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When making a straight stitch or Zigzag stitch, makes loops underneath the fabric This is for a Singer sewing machine model 5817c

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Your top tensioner is too loose.make sure the thread runs through all the relevant eyes and then tighten the top tension little by little as you do a sample few stitches.

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Your bobbin tension needs adjusting, and although it is not hard to do and doesn't require that you take the machine apart, you MUST do it systematically. If you don't, you'll make things worse.

First, download the user's manual from the Singer site if you don't have one. On page 20, you'll see a discussion regarding tensions, and what improper tension looks like. Tension is a balance between the top and bobbin.

Then, using scrap fabric, set your top tension on Auto and make sure your needle is all the way up in the clamp. Run a line of straight stitches, and next to it, run a line of zigzag stitches, maybe four inches, and examine it. The illustration on that page will show you what your straight stitches SHOULD look like. If your zigzag stitches show one side that looks like "chicken tracks" but the other side looks like it should, the chicken tracks side is too tight. In your case, if the bobbin is too loose, the top will look like chicken tracks. It helps a lot to use two different thread colors, as well as a third for the fabric.

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