sewing piece keeps bird nesting on bottom of cloth?

I've tested the tension, but I continue to get a bird nesting look on the bottom of the cloth. Top is fine.

Any other ideas why?

10 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Dollars to donut holes, you've got a bad needle, a misthreaded machine, a dir$

    machine, or you're not starting your seams correctly.

    I did a series of photos of what happens with some common misthreadings of a

    sewing machine. They're in pairs; the first pair is from a correctly threaded

    machine, the rest are from the same machine that I deliberately misthreaded.

    See if you find a match here -- red thread is in the bobbin, blue thread on


    As far as cures:

    The 10 minute fix for most of what ails most sewing machines:

    -- Dig out the manual. Take all the thread out of/off of the

    machine. Pull the needleplate and the bobbin case if it's

    removeable. Clean and oil per the manual's recommendation. Use a

    brush and vacuum, not compressed air (which blows lint in

    farther), and real sewing machine oil, not 3-in-1 type oil (it

    hardens and freezes the machine) nor WD-40 type stuff (it's a

    solvent, not a lubricant).

    -- Put in a new needle of the correct point style for the fabric

    you're sewing (ballpoint for knits, sharps for wovens) and the

    right size for the thickness of fabric (10/70 for shirting weight

    fabrics, 12/80 for heavy shirtings or light pantsweight. 14/90

    for medium to heavy pantsweight, 16/100 for very heavy fabrics.

    Make sure the needle is in right way around -- a needle in

    backwards will skip stitches or not stitch at all.

    -- Take a good look at the bobbin. If it's lumpy or you spot

    loops, strip off the thread and rewind. Bobbins should be

    smoothly and evenly wound. Wind at a slow, steady speed -- it

    helps with tension issues if the thread isn't stretching as it's

    being wound.

    -- Rethread, with manual in hand. Make sure the presser foot is

    UP when you thread the top -- it opens the top tension so that

    the thread actually gets in between the tension disk (loops on

    the bottom, not enough tension on top).

    -- Fetch up the bobbin thread. You need about a 4" tail of thread

    top and bottom. Run both threads under the presser foot and

    behind it.

    -- If you've been playing with the top tension, set it to 4. If

    you've been playing with the bobbin tension, let me know and

    we'll try to rebalance it, but you're likely to have to take it

    into the shop.

    Now, each and every time you start to sew a seam, this is how you

    do it:

    1) Place the fabric under the needle, and use the handwheel to

    lower the needle into the fabric (be sure to turn it the right

    way... seee the manual).

    2) Drop the presser foot.

    3) Hold the thread tails behind the presser foot with your left


    4) Take a couple of stitches

    5) Drop the thread tails and sew normally.

    If this doesn't fix your problems, you may have some thread

    caught farther in the machine than you can spot... doesn't take

    much for some machines to start pitching a fit. Or you may have

    accidentally knocked the machine out of time with one of the

    jams. Bad timing is actually a fairly rare event, often preceded

    by broken needles and loud noises, but a good solid jam is

    another way to throw off the timing. You can check here to see if

    you think timing is the problem:

    < Machine Hook

    Timing.htm> or but that's generally something that a

    repair shop needs to adjust.

    Really good habit to cultivate: whenever you sit down at the

    machine for the first time that day, take two minutes and give it

    a basic cleaning. You'll save $$$ on repair bills and extend the

    life of the machine.

    Source(s): 50 years of sewing
  • 1 decade ago

    Open the needle plate and remove the bobbin and bobbin case. Clean away any accumulated lint and thread from the jam.

    Re-thread the machine with the presser foot up. You may have threaded with the presser foot down and this closes the tension control and the thread cannot enter as it should when threading.

    Make sure the bobbin thread is feeding from the bobbin spool in the correct direction and through the proper guides.

    Use a new needle that is the correct size for the fabric you are sewing.

  • Susan
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Problems that show up on the bottom originate on the top. It may not sound logical but it's true. Take all the thread out of the machine. Wind a new bobbin. Insert a new needle making sure it's all the way up and that the flat side is to the back. Referring to the owner's manual, thread the machine with the presser foot up. Then insert the newly wound bobbin making sure that it's aimed the correct way. Refer to the owner's manual again to be sure you get this right.

    Source(s): 50+ years sewing, retired Bernina educator, certified Bernina mechanic
  • Chirp
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Try pulling the loose thread ends under and behind the presser foot before starting to sew and holding on to the thread ends (especially the top thread) for the 1st 3 or 4 stitches - if the ends are left loose, they often get pulled down into the bobbin area and bunched up on the bottom side of the seam.

    Good luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    More than likely you have not put your bobbin in correctly. Sometimes the simplest solution is the key. Completely unthread your machine and remove the bobbin. Make sure that the thread is tightly wound on the bobbin spool. Put the bobbin back in making sure it is puled correctly through the tension slit. Rethread the top and just see if that helps.

    Also, check under throat plate for large collections of lint. This will cause similar problem. Use the brush in your accessories to brush out bobbin casing as sometimes lint will collect in there also. And one last thing if none of that works -- sometimes a small piece of thread can get caught either under the throat plate or in the slit where you pull the bobbin thread for tension. Run a piece of waxed dental floss back and forth in the slit to dislodge any pieces.

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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Try these out:

    * Correctly thread bobbin case.

    * Check to see that bobbin has been wound evenly.

    * Clean bobbin case and shuttle.

    * Correct thread tension.

    * Replace needle.

    * Replace needle with correct size.

    * Use proper thread or needle.

    * Check threading order.

    * Increase pressure on presser foot.

    * Reset needle.

    * Fully pull thread into thread sensor guide.

    * Replace the bobbin cap with correct size.

    Hope this helps

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's likely your bobbin... check to be sure it's wound properly (tight and full) and that it's feeding in the correct direction - and then check to be certain that the top of your machine is threaded correctly -

    If it's not one of those options, then check your needle - be sure it's the right needle for the type of fabric you're using.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    nope..I guess they won't be back to the same nest:(....birds are more sensitive when it comes to their nest,eggs...they won't accept them once you disturbed them....btw don't allow birds to build nests inside your house...its not good as per Sastra

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