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Top tenion will not keep how do I fix top tenion

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Try this link for a free manual, check the information on adjusting
the top tension and see if it will help you, if it doesn't then the machine
may need to be checked to see if there is something wrong with the
top tension dial
http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/1248_4423_heavy-duty_esf.pdf

Posted on Dec 02, 2012

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  • Cathy Ippolito Dec 02, 2012

    My machine is new, I bought at the beggin of the year. First time I sew was a week ago. Then I changed the thread and the tenion would not grab so I took it to a shop and he said the top tenion was missed up and that it would cost more to repair it then what I paid for it . So I though I would try myself before I bought a new machine

  • Cathy Ippolito Dec 02, 2012

    He dose not care for singers and perfers not to work on them.

  • try taking a can of air that you use on a computer and use it on the tension dial, or try unwaxed dental floss and go between the discs if that is possible,,some thread can leave alot of lint try the air or dental floss and see if that will help. I suggest using a good name brand thread, some machines can't handle cheap thread. if the air or dental floss doesn't work and you have to get a new sewing macine try looking at a sewing machine shop and not the one the repair man work at, because singers are a good machine and he's just not the knid of repair man I'd take a machine too. again try changing the thread to a better brand,,,try rethreading the machine top and bobbin and make sure to use every thread guide this is very important for the machine to operate right and make sure the bobbin is turned correctly in the bobbin case, and if it a front or side loading bobbin with a case you have to take out make sure the bobbin case is correctly put back in the machine.

  • Cathy Ippolito Dec 09, 2012

    I will try what you have posted this week and Iwill let you know if this works. Thank you

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