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If New Home HF2022 is the same as Janome XR VII (as some parts of this site seem to indicate) you open the flap that covers the light bulb and to the right, there is a square knob next to a column of letters - BS at the top (for basting and darning or free embroidery - used with DOWN on the stitch length dial) and underneath BS is L, M and H. If the square knob is pushed towards the right, it disengages from notch on its left and can be moved up or down and pushed into a different notch. You can feel the difference made to the foot raising lever. The stitch to foot guidance panel in the machine top gave a clue to this with "21 (stitch no) Foot pressure -> BS" and I remembered having seen this BS. A labelled thumb screw would be easier though.

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You probably can't adjust the pressure on the foot, most models it is preset with no ability to adjust the pressure. Take a look at the top of the machine, left side above the needle area. If your machine has adjustable foot pressure, there will be a thumb screw of some sort on the top of the machine in this area, possible with a + and - symbol to indicate which way to turn to adjust the pressure.

I have owned Elnas, Janomes and Singers and only one of them had adjusted foot pressure.

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Is it possible to change the foot it also possible

Some machines do have a presser foot pressure adjustment. Since you didn't provide a make/model, we're not able to assist further. You'll have to consult your owner's manual.

The upper tension is usually totally adjustable. As a matter of fact, the upper tension is the first place to adjust tension. Just be sure to RAISE the presser foot when threading the upper thread so it will seat in the tension disk. If the upper thread is showing under the fabric, it is too loose. If the bobbin thread is pulling to the top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight. Tension will change with needle, thread, and fabric, so before beginning a new project, always test on a scrap piece of the fabric first. The tension is correct when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric.

As a sewist, you should become comfortable with adjusting the upper tension as needed.


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Loose stitches when using zipper foot.

If it has been a while since the needle has been changed, doing so may be helpful. Also be sure to use a sharp needle that will more easily penetrate the zipper tape.

Be sure that you are actually lowering the presser foot before stitching (this most likely isn't the case--just a thought).

Most machines also have a presser foot pressure adjustment that can be loosened or tightened to accommodate different thickness of fabric and the amount of pressure applied by the zipper foot on the fabric and the feed dogs. Experimenting with that pressure adjustment may be helpful.

Some bobbin cases also have a finger extension with a hole through it. If you are experiencing issues with bobbin tension, sometimes threading the bobbin thread through that finger will help even out bobbin tension.

Using lighter weight thread will also affect the resulting thread tension. If the bobbin case is wound with light weight thread, the bobbin tension will not operate the same as it would with standard weight thread. Light weight thread in the bobbin will cause looser tension, but heavier thread will cause a tighter tension.

Technicians use a standard weight thread to test tension on a machine, but if you use a different weight thread, then your results most likely will not be the same.

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Most tension adjustments can be accomplished via the upper tension. However, there are times when the bobbin needs to be adjusted. Sewists are frequently nervous about adjusting bobbin tension. It is important to mark with permanent marker where the skrew-slot is positioned on the bobbin case BEFORE attempting any adjustments (at least if you need to return it to the original setting, you'll know where it was). Make only 1/8 turn adjustments at a time and re-test. (Righty-tighty, Lefty-loosey!) Sewists who frequently use different weight threads in their machine will often have an extra bobbin case that is set up specifically for that thread weight so they don't have to manipulate the bobbin case every time a thread is changed.


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My fabric keeps puckering.

The first thing I would check is the threading. Remove the upper thread completely. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning making sure it follows the correct thread pathway. Sometimes thread will "jump" and come out of a thread guide or the takeup lever. Also, raising the presser foot releases the tension disks and allows the thread to seat properly.

Loosen the thread tension. Install a new needle. Also, some machines have a presser foot pressure adjustment that can be set lighter or heavier depending on the fabric weight. The Owner's Manual should have information. On older machines, it is usually a screw or button above the needlebar that adjusts the needlebar's spring tension. Newer machines would have a dial on the side or above the needlebar area.

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My bottom stich is longer than my top switch. What setting do I need to change?

if your saying that the bobbin loop is too large , 1st ck your bobbin tension clip ,(tiny spring clip with screw on it) thread should slip thru using three of your closed fingers in a over/under arrangement as a puller if you have correct tension , next ck your main tension , lots of times I see thread pulls its from the main tension is too tight for the fabric being used (this one needs to be adj for each fabric ? and it pulls thru fabric making it bunch up under presser foot

Feb 09, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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This is a parts identification question. My manual does not identify a part just above the tension part on the top of the machine left edge which is round in appearance about a little smaller than a dime...

Possibilities are:

foot pressure adjustment
tension dial adjustment
stitch elongation

If you can already identify the tension adjustment dial and this device is above the pressure foot, then I would gess it is the first one, foot pressure adjustment.

Many models don't have this but it was standard for many years on all machines, allowing you to control the pressure of the foot onto the needle plate, something you need to vary if you are sewing very heavy coatings or very fine silks, sometimes you just need to finesse the pressure yourself.

Aug 20, 2011 | Euro-Pro 373 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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What is the adjustable plus and minus dial in the upper part of the machine by the tension spring

Most likely the tension adjustment dial. Is this on the front of the machine head or on top above the pressure foot.

If it is close to the tension device then it will be the top thread tension adjustment dial, these are usually numbered from zero to 10. Normal setting 4-5.

If it is a knob directly above the pressure foot, then it will be the adjustment for how much pressure the presser foot applies to the fabric, some machines allow you to adjust this; if you are sewing very light fabric you might need to add a little pressure. Or very heavy coat weights you'd need to slacken it off a little.

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Tension dial on my sewing machine is not working

Hi, Liz. When you adjust your tension, be sure the pressure foot is down. The pressure foot needs to be up when you thread the machine so the thread will slip easily between the tension disks, but when you adjust the tension the disks have to be tight (pressure foot down).

There are other possibilities, but this is the best place to start running the problem down. Please let me know if this does the trick, ok, and if not, we can try something ele.

Happy Sewing


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Problems with thread tension.Cant grt any tension

It's probably assembled ok. If you're trying to adjust the tension with the pressure foot up, it won't work. The pressure foot needs to be down in order to adjust the tension.
Let me know if this works, ok?

Jan 31, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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The top spool of thread jams tight when I pull the

It sounds like the tension setting is too tight. The tension mechanism consists of two metal disks; the thread runs between these disks. When the pressure foot is down, the disks come together, trapping the thread between them. When the pressure foot is up, the disks separate and the thread can flow freely. (BTW, this is why you adjust the tension with the pressure foot down.)

Take a look at your tension setting and try loosening it. That should resolve the problem.

Let me know if this helps, ok?


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