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I have a Ricca 6800 sewing machine and I fixed it myself but a little spring was left dangling ,left topside of bobbin holdr. where does it belong?

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SOURCE: Hello I have an old Riccar 6800 sewing machine

Hiya, the threading for this machine is pretty standard so you won't be going wrong there. Have you used a sewing machine before? The tension dial (on the extreme left) should be set at 5. The other dial to your left should be on blue zigzag with orange broken line. The dial on the right should be set at 0 and the bottom one on 2 - 3. I've been looking for a manual for this machine as I inherited this one. It took me ages to suss straight sewing out. Another thought is take it to a repairer and ask for a quote. Good luck.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009

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My consew 2230R starts out sewing fine then after about 8" it begind to drop stitches , I think its the tension spring but do not know how to change or adjust it . I tore it down but am unable to rem


THE BOBBIN IS PLACED INTO THE HOLDER WITH THE THREAD IS GOING AWAY FROM THE SPRING, NOT TOWARDS IT. IT IS LIKELY TO TURN COUNTER CLOCKWISE. TAKE THE ASSEMBLY OUT AND PLACE THE THREAD INTO THE BOBBIN HOLDER JUST AS YOU WOULD WHILE IN THE SEWING MACHINE AND PLACE THE THREAD UNDER THE SPRING. ONCE IN THEN TRY CAREFULLY TO LET THE ASSEMBLY HANG. BOUNCE THE ASSEMBY DANGLE AND BOUNCE UP AND DOWN. THIS IS TO ADJUST THE BOBBIN TENSION. THE TENSION SHOULD ALLOW THE ASSEMBLY TO MOVE AROUND ONE INCH AWAY. YOU NEED TO ADJUST THE SPRING ACCORDINGLY. IF THIIS DOESN'T ACCOMPLISH FIXING THE PROBLEM THEN YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR TIMING GEARS AND BELTS CHECKED. THEY ARE ALLOWING THE TIMIING TO CHANGE IN A SHORT LENGTH OF STITCHES.

Mar 06, 2013 | Consew CN2230R Sewing Machine

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What settings do I use for sewing on cotton? Straight stich size? Tension?


For all sewing machines, stitch length would be set to 2.5 and width would be zero to get a standard straight stitch.

For medium weight cotton like calico I would use a size 70 or 80 sharp needle and top tension on the preset setting, this is usually 4 or 5 some some machines but it should be marked.

Important thing is a new sharp needle, then if you find the stitching is pulling a little, loosen off the top tension dial just a .5 and test again.

You should not need to adjust bottom bobbin tension unless its been changed/fiddled with. Some machines will have a little dial with a red marking on the right position (horizontal types). Not sure if yours is a top loading bobbin or front loading into a bobbin case (early Husqs are front loading). So if yours is a bobbin into a bobbin case, front loading, then you may need to check that the tension is right on the bobbin case tension spring. You can do this by doing the "dangle" test, put the thread into the tension spring, then dangle the bobbin by holding the thread tail up and letting the bobbin hang, it should hold its own weight but if you jolt the thread, it should let go and release some thread out.

Hope this makes sense, there is good sewing info at www.about.sewing.com and good threading up troubleshooting at www.sewusa.com if you need pictures to help.

Sep 18, 2011 | Husqvarna Viking 1

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CANT GET TENSION SET AND ITS SO FAR OFF DONT KNOW WHERE TO START....vogue stitch old..model.label on back says model 1300/1500 or mercury model 704


try www.sewusa.com repairs page for troubleshooting help. start by cleaning and oiling machine. then wind a new bobbin and put in a new needle. load bobbin into bobbin case and ensure thread goes into tension spring. now dangle bobbin case by holding thread tail, bobbin should hang in the air but release thread if you pull it. adjust the tension screw on case 1/4turns only and test again until you get it tight enough to 'dangle'. now load bobbin into rotary hook of machine and thread top. now test sew and adjust top tension in small increments if neede to balance the stitch. but if top tension is wirking okay then 4-6 range should be fine.

Aug 24, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Top thread is tight and bottom thread is too loose. How do you tighten the bottom thread?


You havent said what make and model this relates to.

But generally, you adjust the top thread and leave the bottom thread tension alone (unless it has been altered in error).

If your machine has a removeable bobbin case that goes into a front loading vertical rotary hook then you adjust a little screw on the bobbin case with a mini screwdriver. See this website for lots of great sewing machine tips and general help. http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmachineparts/p/bobbincase.htm This page shows a removable bobbin case and explains which way the bobbin goes into it. If the bobbin is in the wrong way or not under tension this could be causing your stitching issues too.

Only 1/4 turn increments each time. To check tension on the bobbin case, put in the bobbin, pull the thread into tension spring, then hold the thread tail and dangle the bobbin case and bobbin (dangle test). It should hang in the air and the bobbin not release any thread. So turn screw up until you get it to this point but no further. With a gentle pull though, you want the thread to come out of it. Right to tighten, left to loosen usually.

If you search some of my other solutions I've covered the dangle test lots of times.

Jun 15, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Just got the sewing machine last night - read the manual, etc - the tension of the bobbin is way off. tried every solution mentioned, but its still not working


are you adjusting the little screw on the tension spring on the bobbin case by minute amounts each time? Only turn it a quarter turn each time you change it.

If you do the dangle test, (suspend the bobbin by the thread tail) the bobbin case and bobbin should stay still in the air, but a gentle tug on the case should release thread. Adjust the little screw with the mini screwdriver in your kit until you get it to this point. turn it left to loosen and right to tighten.

