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Top thread tension tight

Even though I've set it at 0 it's still too tight, apparently and straight stitches don't look right, just a line on top of the seam. Zig-zags don't zig correctly, look more like a sick feather stitch.

I have a 1980's era model 1690 Sears Kenmore

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  • jgrosen Mar 12, 2009

    when I've had that problem it was due to incorrect threading of the top thread,
    Georgia


  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    I follow the directions in the manual but always get the top stitch instead of the bottom one

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March 12, 2009

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i have started using my machine again (after several years) and am doing patchwork.. all has been fine, and suddenly the bottom thread (bobbin) is looping. i've adjusted the tension nob from 4 (where i had it) to 5...back to 4.. 41/2....3 1/2....5 1/2... on and on and the bottom thread still keeps looping.
i've read and re-read the manual...and the only suggestion it gives is to adjust the tension button.
it's not working...... what else can i try??
thanks
eva

Posted on Mar 12, 2009

  • VeeVeeV Mar 13, 2009

    I have the threading in correctly...
    I have out the tension setting at 7 and now it's working fine...
    e.


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