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TENSION ADJUSTMENT ON SINGER 9836C

I need to adjust the tension on my singer 9836c machine as bobbin stitches looping under fabric

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Try adjusting the top thread tension to one number higher at a time until the stitches start looking right

also check with singer customer service for a instruction manual

Posted on Feb 24, 2012

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SOURCE: when making a straight stitch or Zigzag stitch,

Your top tensioner is too loose.make sure the thread runs through all the relevant eyes and then tighten the top tension little by little as you do a sample few stitches.

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Have you checked the top thread is correctly placed in the spring of the bobbin case?

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4 is the "middle of the road" tension number, but it depends on the thickness of your fabric.

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SOURCE: how do you thread a singer 9836c machine

I have this machine and the manual but it will be difficult to explain without the diagram. Here are the instructions without the diagram ... I'm assuming that you know some parts of the machine i.e. the foot etc

NB. thread the bobbin FIRST - points number 8 onwards....

1. Raise take-up lever to highest position on machine by turning the hand wheel towards you and make sure the presser foot is raised.
2. Place spool of thread on the spool pin at the back making sure spool cap is firmly in place to keep it on.
3. Take thread and place through the thread guide (plastic bit same side as spool pin) a under and over action. Across from this guide is a small metal wheel on top of another loop pin on the top at the front of the machine. Take the thread and put through the loop pin. 9Thread should come out on top of the pin towards you).
4. On the front of the arm is a tension wheel numbered between 0 - 8. The thread should then be placed down the front of the arm, underneath the tension wheel (behind the body part of the arm not under the wheel) and lifted up to catch the tension spring unseen behind the wheel. It should then be threaded through the eye of the metal piece (that moves as the needle goes up and down).
5. The thread should then be passed down the gap in the body work and down through the middle of the metal spiral loop in the front near the needle.
6. The thread should continue down through the horizontal clip just above the needle.
7. The needle should be place with the flat part at the back and held firmly with the screw. The eye of the needle will face you. The thread should then be threaded through the front and out the back and under the foot leaving a six inch tail.

Your thread should now come off the spool move towards the left through the plastic guide, across the top of the machine at right angles, through the metal loop; down the front of the machine (you can't see the thread as it sits behind the body) and reappears through the metal arm hole that goes up and down with the needle. It should then come down through the metal spiral and behind the clip above the needle, through the eye of the needle and away from you under the foot.

8. The bobbin needs to be wound. The bobbins are particualr to each make of machine. So only singer bobbins can be used on Singer machines. The bobbin winder is the metal pin on the right on the top of the machine.
9. To wind the bobbin. Place the bobbin over the metal pin nad push firmly down. It is located on the top on the right hand side.
10. Place thread on the spool pin as before and thread the cotton through the plastic thread guide.
11. Take the thread as before but rather than going through the metal clip on the top at the front, place it anti clockwise partly round the metal wheel on top of the metal clip (don't go all the way around) and across to the right where the bobbin has been placed.
12. The thread should be wound clockwise as many times as required not to slip off when the thread is automatically wound with the electic foot peddle.
13. Push the bobobin manually to the right along the groove in the body and press the electric foot peddle. Bobbin should wind moving the thread up and down (not necessarly evenly) and filling the bobbin. Fill about 80%. Leave a six inch tail.
14 Pull the plate forward under the needle. Place bobbin in its slot. The thread should be in a clockwise direction and when the bobbin is placed catch the thread under the groove found on the left at the top of the bobbin case. Close the plate with the thread coming out above in the slot under the needle.
15 Manually turn the hand wheel a couple of times until you can see the bobbin thread making a loop with the stitch thread and pull through.
16 Both threads should be under the foot and away from you.
17 Tension normally is around 5 -6 on the tension wheel with standard cotton and polyester cotton thread. To tighten the tension the number should increment upwards.

Machine is a cracker and according to my local shop never goes wrong. I have had mine since 1999 and that's true.

Hope this helps.... I would send you the manual but I'm not sure how you keep email addresses private.

Good luck.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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There is a screw on the bobbin case which you turn clockwise to tighten but on a quarter of a turn at a time then test sew, make sure the bobbin turns antil clockwise in the bobbin case.

