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Birds nests under fabric and thread breaking.

Someone recently gave me an older Kenmore machine model and I am not sure how to set it up properly. The tension is set to 5 (on a scale of 1-10), but I keep getting birds nests under the fabric and top thread breaks frequently. I can't get a normal stitch going at all. I believe it is threaded properly, I looked at a diagram for that specific model online and followed it. HELP :)

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    my tension dial is almost zero and my stitches are loose on both sides offabric

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My manual says the needle thread tension is too loose , OR the needle is to fine/heavy for the thread being used.

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