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How do I adjust the tension?. Bottom thread is loopy and top thread is loose and almost looks zig zag.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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I had the same problem and it was so frustrating! It was happening to me because I wasn't using the right size needle. Go up a couple of needle sizes and see if that helps.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

SOURCE: Tension problem Bottom thread is loopy and sloppy

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Posted on Aug 15, 2008

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your manual (download)

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Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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SOURCE: thread loopy on top

General rule of thumb::
loops on the bottom, problem on the top.
loops on the top, problem on the bottom.

It sounds like your bobbin thread is not thru the little tensioner in the bobbin compartment.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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SOURCE: lower thread tension very loose

is the bobbin threaded correctly? the screw on the bobbin case is the point to adjust its tension.

Posted on Jun 02, 2010

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The bottom stitch is affected by the TOP thread tension :) First go back and make sure your bobbin tension is correct since you adjusted it. It should drop slightly when held suspended by danging it by the thread. If it reels out to the floor it is too loose. If it doesn't drop at all it is too tight.

Now that you have that adjusted look at your top tension. If it is loopy on the bottom side of the stitch the TOP tension is too loose. Increase the top tension.

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