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Are you talking about the top tension or bottom tension?

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Stiches are loose how to adjust the tension


Loose upper thread requires the top tension to be increased (higher number).

When threading the top thread, be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot while threading so the thread will seat properly in the tension disk.

If the bobbin thread is loose, then the bobbin tension needs to be tightened.

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I do a lot of hemming on my machine, the underneath stitch is real real loose, I tried adjusting stuff, still is so loose I have to cut it and begin again, thanks


Is your top thread not pulling the bobbin thread up? This would be top tension too loose. FYI--be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the upper thread so it will seat properly in the tension disks.

If the bobbin thread is loose, then the bobbin tension may need to be tightened.

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Bernina activa 130 tension loose after needle breaking into bobbin area


Is it the bobbin tension that is very loose? Try tightening it. Also check that the bobbin has been installed in the bobbin case, turning the correct direction and that the bobbin tension is threaded properly.

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If it is the upper tension that is loose and creating "thread nests" under the fabric, the machine is either misthreaded or possibly the thread is not seated completely in the tension disk.

Remove the upper thread from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread the upper thread from the beginning--verify the thread path is correct.
Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number (the factory standard--although it may need tweaking later for your particular machine).

Retest your machine. Hopefully, the issue has been resolved. If not, it may need service.

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Straight stitch. Top is fine loose on bottomadjusting top tension does not help how to adjust bottom tension?


Usually, if there are loose threads under the fabric, it is the top thread that is too loose. Check your sewing sample closely--you can even test with two different color threads to help distinguish which thread is which. Loose top thread will generally be pulled DOWN and show under the fabric. Loose bobbin thread will be pulled UP and show on the top of the fabric. The ideal tension is when both threads MEET in the middle of the fabric.

First, remove the thread from the machine. Install a brand new needle. Always Raise the Presser Foot and thread the upper thread, making certain the thread path is correct.

Check that the bobbin thread is threaded correctly and turning the proper direction in the bobbin case.

Set the upper tension to the midway point and sew a retest. A tweaking of upper tension may be necessary to get it where it should be. Generally, upper tension should make the majority of adjustments needed for tension correction. Bobbin tension is one of the last tension adjustments to make as it is very sensitive and can go awry very quickly.

If, in fact, the bobbin tension is off, the tension skrew on the bobbin case is where the adjustment is made. Before making any bobbin tension adjustments, mark where the skrew slot is located on the bobbin case with a permanent marker. This will allow you to reverse your changes if necessary. Be CAREFUL as TINY changes make HUGE differences in tension. Make only 1/8th turn adjustment, then retest before making another adjustment.

Remember that tension testing and readjustment are a necessity when sewing. The same tension that will work with light weight thread and fine fabric will most likely not work when using heavy thread on drapery fabric. Get comfortable with making tension adjustments to get the ideal tension for each project.

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Sound like your top thread tension is loose try increase the tension.

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Loose on bottom is usually caused by too loose tension on top thread, check top tension and thread is in the tension device.

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Sewing line is very loose on the under part, top is ok.... Just started. Is it a tension problem. I cleaned the machine, reajusted the tension, still very loose underneath.


Check the threading and tension on the TOP thread through the needle. When you pull on the thread is there tension? Try increasing the tension as it is the top thread that you see effected on the bottom side of the seam. The best way to do this is to unthread the top side completely and rethread it again to make sure you have it threaded correctly, then check that top tension as I said above.

You can also check that the bobbin tension isn't too tight but it is most likely the top tension is too loose when it looks that way.

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The stitch is out of adjustment.top stitch is too loose


Check the upper tension unit for loose threads or fluff. This causes the discs not to completely close when the presser foot is lowered.

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You need to get the tensions set correctly, sounds like either you have not gone through the tension discs or the top tension is too loose.

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Boobin tension is to loose


that means your top tension is incorrect, be sure to make sure your machine is threaded correctly and that your tension assembly is working correctly,,,,,,easy fix!

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