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You didn't explain the symptoms. Is the thread bunching, looping, knotting under the fabric? Is the bobbin thread rising to the top of the fabric?

If it is bunching under the fabric, it is probably what is called thread nesting or bird nesting. There are several fixes, sometimes more than one fix is required to resolve the issue.

Be sure to clean under the needle plate, around the bobbin, and the feed dogs. If the machine has instructions for oiling, follow the directions using a fresh, good quality sewing machine oil and apply only 1-2 drops each spot.

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Remove the thread from the machine. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning--the thread needs to be seated firmly in the tension disk. Verify that the correct thread path is followed (consult the owner's manual).

Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low numbers (this is the factory standard and is a good place to start, but every machine is different and may need adjustment).

Confirm that the bobbin is installed in the bobbin case (turning the correct direction) and that the bobbin case is threaded properly.

Before beginning to stitch, hand rotate the handwheel one rotation and pull the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric. Then, gently hold the thread tails in the left hand and slowly begin to stitch.

Test.

If thread is bunching, looping under the fabric, the upper tension is too loose. Tighten it and retest. On most machines, the lower the tension number, the looser the tension.

If the bobbin thread is rising to the top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight. Loosen the upper tension and retest.

Keep adjusting and testing until it is where you want it. Generally, tension is correct when both threads (upper & bobbin) meet in the middle of the fabric. FWIW, tension is static and should be tested and readjusted every time a new project is begun. The needle, thread, and fabric will affect the tension, so it is important to get comfortable adjusting the tension.

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How to adjust the bobbin tension.


According to the manual, you should not need to adjust the bobbin tension (and I located other sites which stated the bobbin tension cannot be adjusted on this machine). Apparently, all the tension adjustment is accomplished through the upper thread::
"EN Thread Tension Upper thread tension Basic thread tension setting: "4". (1) To increase the tension, turn the dial to the next number up. To reduce the tension, turn the dial to the next number down. A. Normal thread tension for straight stitch sewing. B. Thread tension too loose for straight stitch sewing. Turn dial to higher number. C. Thread tension too tight for straight stitch sewing. Turn dial to lower number. D. Normal thread tension for zig zag and decorative sewing. Correct thread tension is when a small amount of the upper thread appears on the bottom side of fabric. Lower thread tension The bobbin tension has been set correctly at the factory, so you do not need to adjust it. Please note: - Proper tension setting is important for strong seams. - There is no single tension setting appropriate for all stitch functions, thread or fabric. - A balanced tension (identical stitches both top and bottom) is usually only desirable for straight stitch construction sewing. - 90% of all sewing will be between "3" and "5". - For zig zag and decorative sewing stitch functions, thread tension should generally be less than for straight stitch sewing. - For all decorative sewing you will always obtain a nicer stitch and less fabric puckering when the upper thread appears on the bottom side of your fabric. 1 A B C 22 D"

Doing further research, I found this statement on a machine review site:
"After reading reviews online from where I've bought my drop-in bobbin machines, I think many of the negative reviews are due to the bobbin thread coming up without laying across the bobbin. It can cause the stitches to look very sloppy and no amount of tension adjusting can fix the stitches."

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If the bottom thread is tight there should also be loops on top and this means that the upper tension is too tight.
Get out your manual (http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/1198_8763-efs.pdf) and turn to page 24. Under "ADJUSTING TOP THREAD TENSION" it tells you that if you're having thread tension issues, change the tension control dial on the top of your machine from auto. It also shows you a diagram with your problem illustrated on the right side of the page. The bobbin tension is set at the factory, so all tension problems can be solved with top tension adjustment. Set it manually and if it loops on top, loosen the tension a little. Test again. Repeat until loops are gone.
Using different colours on top and bobbin and a contrasting fabric (e.g. black top, white bottom, light blue fabric) means you can easily see what's happening. A perfect stitch is when you see exactly the same stitch pattern on both sides of the fabric. On top, the bobbin thread colour appears between stitches as a tiny dot and on the bottom, you see the top thread dot between stitches.
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Load your sewing machine with one color on top, threaded through the needle. Load the second color thread into the bobbin and thread.


