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Hi there,
sewing machine have a common setting set up you can follow this figue to make us easy understanding.
I want to know how to thread a Bernina 1020 sewing - a13c5f6.jpg
also the bobbins wind should be counter clockwise as shown

286be99.jpg insert thsi to shuttle,then set adjustment on dial tension to #3 to #4
stitch to #12 this can bedone on trial cotton fabri have a nice day don't forget to rate me

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raise the presser foot then check to see if the disc in the center of the top tension is sort of loose as you try to move it slightly/
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