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Tension what is each dial for... i cannot set the tension right

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Can't get the tension set right. bumps on top


Means thread is way too loose. Up tension dial number until the thread just skims the surface of the fabric.

Feb 16, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Adjust thread and bobbin tension


These are the instructions in the manual:
Adjusting the Thread Tension
Balanced thread tension:
Small amount of the needle thread shows on the wrong side of the fabric.
When the needle thread tension is too tight:
The bobbin thread shows on the right side of the fabric. Reduce the tension by turning the tension dial to a lower number.
When the needle tension is too loose:
The needle thread forms loops and the stitches look shaggy.
Increase the tension by turning the dial to a higher number.

However, if you have recently changed the needle check that it is pushed right up in the slot. Other thing that springs to mind is making sure that the bobbin thread is correctly placed in the bobbin, and that the chamber is not full of lint and threads.

Feb 06, 2015 | Janome Memory Craft 5700

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How do I set the tension on my JANOME 3434D serger?


Begin by setting all 4 dials on "3" which is the default setting on this model (often "5" on other machines). If a beginner, it would be best to thread the machine with four different colour threads according to the colours indicated on the tension dials (yellow, red, blue &green) so that it is easier to see how each thread responds as you adjust the dials. The two lower dials are for the loopers & must be adjusted until the upper & lower loops meet on the cut edge of the fabric - if below the edge: tighten the left dial & loosen the right dial (& visa-versa) just a fraction at a time. The two upper tension dials are for the needles: if too loose, loops form underneath the fabric below each needle, & if too tight the lower threads will show through to the upper side of your fabric where it is pierced by the needle. Good luck!

Jan 18, 2015 | Janome Sewing Machines

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What is the tension settings for normal over locking with the Elna 4de


First of all ensure that the serger is threaded correctly.

The two setting which you mention are really a 'range' for an 'average' setting.

Using 'average' fabric such as a medium weight cotton, flannel, etc.; set each of the tensions in the middle of the range and test the stitch. There may be minor adjustment required to get a perfect stitch.

Once you have stitched that first sample, here are some possible minor adjustments required:
1. Tear-drop shaped loops on the underside: Check that the thread is firmly set in the tension dial by giving the needle threads a good snug pull above the tension dials while the presser foot is down.

2. The zig-zag like thread on top should meet the ziz-zag like thread on the underside right on the fabric cut edge. If the meeting happens on top: reduce the upper looper tension slightly and increase the lower looper tension slightly ... test sew and recheck. If the meeting is on the underside: increase the upper looper tension slightly and decrease the lower looper tension slightly ... test sew and recheck.

3. If the meeting does happen along the fabric cut edge but the meeting is hanging beyond the fabric cut edge: increase the blade position (that is, move the blade to the right). If the fabric is creating a ridge or tunnel; move the blade to the left slightly.

Please let me know if this has solved your problem. Otherwise let me know what is happening with the stitch quality.

Sep 16, 2014 | Sewing Machines

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On my elna 6004, why is my ziz zag stitch loose and sloppy?? I have read thread it, cleaned feed dog out, changed threads, changed needles..?


Possible causes:
top tension dial set too low
top tension dial not working at all
top thread not seated into top tension discs
top thread hasn't been threaded up correctly, missing out the tension discs or take up lever

Most likely your top tension device is either set too low, or gunked up and not working right or has actually failed. Can you access the tension discs? If so, turn dial to zero and 'floss' between the discs with the selvage edge of a clean piece of waste cotton fabric and see if any black stuff comes out. If so, continue until it comes out clean. Turn back to 5 or the marked normal setting.

Now thread up again from top spool down to tension, through take up lever, then down to the eyelet just above the needle. Lower the pressure foot to engage tension then pull on the thread downwards. Is it hard to pull? If not, then the tension dial is faulty and you'll need to get the machine serviced.

If this feels firm and hard to pull, then take a look at the lower thread tension but this shouldn't normally need any altering (unless you've adjusted it previously for some reason and not reset it to normal setting). Check thread is fully into the tension spring, bobbin is in the right way and bobbin case is in fully in the correct position.

If you look at the zig zag stitiching you've done, can you identify if the loose thread is the top one? If you use two different coloured threads for troubleshooting, this often makes it a bit easier to see what's happening, just make sure they are the same weight and brand of thread if you do this.

I hope this helps you to identify the problem and fix it. But if you suspect that the top thread tension device is just not tensioning the thread even if you turn the dial right up to 7, then you'll need to get the machine serviced as the dial could well be faulting.

Sep 26, 2011 | Elna 2007 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Lower thread breaking on lower looper ( green code) It won't sew over seams breaks everytime I rethread it


has the cone of thread at the back got caught up? this sounds like your thread is being caught and not feeding freely through the tension guides. Check the thread cones are okay and that the thread is pulling freely off the most right hand cone (lower looper). Also this thread dial should be set to the same tension setting as the next dial to the left for the top looper. Other possibility is that the tension disc itself has become gummed up or dirty with thread lint or dirt. Turn thread dial to zero and clean between the discs be rubbing the selvage edge of a piece of fabric between the discs gently. Now return tension to 5 or normal setting and try again.

Mar 28, 2011 | Janome MyLock 204D Mechanical Sewing...

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UNDER THREAD NOT CATCHING


Hi, This is a threading problem.
When you thread the machine, to make sure it is right in the top tension, thread as far as the take-up lever and stop.
Set the presser foot down, turn the top tension dial to zero, and then to 3 or 5. While turn the dial, pull the thread some to see if it tightens up as the dial increases in numbers.
After the thread comes out of the tension discs, it should then go through the check spring, then up to the take-lever.
The needle is correct and thread from the inside out, meaning right to left.

Hope this helps for now..

Take care

Feb 18, 2010 | Tacsew 20U43 Sewing Machine

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Thread tension for Brother XL 2230.


If you have pattern dials set correctly then I might guess that one or more sets may have been missed when the thread was being set up in the machine. most of these models show either arrows or numbers for each or way the thread needs to be routed.

Apr 26, 2009 | Brother XL-2230 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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JANOME RX18S


If it was sewing correctly BEFORE the needle break...why did the needle break in the first place?...and what fixes did you make?
If it sewed properly...what changed?

Cut your upper thread close to the spool...make sure the presser foot is raised and pull the cut off thread section through/out of the machine from the needle area (sewing direction...do not pull the thread backwards!)

Clean out the bobbin area...remove any traces of lint or pieces of thread...look for any broken off needle pieces... brush the bobbin area out....then add a drop of sewing machine oil (but only if your manual says to oil that area).

Remove the needle plate to expose the feed dogs...brush/clean out that area too and add a drop of sewing machine oil...then secure the needle plate back on.
Replace the needle...do it again...yup...some needles arrive bad from the factory. Make sure the needle is inserted and positioned properly. Then thread the machine WITH the presser foot in raised position. (The thread needs to get seated into the upper tensions.)
..with the.presser foot down...thread the new needle.
Oh...and use the correct needle for the thread. (a universal 80/12 is standard).
Thread can cause issues too. Try a different bobbin, or maybe a different spool of thread to see if that makes a difference.

Mar 25, 2017 | Janome Memory Craft 9500 Computerized...

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