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Loose bottom stitch on brother se 350

The bottom stitch is loose when I sew. I already cleaned the bobbin case and rethreaded the bobbin. The tension is set on 4.What do I now?

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Hi, general rule of thumb:: loops on the top, problem on the bottom.. Loops on the bottom, problem is on the top.. When threading your machine, stop just before you thread your needle, put the presser foot down. Try pulling the thread. If it pulls easily, the thread is not thru the tension wheel right. If it pulls hard, you got it right.

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