Also check that the bobbin is in the bobbin case the right way, page 12 of your manual should show this. Yout want the bobbin to turn anticlockwise when you pull the thread tail. Then load it into the shuttle using the latch on the bobbin case to secure it.

It is possible that the tension spring itself is faulty in which case you can buy a new bobbin case for the machine from the local machine shop, or http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/brother-lx-3125-parts.aspx


Jun 02, 2011 | Brother LX3125 Sewing Machine

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Bobbin stich is uneven and a tangled mess


you can dowload a manual from the singer website http://www.singerco.com/accessories/manuals.html

If the bottom stitching is uneven, its mostly the top thread not under tension correctly so check the tension dial and the threading up from the thread spool to the needle.

Also, review how you wind a bobbin, you want a nice smooth wind, not twisting or uneven build across the bobbin. The manual for this machine is pretty brief on this but bobbin winding is crucial to getting a good even flow from the bobbin when stitching seams. You want to wind thread smoothly onto the bobbin, across the full width of it, not just mainly in the middle. Give the thread a nudge with your finger tip to fill top and bottom as it winds.

Also, ensure the thread goes through the bobbin tension disc on top of the machine, and even then, use your scissors handle to put some downward gentle pressure onto the thread spool you are winding off so it doesn't jump or bounce as you wind. Wind the bobbin to 3/4 full, then stop.

And lastly, load the bobbin correctly following the manual directions, make sure it is turning the right way in the bobbin case. Also look at page 16, it shows the "dangle" test where you can check the tension on the bobbin case is right, you should be able to dangle the bobbin by the thread tail and it should "stay" but you should be able to pull on it to release thread too. Adjust the little tension screw in minute increments to get this right. Bobbin case tension springs can fail or break too, so check this out.

Hope this helps you; it is my experience that 90% of machine issues are caused by blunt or wrong sized needles, wrong threading, no tension or incorrect tension or lack of maintenance.

Apr 16, 2011 | White Sewing 1888 Mechanical Sewing...

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Tension in bobber is to lose


Is the thread clipped into the tension spring correctly and is the bobbin winding in the correct direction? Check your manual to see which way your bobbin winds.

There is good basic information on the www.sewing.about.com pages that are very helpful with threading, bobbins etc.

I always do the "Dangle" test with a bobbin case system, you should be able to suspend the bobbin by the thread and it should dangle in the air, so tension enough to hold it, but you should also be able to gently pull on the bobbin case and the thread should release when you pull. If you adjust the tension screw on the bobbin case, always , only a quarter turn at a time to adjust. Use a small screwdriver to do this adjustment and only change it a very little, test again, until you get it set right.

Feb 26, 2011 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Everytime i start the machine, it will sew great then, i have 2 or 3 strings from the bobbin and usually ends up locked up


Sounds like the bobbin thread is not under tension correctly or is in the wrong way around.

Remove the bobbin case and bobbin from machine and check that the thread is clipped in under the tension spring. Then do the "Dangle" test. If you suspend the bobbin case by holding the thread end and the case dangles in the air, it should "stay" in position, i.e. not drop down the thread releasing more thread. But if you gently tug the case you should be able to pull it down releasing thread without applying significant pressure. Adjust the tension on your bobbin case by turning the tension screw just one "quarter turn" each time until you get the tension set correctly so you can "dangle" it.

Then place back into machine and rethread the top.

Also good practice to always hold both top and bottom threads at the back of the needle plate when you start stitching until the seam has been started.

Feb 26, 2011 | Singer 3116 Simple

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Thread is not coming up from the bobbin assembly on sewing machine. Stitches don't show any thread coming from the bottom.


YOUR PROBLEM IS THE TIMMING IN YOUR MACHINE. THIS HAPPENDS WHEN YOU FORCE YOUR MACHINE TO SEW SOMETHING OR WHEN YOUR NEEDLE BRAKES. nOT SURE HOW TO FIX IT. I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. USUALLY A TUNE-UP WOULD DO IT. IT'S ABOUT $99 TO $130.00 TO DO A TUNE UP. i WISH I KNEW HOW TO FIX IT MYSELF.

Oct 01, 2008 | Kenmore 15516 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Thread tension?


I own this little gem of a machine. It definitely sews a perfect stitch. I'm assuming you own the green 3/4 size machine as denoted by your product number. The half size blue one pictured is incorrect.

Anyway, this machine sews a perfect stitch, due to the oscillating bobbin. Most sewing machines with rotary (drop in) bobbins don't have an easily accessible bobbin tension screw, which means your fabric is usually slightly puckered. Fiddling with only the upper tension helps very little. This frustrates me to no end for sewing long curtains, clothing side seams, etc. Wrong tension causes them to hang with puckers, making them look awful. With the Hello Kitty 3/4 size Janome, there is a screw on the bobbin case which allows you to adjust for every thread diameter perfectly. Always a perfect stitch, if you take the time to adjust this screw.

To adjust the bobbin for a perfect tension, load the bobbin into the bobbin case and thread it through the guide. Holding only the thread between two or three fingers, let the bobbin case dangle below. This will be slightly difficult, because the bobbin will want to fall out of the case. Don't worry, just don't move it around too much and it will stay in long enough for this test. If the metal bobbin case slowly drops lower, unwinding thread as it goes, the thread is too loose. Tighten the screw on the side of the bobbin case a little (about a quarter turn.)

If the bobbin case seems to be dangling firmly, give the thread a gentle tug, lifting up fairly quickly. If it doesn't release a couple of inches of thread, it's too tight, loosen the screw. You know the tension is perfect when a quick, light tug of the thread releases a couple of inches of thread.

Jul 24, 2007 | Janome Hello Kitty 11706 Mechanical Sewing...

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