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Adjusting tension when stippling

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Thanks a lot for solving my problem with the presser foot. Now, do I disengage the feeddogs or not...Also, the top tension looks okay when set at 3 on Pfaff 7550, but back of the quilt doesn't...I see loops, should I adjust the bobbin tension, which I have never done before and if yes, can you tell me how...
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    Sylvie Bernard Feb 01, 2009

    Thank you so much again for your help. Going to the sewing room to try it out. Will keep you posted.

    Sylvie

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Yes you should lower the feed dogs for free motion sewing. The tension can be set higher as required. A perfectly tuned up machine uses a setting of 5 but don't be afraid to go higher to get rid of the looping on the bottom.
Also, oil your hook every 8hrs with Pfaff hook oil (which is lighter weight than regular sewing machine oil) if you have it, otherwise use white sewing machine oil. Looping on the bottom can be caused by a dry hook.
good luck!

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Is your top thread not pulling the bobbin thread up? This would be top tension too loose. FYI--be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the upper thread so it will seat properly in the tension disks.

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teeth...remove the needleplate and clean out the lint which may look like felt in extreme cases. or... the presser foot tension is too low, in which case, increase tension...there will be a knob of some sort at the top
of the machine directly above the Presser Foot Shaft. It is a remote possibility that the feeddog height needs adjusting ...it will have been a major trauma of a severe
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