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Can't get the loops out of the bottom. My manual does not indicate witch way the numbers run to tighten the tension higher or lower? No matter what I do it doesn't get any better,I have compleatly rethreaded the thing 4 times (Not Fun. )Help, I have a project that must be done befire I head back to work Monday

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Loops on bottom means upper tension or threading is wrong

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Yellow thread on serger is looping above fabric. How do I tighten the tension so the loop is not so large?

Move the tension on that thread to a higher number. That will tighten it.

P.S.--if you are having tension problems, check to make sure the thread is fully seated in the tension disk. When threading, be sure to always RAISE the presser foot and give each thread an extra little tug when going through the tension disk. Sometimes, you will even hear it pop when it seats.

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Advice on how do I adjust tension

I don't have a Janome, but in general
if your seam has extra loops at the top
looks like ^-^-^-^
loosen the upper tension a bit and tighten the bobbin tension a bit.

If the extra loops are at the bottom
sort of like \/-\/-\/-
do the opposite - tighten the upper tension a bit and loosen the bobbin tension a bit.

The upper tension is easy; it's usually a dial with +/- numbers. The bobbin may be more difficult. For mine, it's a screw on the side of the bobbin case. A web search seems to indicate Janome is the same.

Practice on scraps of the same weight and use the same thread you're using on your project until you get the tension right.

good luck

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Silver 302 sewing machine

If it is your top thread looping then the top thread is too loose and you need to tighten the top tension. Usually the higher the number the tighter the thread. If it is the lower thread looping to the top then try loosening the top thread first by lowering your tension number. If this doesnt work then depending on whether or not you have a separate bobbin case, which has a small flat screw 3-4mm diameter which can be turned by the flat of your thumbclockwise to tighten, if looping and anticlockwise to losen. Normally only the top tenison needs to be fiddled with. If you have to change the lower(bobbin) then one way of checking a good tension is to let the bobbin drop whilst holding the thread and it should drop comfortably with a small pull on the thread a little bit like operting a yoyo:)

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Thread loops while I sew

i should know whether the loop is upside or downward, its opposite tension adjustment , if the loop is downward position, tighten the upper thread tension , if the loop is upward then tighten the lower bobbin tension

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My stitches are to loose

Generally loose stitches often means you forgot to lower the presser foot. It's really easy to forget when you are sewing thicker fabrics.

Barring that it sounds like your tensions need to be adjusted. Try to remember "loops on bottom... tighten top tensions" "Loops on top, loosen top tension."

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Singer 160 bottom tension problems

tighten the little screw on the bobbin carrier... a little at a time.

are you sure it's the bottom tension? Loose top tension will make loops on the bottom side of the seam.

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I bought a White Family Rotary sewing machine made in 1909. While cleaning it up, I unscrewed part of the tension assembly on the face plate not knowing that these can be very difficult to get back...


  • Set up your sewing machine on a table with good lighting available. Plug in the electrical cord. Insert a new needle into the shaft on the needle bar and tighten the thumb screw to secure the needle. The needle bar is the area on the shaft where the assembly for the needle thumb screw is located.
  • Step 2 Thread your sewing machine according to the manufacturer's directions. This requires slipping the thread through various retaining and tensioning loops to allow for the proper drag while sewing. There is usually one loop at the top to go through first, then a second above the thread tension knob. Bring the thread into the tension knob area and pick up the loop of the tension wire. Bring the thread back to the next upper thread loop and then down to the needle bar where you thread the needle.
  • Step 3 Wind a bobbin with the thread that you intend to use. You may have to partially unthread your machine to do this. Make sure there is tension on the thread while you are winding it so that the thread winds properly. Insert the bobbin in the bobbin case and place it in the shuttle race then draw up the thread with the needle thread to prepare to sew. The shuttle race is located in the lower body of the machine under where the needle enters the throat plate.
  • Step 4 Cut a scrap of fabric from the fabric you intend to use for this project, at least 12 inches long and 4 inches wide. Double the thickness of your scrap by folding it in half lengthwise. Insert your scrap under the sewing foot and lower the foot into position. Sew a seam approximately 6 inches long then remove the scrap to check the stitches. If the stitches are loose on the bottom, adjust the tension knob to a higher number for more tension. This is done by turning the knob so that the indicator mark moves to a higher number. If the threads are loose on the top you will need to make the opposite maneuver.
  • Step 5 Sew more seams on your scrap, stopping to check your thread tension for your stitches until you have stitches on top and on bottom with no discernible looseness.

  • Please post your feedback and Vote if the problem resolved as per your satisfaction.

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