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Sears Kenmore sewing machine model number 15358 tension issues

I've adjust the bobbin tension all the way to make it as tight as it will go.
Still the bobbin tread (bottom stitch) is too loose.
I've adjusted the top thread tension wheel to 8 or 9 and it still is too loose.
The topstitch looks good.
Bottom stitch seems to lay on the fabric surface ....isn't being pulled into the fabric barely if at all.
What am I doing wrong.
I'm using the needle that came with the machine (size 14)
The fabric is a cotton dinner napkin scrap.
Help anyone?

thanks,
cj

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  • burnsbart53 Apr 16, 2009

    I tried this tension test. It was as you said it should be.
    loose before the pressure foot was raised. I set the tension setting on 5. Also decided to loosen the bobbin screw a tad. I had it tightened as far as it would go.
    Still appears to be doing the same thing. Bottom thread still sitting on surface.
    Also am noticing the row of test stitches I did are not perfectly straight. Some are a bit out of line. Weird huh?

    help anyone?

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    O i'll try that and let you know what happened.

    Thankyou,

    Carol Jane

  • burnsbart53 Apr 18, 2009

    It appears to have helped a bit

    I still will need to fiddle with that bobbin screw to get it right (I think).

    The machine only cost me $99.99 plust tax and shipping. So it's not the top o'the line. Maybe I should have spent more money if I expected more expert results.



    I'll work on getting the settings just right and will decide if in the end it's good enuff.



    thanks for all you advise. It was helpful.



    Carol Jane



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#14 needle is way big for cotton napkin scrap. a #10 is good for most lightweight fabric. #14 is for sewing denim or levis, like that.

the tension problems on almost all machines regardless of price usually fall on the upper tension. the lower bobbin tension is factory set and it's rare you should ever need to mess with it.

if you have a drop in bobbin (top loading), tighten the adjustment screw all the way and then back it off 1/4 turn. if your machine uses a shuttle bobbin, tighten the adjustment screw all the way and then back it off in 1/4-turn increments until you can hold it in the air like a yo-yo and cause to bobbin case to fall slightly dipping your hand.

A dull needle and stitch length will also mess up your stitch. The idea is to narrow the problem down to one thing and one thing only -- UPPER THREAD TENSION.

So, if you have the right size needle for the job, with the right thread, and if your stitch length selection is correct (usually between 2 and 3 or 8-to-10 stitches per inch, the problem should be with your upper thread tension.

An easy way to fix this then is to remember: Loops on top, upper tension drop. Loops below, upper tension grow. If you get loops on top of your work, lower (drop) your upper thread tension to a lower number. If you get loops on the bottom, raise the upper thread tension.

Different stitches on the same machine will require different upper thread tension settings. Don't be afraid of it. Just remember the pneumonic: loops on top, tension drop, loops below, tension grow -- referring to upper thread tension.

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  • John Free Apr 17, 2009

    loosen the bobbin tension screw some more. It is too tight.
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