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Tension button doesn't do anything

First, remove the top thread. ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and then rethread from the beginning. This allows the thread to seat in the tension disk. If the tension button still does not work, you should probably take it for service.

Mar 29, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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Bobbin thread is jamming machine

it indicates that you have a situation called " bird nesting" and that is a result of the needle thread tension being too loose
needle tension should be tight so that when you pull the thread to thread the needle you have to exert a bit of effort to pull the thread through the tension plates
you can adjust up or down from that feeling
thread thickness affects the tension and needle eye size also affects the tension as a small eye on large thread makes the thread movement hard indicating less tension or a big eye on a small thread affects the tension as the thread slips easily and needs more tension to pull the bobbin thread up to the centre of the material being sewn

Dec 20, 2016 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Hello the top left hand tension button is not holding tension,It seems as if it has lost a spring.any suggestions Thankyou

Could be there is a mechanical problem.

First, install a brand new needle.

Remove the thread. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. Set the tension dial at the midway point between the high & low numbers.

Retest. Adjust the tension dials to see if you can achieve the tension you would like.

If the tension dial does not have any affect on the thread tension, then it probably needs service.


Mar 16, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Front tenseness for the cotton dasen't vork

if the spring in the tension discs is not tightened correctly then the tension discs will be lose snd not provide the tension you need to sew.

Mar 25, 2014 | Sewing Machines

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I have a Kenmore sewing machine - 12 stitch model which I bought in the 70's. I am having a tension problem and can't seem to fix it. What is the normal setting for the top, and bottom?


Load your Kenmore sewing machine with the right thread and bobbin thread for your project. If you use the wrong weight thread for your fabric or severely uneven weights of thread, this can cause the appearance of a tension problem when it is, in fact, a thread weight problem or a problem with your sewing speed. If you go too fast, you will break the thread. If you go too slow, you can cause loops. Uneven pressure can cause stitches to vary greatly.

Test your Kenmore sewing machine's tension by sewing on a piece of scrap fabric. If your tension is way off, then test on some basic cotton or a firm blend simply to get your tension right. Do not try to start adjusting your tension on silk or leather. Get a base adjustment on a more standard fabric first.

Look at the top threads and bottoms threads. If the tension is off on one side, it will usually affect the other side slightly. So select the side that looks more maladjusted to start adjusting the tension.

If the top thread is too loose or too tight, you will need to adjust the tension dial. This dial is usually located a few inches above the needle on the Kenmore machine body. Usually, your machine will have markings to indicate which direction tightens the tension. If these have worn off over the years, watch the dial as you turn it. If it appears to move toward the machine body, then it is tightening.

If the bottom thread is too loose or too tight, then you will need to open the door to the bobbin case. On some Kenmore models, there is a little screw near the bobbin case that can be adjusted slightly to adjust the tension. On other Kenmore models, there is a screw on the bobbin case itself--not on the bobbin, but on the bobbin's casing. This will also adjust the bottom thread tension. Adjust the bobbin thread tension to make slight changes.

If the thread is looping severely on one side, the thread weights might be off. For instance, look to see if you have a lightweight thread on the bobbin and a heavyweight one on the top. If the thread keeps breaking, the top tension or bottom tension could be too tight or the thread is too lightweight for the material you have selected. Check your combination of threads and material. Also make sure you are using the right weight needle and the right foot for the sewing step or project you are working on.

If your Kenmore sewing machine's tension is off severely or if you have not used your Kenmore in a long time, then you might need to take your machine in to be serviced. Sometimes, the inner parts need to be oiled or the entire machine might need to be cleaned and calibrated by a professional. If you sew a great deal or if your machine sits idle a lot, both situations will usually require some servicing to keep your Kenmore sewing machine and its tension in perfect working condition.

Jul 11, 2011 | Kenmore 15358

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Hi, What steps do I need to take to correct loops on the underside of the fabric. I have changed the needle, re-threaded the machine, switched the bobbin

Looping on the underside is usually your top thread coming through as its not under tension correctly. So rethread the top of the machine carefully, checking your threading diagram in the manual and checking the thread is going between the tension discs carefully.

You also should clean between the tension discs regularly as thread sheds dye particles and fine fibres and this will build up with time. Turn tension dial to zero, then carefully slide in the selvage edge of a piece of waste cotton and slide it back and forwards between the discs carefully to remove any buildup.

Now turn tension dial back to the medium number, usually 4 or 5 is the recommended setting, and rethread top and bottom as per your manual threading diagram, and try again.

There is good general machine maintenance and threading information at, however if the above fails to improve the situation, then perhaps the top tension device has failed and needs replacing.

Mar 09, 2011 | Kenmore 19233 Computerized Sewing Machine

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Needle thread tension is too tight even at minimum

if you are routing the thread through the round button-like guide on top, you are not supposed to.

Feb 27, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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Viking Designer 1 balleds / Birdnest / issues after repaired from Husk service center in midwest - replaced thread needle and adjusted tension .. freequilting and embroidery situations

birdsnest refers to a mess of thread on the underside of fabric when you start sewing (after a few stitches all looks good). if this is the case and it is happening during embroidery, switch off jump stitch thread cutting.

if it happens at the start of normal sewing, either hold your needle thread when you start sewing or make sure the needle thread is under the presser foot and held by the presser foot when you start sewing. this way you will have an inch or so of thread on top of your fabric which you can trim instead of a mess underneath.

if there is a mess underneath for more than first few stitches, either your check spring in the needle tension area is set incorrectly, or your needle tension is set too loose (adjustable in sevice menu by tech only) or there is foreign matter caught in tension assembly preventing proper tension.


Jul 26, 2009 | Husqvarna Sewing Machines

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