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Adjusting the bottom tension on a 1938 singer featherweight

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I recently brought out my machine to oil it and use it to quilt - after oiling the machine the bottom tension thread is too tight - how do I solve the issue. Please help!

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If the bottom tension is too tight, the problem lies with your top thread. Lower your top thread tension and it should rectify your problem

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