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Bobbin stitch is loopy

I have re-threaded the bobbin and machine at least 20 times and the bobbin stitches are still loopy. What should the tension be set at? It is a Singer Touch-Tronic 2010

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4 is the "middle of the road" tension number, but it depends on the thickness of your fabric.

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