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Hmmm.... Interesting idea, but I'm not sure that is applicable in my case. Instead of forming proper stitches, the bobbin thread is taut across the back of the fabric and you can see where the spool thread is looped over it (NB spool thread appears to be at the correct tension). That is indicative of too tight a bobbin tension. Incidentally, when I examined the stitches in more depth, the initial ones were OK, so the bobbin must have tightened as it went.

Ooh!! I know the answer to that one!! YOur thread tension on the spool thread is too loose. I've gone through many times, and either resetting the spool thread or tightening the thread tension usually works (except on my machine that died).
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