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White sewing machine #1418 tension dial needs re assembled

I loaned to my friend my White sewing machine #1418 and she disassembled tension dial by accident. I need to re assemble. Anybody have schematics? or suggestions?

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Sorry but there is no way to explain how to re-assemble the tension mech on here, you need to be actually shown or have someone do it for you. It is very fiddly and needs to be exact, can I suggest you get in touch with a sewing machine tech who(at cost) will sort you out.
Sorry I cannot be of any further help.

Posted on Mar 29, 2008

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Please, tell me, is the main spintle, still on the machine, or it came off with the rest of the parts?

If you can put the tension parts, the one next to the other in front of the machine, and upload a photo for me, it will be very easy to explain how to put them back.

Posted on May 30, 2008

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The best that I can do for you is to tell the order in which the parts go back into place. You have three disks that are similar and a fourth disk with a bar coming out of it. Put the three disks closest to the machine and the fourth disk with the bar on it on the outside and the bar goes into the hole in the sewing machine. Before you push these parts onto the tension bar, you have to take the check spring (loopy spring thing) and sandwhich these four parts in between the loop of the check spring. As you are putting this into the machine, there is a sprocket type of assembly that engages the spring. Once this is in place, you have a cup shaped piece, then a beehive shaped spring, then a washer with a bar through the middle of it and a point (the point should go to the lower part of the bar). Then comes the silver wheel, then the number wheel is attached to that. I hope this helps you.

Should you need to purchase any parts for your machine, I do have them all available on

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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Hi! This might be a tension issue, but it also could be caused by the needle. For stretchy fabric you need to use a stretch needle or at the least, a ballpoint needle. (see my tip about which needle to use).

Let me know if this solves the problem, ok?

Happy Sewing!


Posted on Mar 05, 2010

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If you have taken the hook out that is the half moon shape first of all make sure the needle is at the top of the machine, hook in, gate up and that is all there is to it.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010

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If you have taken the hook out that is the half moon shape first of all make sure the needle is at the top of the machine, hook in, gate up and that is all there is to it.

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Hi. Needles come in standardized sizes, depending on what weight and type of fabric you want to sew. Your White 1418 should take any needles designed for home sewing. Check out

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I need a manual for this machine- White 1418 sewing machine

go to and in the drop menu pick instruction manuals then in the model number put in w 1418 and it will bring up a free manual. I lost my manual and a friend suggested this and it worked good luck

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