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Singer 8280 lower thread tension not consistent and not even

The bottom thread of all the fabric/projects I am trying to sew are not even and it comes out with extra thread...I tried to adjust all the setting of teh tension and still not working properly, Please help I am trying to finish my daughter's bday dress.

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Clean the lint out with canned air (best thing going) then I hope the tension is still back to where it was.never change this with out going back to the first setting and keeping it noted so you know where the problem is not. try changing the needle it may be bent

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