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Singer Starlet 353 Thread tension

Thread tension has stopped working. moving the adjustment dial has no effect. I am trying to remove the top/ rear cover to inspect the mechanism but cannot find all the fixings. Despite removing all visable screws the cover is still is retained by the lifting handle.

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You need to do a tension assembly check.

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(To do this test, adjust your tension setting to normal or medium or 5 orsomething in the middle. Raise the presser foot and pull the thread through thetension. It should pull easily!! Lower the presser foot and pull the thread. Itshould pull noticeably harder.)
If it doesn’t work this way then you probably have a pieceof thread or lint stuck inside the tension discs. To remove it, turn thetension to 0 zero and raise the presser foot.Using a small screwdriver, openthe space between the discs and spray with canned or compressed air. The stuffshould come out. Do the tension test again to make sure you got everything andthen try sewing again.
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