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synapticbreakdown
Jul 29, 2004
soap sliver lost forever

I'm hoping that out of all the people here who sew a lot, someone might know the solution to my sewing machine problem (I've searched a lot online (can't find the manual) but couldn't find anything so let me know if this question is out of place and I'll remove it).

It's a Kenmore 385 but I'm not sure how much that matters, but it doesn't serge or anything. I know that the top thread is placed correctly etc (I just sewed my first wear-able dress so I somewhat know my way around the machine). If I'm sewing a straight or zigzag stich on a piece of fabric, after a couple inches I'll hear a "clunk" sound. If I keep going, it happens again, and when I look at the underside of the piece of fabric, there are a lot of bunched up loose loops of thread around where I heard the clunk.

At first I didn't know what was going on, so went through a couple 'clunks' and then it became impossible to sew anymore, and I pulled a lot of thread out of where the bobbin thread comes out. Also, sometimes when this happens, the upper thread snaps, but I don't think it has to do with the tension.

Bleh... thanks for any help!

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