Fold the scrap fabric in half, and sew a straight stitch at least 2 inches long. Look closely at the seam. If you see loops of the bottom color thread on top of the fabric, proceed to Step 3. If you see loops of the top color thread on the bottom of the fabric, proceed to step 4.


Loosen the top tension. Since the top tension is so tight, it is pulling the bottom thread up through the fabric. Loosen the top tension by turning the numbered knob on the front of the sewing machine counterclockwise by one number.


Tighten the top tension. Since the top tension is too loose, the bottom thread is pulling the top thread down through the fabric. Tighten the top tension by turning the numbered knob on the front of the sewing machine clockwise by one number.


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This is a tension adjustment problem. It's good to use two different colors of thread, like you did. From your description, the top thread (needle thread) tension needs to be tighter. As you tighten the tension of the top thread, you'll see that the top thread pulls the bobbin thread up into the fabric so it's no longer laying loose on the bottom of the fabric.

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I have this machine and the manual but it will be difficult to explain without the diagram. Here are the instructions without the diagram ... I'm assuming that you know some parts of the machine i.e. the foot etc

NB. thread the bobbin FIRST - points number 8 onwards....

1. Raise take-up lever to highest position on machine by turning the hand wheel towards you and make sure the presser foot is raised.
2. Place spool of thread on the spool pin at the back making sure spool cap is firmly in place to keep it on.
3. Take thread and place through the thread guide (plastic bit same side as spool pin) a under and over action. Across from this guide is a small metal wheel on top of another loop pin on the top at the front of the machine. Take the thread and put through the loop pin. 9Thread should come out on top of the pin towards you).
4. On the front of the arm is a tension wheel numbered between 0 - 8. The thread should then be placed down the front of the arm, underneath the tension wheel (behind the body part of the arm not under the wheel) and lifted up to catch the tension spring unseen behind the wheel. It should then be threaded through the eye of the metal piece (that moves as the needle goes up and down).
5. The thread should then be passed down the gap in the body work and down through the middle of the metal spiral loop in the front near the needle.
6. The thread should continue down through the horizontal clip just above the needle.
7. The needle should be place with the flat part at the back and held firmly with the screw. The eye of the needle will face you. The thread should then be threaded through the front and out the back and under the foot leaving a six inch tail.

Your thread should now come off the spool move towards the left through the plastic guide, across the top of the machine at right angles, through the metal loop; down the front of the machine (you can't see the thread as it sits behind the body) and reappears through the metal arm hole that goes up and down with the needle. It should then come down through the metal spiral and behind the clip above the needle, through the eye of the needle and away from you under the foot.

8. The bobbin needs to be wound. The bobbins are particualr to each make of machine. So only singer bobbins can be used on Singer machines. The bobbin winder is the metal pin on the right on the top of the machine.
9. To wind the bobbin. Place the bobbin over the metal pin nad push firmly down. It is located on the top on the right hand side.
10. Place thread on the spool pin as before and thread the cotton through the plastic thread guide.
11. Take the thread as before but rather than going through the metal clip on the top at the front, place it anti clockwise partly round the metal wheel on top of the metal clip (don't go all the way around) and across to the right where the bobbin has been placed.
12. The thread should be wound clockwise as many times as required not to slip off when the thread is automatically wound with the electic foot peddle.
13. Push the bobobin manually to the right along the groove in the body and press the electric foot peddle. Bobbin should wind moving the thread up and down (not necessarly evenly) and filling the bobbin. Fill about 80%. Leave a six inch tail.
14 Pull the plate forward under the needle. Place bobbin in its slot. The thread should be in a clockwise direction and when the bobbin is placed catch the thread under the groove found on the left at the top of the bobbin case. Close the plate with the thread coming out above in the slot under the needle.
15 Manually turn the hand wheel a couple of times until you can see the bobbin thread making a loop with the stitch thread and pull through.
16 Both threads should be under the foot and away from you.
17 Tension normally is around 5 -6 on the tension wheel with standard cotton and polyester cotton thread. To tighten the tension the number should increment upwards.

Machine is a cracker and according to my local shop never goes wrong. I have had mine since 1999 and that's true.

Hope this helps.... I would send you the manual but I'm not sure how you keep email addresses private.

Good luck.

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