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« on: November 19, 2012 08:22:50 AM »

My friend has a brother sewing machine. 12 months old, and has had regular use over the last 6 months.

Her machine has a top loading bobbin, of which I have no knowledge (I have a front loading bobbin). She is having problems, and we think there maybe a bobbin tension problem. Mine is easy to solve, and all the information we have found is for front loading bobbins.

Are top loading bobbins automatic regarding tension? We can't find any information and the manual is no use at all. She has tried calling the helpline, but keeps ending up in queues.
She is taking it to be looked at, but we could do with some information before the bloke has a look later in the week.

Any advice would be great.
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012 09:14:44 AM »

since your friend has been using the machine for a while, this probably isn't likely, but I always get confused about which way the bobbin turns in top loaders.  Clockwise?  Widdershins? 

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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2012 10:45:27 AM »

I have no idea, that's why I asked on here.

I had my machine serviced last year when the timing was off. He is going to have look at hers and hopefully sort out the problem, as it is driving her mental at the moment.

She is having 2 problems.
First she is getting a banging noise, similar to when you are forcing it to stitch too many layers at the same time. This noise stops when sewing very fast, wish cannot be done all the time.

The other is that she ends up with loads of loops on the bottom.

She also has a problem with her needle tension. It has to be on 0 to get it to sew anything. She is going to clean her tension disks to see if there is any improvement.
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2012 11:55:16 AM »

Thanks to everyone who has read this.

The problem was due to a bobbin that was slightly different to the supplied one. Now she has the right sized bobbin, everything is fine. She still needs to clean the tension disks, but she is very happy that she has solved the main problem.
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2012 04:14:42 AM »

and don't forget, if in doubt, remove the foot plate and clean out all the gumpf that collects under it.
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