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Got a Singer Esteem 1732 and the bobbin test shows it has no tension at all (which shows on the stitch)

The bobbin only has one screw. How do I make it tight? The stitch is completely loose in the bottom, and the machine is new (I had finished a project the day before, it was working fine)

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Normally loose bottom stitches indicate a problem with the needle thread tension not the bobbin. try removing top thread completely and then rethread machine with presser foot down, if you do it with foot raised auto tension will not function

Posted on Feb 17, 2014

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SOURCE: Bottom stitches loose

You don't want to adjust the bobbin tension, you'll want to try adjusting your stitch length, as well as the regulator tension.

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SOURCE: The bottom stitch on my Singer model 360 is loose,

You are adjusting the bobbin the wrong way, first make sure the top tension is about 4 or 5, slacken the bobbin tension off about a quarter of a turn at a time until you can just pul;l the thread through with slight resistence

Posted on Oct 25, 2009

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It probably means that there are threads inside that are preventing the machine from moving. The cover over the needle shaft is designed to be removed by the user for cleaning; it is held by one or two screws. If it's one screw, it's in the back; if it's two screws there is on on the side, which may be covered by a white disk for aesthetic reasons. Pop out the white disk by pressing on one side with a flat blade screwdriver; it will raise the other edge enough to grab. Once it's off, take a GOOD look at the thread path to see if there are any threads in there, and you can usually look sideways to see if there's any wrapped against the inside near the hand wheel. Also check to see if there's any below the bobbin case area--they could be there as well.

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Your bobbin tension needs adjusting, and although it is not hard to do and doesn't require that you take the machine apart, you MUST do it systematically. If you don't, you'll make things worse.

First, download the user's manual from the Singer site if you don't have one. On page 20, you'll see a discussion regarding tensions, and what improper tension looks like. Tension is a balance between the top and bobbin.

Then, using scrap fabric, set your top tension on Auto and make sure your needle is all the way up in the clamp. Run a line of straight stitches, and next to it, run a line of zigzag stitches, maybe four inches, and examine it. The illustration on that page will show you what your straight stitches SHOULD look like. If your zigzag stitches show one side that looks like "chicken tracks" but the other side looks like it should, the chicken tracks side is too tight. In your case, if the bobbin is too loose, the top will look like chicken tracks. It helps a lot to use two different thread colors, as well as a third for the fabric.

To adjust the bobbin tension, you will need a tiny straight blade screwdriver. If you have an indication that the bobbin side stitches are too loose, take the bobbin case out of the machine and locate two screws on the side. One is a Phillips--don't touch it. The one on the left of the Phillips is a straight-slot screw--that's the one you want. The saying is "lefty loosey, righty tighty." If your test indicates the bobbin tension is indeed too loose (which can happen over time), you need to tighten it by turning the screw 1/4 (ONLY) turn to the right (righty-tighty). Test again. You should see at least some improvement to indicate you're on the right track, and repeat--turning ONLY 1/4 turn--until your top and bottom tension are balanced. Don't forget to also test with a zigzag; I have adjusted bobbin tensions in the past that looked OK on the straight stitch, but the zigzag indicated I wasn't quite there yet.

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There are a couple of things to check. First, did you thread with the presser foot UP, so that proper tension is applied to the upper thread? Is your bobbin correctly inserted, and is your bobbin case inserted evenly and correctly? Review your user's manual--if you don't have it, you can download it free at the Singer website.

If you have done these things, you may need to adjust your bobbin tension. First, run a line of straight and then zigzag stitches on a scrap of fabric and take a look. It helps to have two different colors of thread, with the fabric a third color. If one side of the zigzag looks fine and the other side looks like "chicken tracks," the chicken tracks side is too tight. In other words, you need to determine whether your bobbin tension needs to be tighter or looser.

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For zig-zag decorative stitches lower the tension until the puckering stops. Usually the top thread will show on the bottom of the fabric.

If the tension is not changing when you turn the dial, make sure that the presser foot is down. The sewing machine may need repair. The tension mechanism depends on a spring and that can break. See the Singer site for a parts breakdown and contact your Singer dealer for the parts.

If the top and bottom fabric are not moving at the same rate, you can get a different type of puckering. You may want to get an even feed foot if there are several layers of fabric.

The manual for the 3116 is available from Singer: http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/438_3116.pdf .

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