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Set the bobbin by allowing it to hang from your finger while the thread goes under the tension. it should ride down the thread one inch when you bob it lightly. now, when this is done replace the bobbin. now, the objective is to get the top tension to equal the bobbin tension so the knot will go to the center of the fabric. this can start at a setting of three and be adjusted as necessary. the main objective is a tug of war between the top and the bottom so the knot will go to the center of the fabric.

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Bobbin thread showing on top of quilt. how do I adjust tension?


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Tension setting is trial and error. To learn choose two color threads same weight and manufacture. placing one in bobbin other top tread.

Set the lower tension to light. The lower tension has always been lower than the top.

Depending on needle size and material the upper needs to be set.

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Serger tension is off and I can't get it adjusted properly. I have a Necchi Lock machine that is 25 years old and it's been a gem. Do you know how to adjust the tension?


Do you still have the instruction manual for the machine? If you do, you get a great big gold star!

Unless this model has auto tension, there should be a tension knob or lever on each thread feed.

Open the tensions (set at zero). No access to the tension controls, raise the presser foot and this will open the tensions, if the controls are okay.

Re-thread the serger and then set the tension controls back to mid-range or lower the presser foot to re-set the auto tension function.

With the presser foot down, stitch a chain of threads and if they do not "knit" as the should - the serger needs to visit a repair shop.

Service for a serger usually begins around $100.

It could be just the timing needs to be adjusted.

If the tension controls need new springs or the controls needs to be replaced, this will add to the repair cost.

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Set the tension to zero and floss it with a piece of fabric or twill tape.

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If you set the tension from 3of 4 to 1 you actually lowered the tension. To increase the tension you must set the tension to 6 or higher. Be carefull not the set the bobbin case tension to tight as this will also have negative results

If suggest the following: First lower the bobbin case tension, half a turn. Then increase the top tension to 6 and see if there is any difference.

If you do this systematically you should rectify your problem.

Good Luck

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