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Tension setting XL 3500 Brother

I am not sure what my tension is suppose to be set at

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Hi, and welcome to FixYa. Normally, the default top tension setting on most machines is between 4 and 6. Brother manuals usually contain detailed information about tension and how to determine if your tension is set correctly, so check that section of your manual when you have time....if you don't have your manual...

you can find a copy to download for free on Brother's website (I added a link to the web page below). The same web page has other information about your machine that you might find helpful now or in the future. Even if you have the manual, it is worth a visit.

http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/ca/en/model_top/HomeSewingMachine/hf_xl3500t3510eus.html?reg=us&c=ca&lang=en&prod=hf_xl3500t3510eus

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Best of luck, and enjoy your machine. Don't hesitate to comment if the link doesn't' work, or if you have more questions. Cheers!

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

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http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/us/ca/en/model_top/HomeSewingMachine/hf_xl3500t3510eus.html?reg=us&c=ca&lang=en&prod=hf_xl3500t3510eus


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If you have more questions, or if the link fails, please feel free to comment and I will answer as soon as I can. Good luck, and have fun with your machine!

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