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I'm having troubles with my brother sewing machine

The stitching is perfect on the top, but very loose on the bottom, please help!

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  • jill May 11, 2010

    is the bobbin in the casing to unwind the correct direction?  what is loose on the bottom?  the top thread or the bobbin thread?

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Your tension is loose on top. Adjust your tension dial up a little at a time until you have a desirable stitch. Before adjusting the tension, you may want to look into the tension and see if there are any threads caught between the disc. If so remove them. Another common problem is that your machine is not threaded properly, make sure the pressure foot is in the up position when threading and if needed consult your manual for the proper threading diagram.

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