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THE TENSION KNOB IS VERY HARD TO TURN ON MY BROTHER LS-1217

The tension knob is almost impossible to turn. It is almost like it is stuck?

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SOURCE: About my needle thread tension know

If you contact you local Brother retailer and explain the problem and give your model number they ought to be able to order a replacement which you can install yourself, or, probably more prudent, ask them if they will do it and also check for any other associated "modifications" made by the little fellow.

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Posted on Jun 09, 2008

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SOURCE: my thread tension knob fell out of my machine and

My machine was doing the same thing its a sunstar 340-bl.Any way it was caused by aplying to much tension.To put back in remove barrel buy undoing grub srew,once removed, barrel will have one or two screws these are what hold tension shaft under tension in place.I can not advise on how much tension as i have different machine and once you destroy your spring thats it,you need a new one.To much tension causes it to untwist.

Posted on Jun 13, 2009

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Upper tension know will not turn. Brother Model # XL2010


Could be something stuck in the tension disk, like broken thread, lint, dirt. Perhaps try cleaning it. If that doesn't work, probably a trip to a repair shop is in order.

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Need to know what the knobs are for


Are you sure that it's a Singer LS-1217? I can't find any model with 1217 on the Singer site.

The Brother LS-1217 manual is available here: http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/eu/eu_ot/en/doc/manual_top.html?reg=eu&c=eu_ot&lang=en&prod=hf_ls1217euk . The direct link to the English version of the manual is http://download.brother.com/welcome/doch000000/ls12171217b13171417ug01enesfrpt.pdf . There are only a few knobs on most machines. On the front near the needle is the Needle Thread Tension knob. If you use contrasting colors (different top, bobbin and fabric colors), you might see a straight stitch where the top thread is visible on the bottom of the fabric for example. Adjust the tension to get both the top and bobbin threads meeting in the middle of the fabric layers. (Increase the needle thread tension - rotate to a higher number but go in 0.5 increments.)

Then you have near the motor area the stitch width and length knobs. The width is only for zigzag stitches. A long stitch length is good for a temporary seam (like basting in a zipper or hem) before you finish that area. However, the width and length should be adjusted depending on the fabric. A fine fabric needs a smaller stitch, usually. The knob on the right side of the machine is the balance wheel (or hand wheel). This adjusts the needle height so that you can have the needle out of the way while changing the bobbin, for example.

I hope this helps.

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(I use the Singer Sewing Book as a reference for tension issues.)

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How can I adjust the timing on a brother ls 1217 sewing machine


Unfortunately, it's not recommended for users to repair their own brother machines. It sounds like the timing is out anyway... to take it in and have it "Cleaned, Lubed, timed and the Tension repaired"

Or you could use it for target practice and just go buy another machine.

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Brother does not provide a good description of the knob. Often times the knob is actually a nut and you can screw it back on. I have a feeling you might have a cheap, ready to break at any moment, machine. If you get a new machine, focus upon metal.

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Bobbin thread is loose and won't tighten.. i have tried fixing it with the tension knob.. but it's not working..


totally rethread because it is not threaded right on top, do this test, with the presser foot up, pull on your needle thread, it should feed smooth, then put the presser foot down, then pull on that thread, now it should barely move. Then you know that you are connecting with the tensions discs in the threading path. Put your tension dial on 3 and go from there. If, you do not have your manual, go to www.brother-usa.com and download a copy for free. Save it and then enlarge your diagrams for threading. You can also print a copy. Good luck, just be patient, you can do this, really.

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I have a Brother LS-1217. The tension will not adjust. I have re-threaded this several times, checked the bobbin and needle. Is this something I could fix and/or is it worth having repaired?


You should be able to fix this. IF it is the top thread on your fabric that is screwy you need to adjust the bobbin tension.
If it is the bottom thread you have a problem with your upper tension. Blow out the upper tension assembly using canned air, the tension discs may be dirty

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A mass of loose thread on the bottom of the fabric most likely indicates a total loss of upper tension. Remove the upper thread, raise the presser foot and rethread the machine. Make sure that the upper tension knob/dial is around 5. If you still have a problem, let me know what brand and model you have.

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My thread tension knob fell out of my machine and I can't get it to stay back in Model brother LS-1217


Hi,
Open the end where the light is, look for a set screw at the point where the tension assemly enters machine. try tightening that. If that doesnt work, post a reply comment and I will tell you where to go next.

Mar 21, 2009 | Brother LS-1217 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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About my needle thread tension know


If you contact you local Brother retailer and explain the problem and give your model number they ought to be able to order a replacement which you can install yourself, or, probably more prudent, ask them if they will do it and also check for any other associated "modifications" made by the little fellow.

USA Dealer Search

or.......There ought to be one similar in your home country


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