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How to adjust tension janome 4400

How do I adjust the tension on my janome mc 4400? Trying to zig zag satin stitch through a thick material (applique on a towel) using tear away stabilizer, but top stitches will not catch. If I test on a regular piece of cotton, the zig zag works, but on my thicker material, stiches are not sewn. help!

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    I have changed the needle, and tried adjusting tension up and down between a 2 and a 4

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Before you go changing settings... make sure you are stabilizing the fabric correctly. Towels especially requires a stabilizer on top AND on bottom.


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SOURCE: MC4400 skips on the zig zag stitch when sewing

You must buse an anti static needle otherwise yoiu will miss stitches.

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SOURCE: what settings for doing zig zag for satin stitch

It depends on a couple of things. Depending on the fabric you're using you might want to use a stabilizer like an iron on tear away. If the stitches are bunching the stitch length might be to tight. Try going to 0.3. if the stabilizer doesn't work. With the stabilizer on, it will keep the fabric firmer so it won't pucker. Make sure you have the decorative stitching foot on the machine with the little indentation for the satin stitch to ride in. If you have the wrong foot on, this will cause bunching too. Let me know if this helps.

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