grain of salt because I'm a pretty lousy thread injectionist.
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    That's on the bottom, correct? Then you need to adjust the tension of the thread coming off the spool.

    It happens on my machine sometimes when I get into the swing of things and I'm going to fast.

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    The tension might be high on the top side because the thread is too thick for the needle. What thread and what size needle are you using?
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    Your upper thread tension is too low. The bottom thread is just laying on the fabric. It should be pulled into the fabric.

    Consult your owner's manual to make sure the machine is threaded correctly and then adjust the upper tension to balance the amount the top and bottom threads are pulled into the fabric.

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    There may be other problems contributing to the loops, like lint in the bobbin area, but try the above info first and we'll work from there if needed.

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    There are several reasons why that can happen

    - top thread threaded incorrectly - check your machine manual to make sure that the machine is threaded correctly and particularly that it is correctly placed through the tension system (round disks usually)

    - bobbin wound incorrectly - wind another bobbin and try again
    - bobbin not inserted correctly or bobbin thread not inserted in it's tension spot

    If and only if you're sure that all the above are okay, play gently with the upper tension but make sure that you mark where it was before you started playing with it because it's probably not the source of your problem. It would be wrong from the very start if it was. Tension does not all of a sudden go awry without some help but threads can skip out of their tension spots.

    Speed should not matter but some machines don't like heavy feet on the switch....

    EDIT: I just took another look at the pics, gmcttr is correct, the upper tension is incorrect. It's showing up in every stitch BUT the snarls and snags are a separate issue.

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    Oops, I'm backwards. Gotta read the OP more carefully. Just now seeing the picture. Listen to gmcttr and the Old Boot.
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    Yep... upper tension is bad. Do NOT play with the bobbin tension. That is NOT the problem. You will only confuse things. The needle and thread size should not matter in this case. Although using a thick thread can induce other problems. You may also have some added problems related to the threading of the machine. Strip out the spool thread, brush out the thread path with a soft brush, clean the bobbin area well and then do a full rethread. If that doesn't fix it, let us know and we'll see what else we can recommend.
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    Fought the same problem recently. Found that in my overconfident relationship with my machine I had slipped the thread behind the tension control instead of between the tension discs. One of those things that make you want to slap yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    Fought the same problem recently. Found that in my overconfident relationship with my machine I had slipped the thread behind the tension control instead of between the tension discs. One of those things that make you want to slap yourself.
    You and every other user with the exposed tension discs. Don't feel bad... even the pros do that kind of thing.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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