I changed the bobbin and thread on my brother machine and it seems to be sewing in reverse ?  Also the thread is bunching up under the material im sewing help please

Hi Lisa,

What a strange predicament! Sewing machines can be really finicky sometimes. Luckily, the solution is usually quite simple for most machine issues. My first and foremost advice would be to consult your manual because each machine is different, and there's only so much advice I can give without knowing your machine.

That being said, I suggest that you should start by removing the bobbin and thread, and check inside the bobbin case for any loose bits of thread that might be laying around. If you removed the bobbin's casing (shuttle hook, etc), then check to make sure everything has been properly reassembled. If everything looks clean then you can rethread your machine.

Secondly, it sounds like one of your dials or knobs may have been bumped. Check that the reverse stitch function hasn't gotten stuck in the wrong position. Check that the tension dial for the upper thread is set at a reasonable level.

Some machines will disengage your needle and feed dogs when you wind your bobbin, so check that your bobbin winder has been switched back to the off setting. And while we're on the topic, check that your feed dogs are engaged (they get switched off for button sewing and other stationary tacking projects).

Best of luck!



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I can answer many questions related to craft sewing, fashion design, pattern drafting, clothing alterations, clothing repair, and simple home decor sewing projects. I can not answer question about machine repair/maintenance, quilting, knitting, embroidery or needlepoint.


I have been designing and sewing clothing and accessories professionally since 2003. I have two years of experience teaching basic machine sewing classes for adults. I have experience altering clothing and drafting sewing patterns for women's wear. Currently I own a retail shop with a sewing studio, where I design and produce my line of women's wear, and also offer custom sewing to clients.

Although I'm mostly self taught, I have taken some advanced online pattern drafting and clothing alterations classes. Of course, nothing beats actual hands on work, and I have over ten years of experience in professional sewing and fashion design.

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