Quick Tip: Avoid Thread Bird Nesting with these 4 Tips

August 9, 2016By Kimberli MacKayTips & Tricks 13 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

We’ve all had those frustrating moments dealing with tangled threads either underneath or on top of our fabric. This video will provide you with four simple tips to help avoid thread bird nesting. From checking your bobbin to making sure your machine is cleaned properly, these four fixes may save you from the painful process of taking stitches out!

Avoid Thread Bird Nesting, Four Tips

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  • This was a very helpful video to watch. Thank you. How does one go about cleaning the upper thread path? On my previous machine I could take the cover off and clean out if the upper thread for some reason has been stuck (most often due to a knot which even the best quality thread has from time to time) but on my Brother machine that doesn’t seem to be possible or is it?
    Keep the tips and tricks coming

  • My Brother Dealer (a real helpful guy) held a class on “how to clean your machine”, after my husband bought me my Quattro 2 in 2012. He stressed how important it was to keep the bobbin area clean and I’ve always done that after he showed us several cleaning tips. Now when I take my machine in for it’s “yearly checkup”, it’s not a big project. I even bought a small vacuum for cleaning out all my machines, since he “advised” us to NEVER use canned air.
    Love the tips, thank you for posting them.

  • You can try running floss from the top and pull through to the bottom and see if that clears the upper tensions. Don’t pull the floss up just pull down and through.

    I tell new sewing students to get in the habit of taking projects out to the back of the machine. It helps keep bobbin tension which is in front of the machine.

  • I get a small birds nest under my fabric each time I start sewing. I have cleaned my bobbin area several times. What can I do to correct the problem?

    • Hi Betty,

      Thank you for visiting us here at Stitching Sewcial and leaving your query! Please do reach out to our amazing US based Customer Service team via phone at 1-877-BROTHER (877-276-8437), M-F, 9:00am to 6:00pm Eastern Time, or click here and fill in your Model info. Then on the next page select Email and send them an email. They are eager to help our consumers get the most out of their machines.
      Thank you again for stopping by and do come again!

  • I spoke with customer service earlier today and she was most helpful. However, the birdnesting has started back and I do not know what to do to fix it. I tried everything we did this morning as well as the tips from YouTube videos. I do not know what else to do.
    ..this is very frustrating! Please help.

    • Hi Kristy,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      As for your question, I’ll do my best to respond without knowing what Customer Service has already told you.

      I would first suggest to change to a fresh needle. It sounds strange, but if the tip is dull, then as the needle has to “push” its way through the fabric because of the dull end, it will cause extra thread to be caught where the stitching starts.

      Second, when viewing the video, they didn’t take the needle plate off when they were checking for “ fuzzies” –I would suggest taking the needle plate off and doing a cleaning. WHILE the needle plate is off, I would take the hand wheel and turn it clockwise and be cleaning and watching for any stray threads caught below while the mechanisms are turning through their cycle.

      Third, does this happen on all fabrics or just this particular type? If it is for this particular project, try holding the thread tail as you take just the first stitch. This would be just for this project.

      Lastly, what kind of thread are you using? Is a spool cap being used and does this happen when other types of thread or pool types are used? That might help figure out where the issue is coming from.

      Hope this helps!

      The Brother Sews Team

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