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I have a Brothers XL-3200 which works great but then the bottom thread will bunch up, amass, thread will wind around the bobbin and lock up the machine. It can also break the needle. Can you help me??

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Your thread tension needs adjustment.

Most likely it is the lower thread tension (not the upper thread tensioner).

When sewing very thin or very heavy material - it is required to adjust the lower tension as well.

To regulate the lower thread tension - turn the small screw on the tension spring of the bobbin case with a small screwdriver.

To increase tension - turn it clockwise SLIGHTLY.


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The bobbin tension should have 1/4 - 3/4 ounce of drag. The thread should JUST be able to hang the bobbin without it sliding down the thread. If it slides, it's too loose. If you need to pull it down with more than 1 ounce of pressure, it's too tight. You will have to play with it if you don't have a pull scale.

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