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Looks like nesting on the back of my hooped project, any help?

leleggett89 | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

As you can see on the back of my embroidery hoop, it looks like a nested mess. I am in the process of monogramming some rain coats and vests… My technique has been to do a run through stitch of each initial on only cutaway stabilizer to help with placement (because I’m not hooping the items, simply placing them)…

I have a Singer Futura Quartet and a Singer Futura XL 550. As of last week, the Quartet started doing this. I left it alone and moved on to my other machine (which has had very little use at all). Two days ago, the XL 550 did it as well. I took off the needle plate, brushed out the small amount of lint that was present, along with a random short string or two, adjusted my bobbin, and carried on. It behaved like normal for awhile, and is now doing it again. 

Does anyone know what is causing this, and what can be done to fix it? Thank you and happy stitching! 



  1. marymary | | #1

    Lindsey, I don't have either of the Singer machines you are using, but that looks like a tension problem to me.  It could be that the thread is coming out of the tension discs on the upper tension.

    What kind of embroidery thread are you using?

  2. Pattiann42 | | #2

    Bird Nesting

    There is a tension problem and it could be with the threading of the top thread.  Make sure the presser foot is up when you thread the machine.   Then try with hooped fabric that has been basted to the stabilizer.  This can be thread basting if your machine has built in designs that include frames, use the running stitch option.  Or, a sticky back stabilizer.

    When cleaning, raise the needle to its highest postion and also remove the bobbin case and clean this area as well as the entire area below the needle plate.

    Here is more on the subject - http://lindeegembroidery.com/common-causes-of-birdnests/

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