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Spring on tension is loose. doesn't spring back down, just stays up. how do i fix this?

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Try to use little bet pluming type on top screw!!!

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I am trying the tention,, and topt is fine,,under neat is loose

try adjusting the top tension

make sure the needle can be used for sewing fleece

try rethreading the machine ,make sure each thread guide is used

if you try changing the top tension & the machine doesn't respond to any tension setting then maybe the tension dial needs to be replaced

make sure the bobbin is inserted correctly in the bobbin case

make sure the bobbin is wound correctly

clean under the needle plate & in bobbin area for lint or loose threads

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Tension of pe770

Besides the other advice here, check your bobbin case. At first I didn't get my thread hooked into the bobbin case properly and had problems that looked like the bobbin tension was not adjusted properly. I have to take the case out, put in the bobbin to make sure it's caught properly and then put it back into the machine. This is what worked for me.

Mar 14, 2012 | Brother PE770 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Thread wont flow through becauseTension spring is too tight

try backing the tension off some & see if that helps.
if it doesn't help then the tension dial may need to be replaced

Mar 12, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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Lots of possible issues, but first, check your bobbin case. Take the bobbin out and clean around the inside with a cotton bud. Replace the bobbin and hold the thread and let the bobbin/bobbin case dangle free (take care that the bobbin doesn't slip out of the case. The bobbin case should stay stationery. If you **** the thread upwards , the bobbin should unwaind (this is a very very rough guide). If the bobbin unwinds when just holding the thread stationery, screw in the tension screw on the side of the case a fraction until it doesn't. Conversely if it doesn't unwind when jerked, try unscrewing it slightly. The adjustment is fairly critical and should really be done with a proper gauge and weights. If the bobbin tension is OK, are you sure you're threading the top thread properly ... you should always thread through the pre-tensioner, tension discs and takeup arm with the presser foot lifted - this ensures the thread will lay down between the tension discs properly. Put the presser foot down only when you're threading the needle. If the top tension is too high, try cleaning the tension discs - you can do this fairly simply by turning the tension down to 1, or 2 and with the presser foot up, thread some thick wool through the pre-tensioner and tension discs. Drop the presser foot and drag the wool through slowly - this should clean the fluff and muck out of the discs. Failing the above, you may have a problem elsewhere, such as the check spring or maybe even a problem with the hook/shuttle. In this case, you'd be best to have it checked-out professionally. By the way ... when did you last have your machine serviced ???!!! Also, when did you last remove the hook/shuttle, clean round the hook race firmly with a cotton bud and re-oil it ? You may find the latter will cure your problems ! Good luck and get back to me if I can be of any further help.

Feb 08, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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How to replace the tension spring in a bobbin case?

There are two springs on the bobbin case of a rotary hook machine like the 180 and I suspect you're talking about the thread tension spring on the outside of the case - this is held on and the tension adjusted by a two very small screws. The other spring is the brake spring which is a complicated shape spring that sits in the bottom of the case and puts a slight amount of pressure on the bobbin itself. Assuming the thread tension spring has been recovered along with its two screws, it should be fairly self-evident how it fits back onto the bobbin case - the spring lays across the **** in the bobbin case, through which the thread is pulled, so that the tip of the spring with a small right-angle bend just sits down into the aperture where the thread comes out. Now, importantly, the two screws are different sizes ... the one with the smallest head holds the spring onto the bobbin case and is screwed-down firmly through the hole in the flat end of the spring. The larger screw adjusts the thread tesnsion and is screwed through the hole with the slight conical sides. Now the tension should be adjusted to 5g using a proper gauge, but failing that, insert a bobbin loaded with a thread such as Metrosene and thread the bobbin case up. hold the end of the thread so that the bobbin case hangs on the thread - it should not move/unreel itself. If it does, adjust the tension screw (the bigger one) a little bit at a time until it doesn't unwind. The approximately correct tension is obtained when the bobbin will only unreel when you **** the thread upwards gently. You can fine adjust the tension to get the correct balance by ensuring the top tension is set to normal (red line) and adjusting the bobbin tension until the stitch lays properly in the fabric - use different colours top and bottom to check this. Be aware that the bobbin thread tension varies quite alot with only a small rotation of the adjusting screw, so take it is small steps.
Hope this helps.

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Featherweight 132Q Singer sewing machine. The top thread is loose. How do I fix that?

try adjusting the top thread tension to a lower number,,like if the machine tension is on 2 then take the tension up to 3 & if that doesn't give the correct tension go to 4 & see if that tension is good for the correct stitch

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The bottom tension on my Pfaff 2056 sewing machine is loose and keeps jamming up.

check the top tension try a 3 or 4 but I wouldn't go any higher than 5

also put in a new needle

clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area for loose threads & lint

make sure the thread doesn't come off the thread take up lever

make sure the bobbin is inserted correctly

Aug 10, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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1) The lever at the back that keeps the foot up when threading etc will not stay up on it's own. When you put it up, it just falls bak down a second later. 2) The needle won't go up and down,...

it sounds like the take up lever has either come loose or is broken, & since the needle won't go up & down it needs to be checked

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