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Usually, it's the top tension you manipulate in order to get a balanced stitch. However if your bobbin tension spring is worn out it's rare to have to fix the bobbin tension.

So... start with your top tension. If necessary... such as in the case where you are using a rather fat thread or very fine thread.. you would locate a tiny screw on the bobbin case and tighten that.

Posted on Dec 04, 2012

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Not sure if you are having problems with the bobbin winder or threading the bobbin. This may help:

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Interestingly, the bobbin threading instructions (above) show the bobbin loading into the bobbin case so it turns COUNTER-clockwise. This is the opposite of instructions for most machines. You can probably try both, the clockwise or Counter-clockwise,and see if one works better than the other.

Be sure to use fresh, good quality sewing machine oil or Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil on your machine. Open it up, while gently wiggling the handwheel, drop a couple drops of oil every place that metal rubs against metal. Avoid plastic or rubber parts! You may even find little round holes throughout that are oil ports. Be sure to get the area around the needlebar, presser foot lifter, feed dogs, the bobbin area, and all the dial and selector mechanisms.

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FWIW, I inherited a Nelco J28 and it is the toughest machine in my arsenal. I repair horse equipment with it. The stitch quality is not the best, but it certainly sews most anything thrown at it. The only issue I have with it (and it is my issue, not the machine's) is that it has a side-loading bobbin which means the home position of the needle is also on the left instead of the middle. Having always used a centered needle makes using it seem somewhat unnatural. However, your machine appears to have the front-loading bobbin and centered needle.

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Generally, the top tension should be set at the midway point and then tweaked for your particular machine.

If you continue to have a problem, the machine probably needs service.

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I have an XN1700 sewing machine and I can't get a straight stitch underneath no matter how I adjust the tension what am I doing wrong? I've checked the spool and top threading .


Not sure I understand your question, but be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the top thread. This allows the thread to seat completely in the tension disk. Then, you may need to tighten the upper tension so the top thread will pull the bobbin thread up higher in the fabric.

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The needle thread breaks
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I saw Nelco on this website http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Manuals/Nelco_Sewing_Machines.htm

purchasing /obtaining a manual is always very helpful when working with a sewing machine.

However, simple stuff to check, is the needle in the right way, with the scarf (groove) to the back?

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Feel the edges with your fingernail on the one part with a sharp point (the hook). If you feel a burr this is where the thread is catching and giving you problems. Needs to be polished with a very fine crocus cloth or your fingernail buffer pad.
Lay the machine back some and put the hook in the hook race. That is the entire round part. The hook will lay opposite a c shaped metal piece in the edge of the hook race. Then put the round case on around it and snap the locks over.
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