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Make and model not stated. Most machines have a dial for upper thread tension. Higher the number, the tighter the tension.

Bobbin tensions can also be adjusted, but it is not recommend that sewing novices attempt to adjust bobbin tension. (Bobbin tensions are very sensitive and a slight quarter-turn will usually make a big impact. Plus, one should know how to return it to its original position if/when things go awry.)

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Do I need to adjust bobbin tension when changing stiches


Usually one does not change bobbin tension. Adjusting the tension on the needle thread is all that is required.

It is sometimes necessary to change the bobbin tension but only when changing to an extremely fine, slick thread or to a very heavy, rough thread.

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consistent stitch length depends primarily on tension settings. there are 2 different tension settings on all machines. 1. upper thread tension. 2. bobbin thread tension. since these work together to create the correct stitch length+width, having either of these adjusted inappropriately can significantly impair stitch quality. "knowing' your machine has a lot to do with knowing how tight or loose the tension should be for BOTH settings. the settings will be different for each type of stitch, for each type of needle used, and for each type of thread used, meaning tensions will need to be re-adjusted after each change. in other words, the setting for a medium-width zig-zag with a size 10 needle using mercerized cotton thread to sew light-weight canvas will be completely different than the settings for a regular straight stitch using a size 8 ball tip needle using polyester thread to sew silky lingerie material.

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I'm sorry, but you will have to be more specific. There is a top and bottom tension. The top tension is adjusted using a dial of some kind, visible on your machine. It has numbers on it; generally the lower the number, the tighter the tension. The bobbin tension generally does not need adjusting, although it can be adjusted. Please write again to let me know what it is doing that leads you to believe the tension needs adjusting.

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I need to know how to adjust the bobbin tension on my euro-prox sewing machine.


There is a tiny screw on the side of the bobbin case.

Mark the **** (in the screw head) position on the bobbin case with tiny dab of nail polish so you will know where the original setting was.

Left/loose and right/tight.

If you are adjusting because the bottom stitching is loose/loopy, first try threading the machine with the presser foot up to see if this solves the problem.

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Tension is too tight on my sewing machine,,need to know the settings to go with which seam. singer 724 graduate


Hi. As a rule of thumb, once the tension is balanced on your machine, it shouldn't need adjusting. It's not something you adjust for each different type of seam or fabric (again, rule of thumb!). (Certain kinds of sewing, like free motion embroidery or when you use rayon thread, require particular tension adjustments, but for ordinary sewing, you shouldn't have to mess with the tension that often.
If the top tension is too tight, your top thread will be loose and basically just sitting on top of the fabric. You need to loosen it up so that the bobbin thread can pull the top thread down into the fabric.
Let me know if this helps, ok? I'm going to post a tip on adjusting tension so please check that out.
Happy Sewing!

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Gobbs of thread gather on backside of material, while front stitch is good...how do I correct this


Hi! Here are two things to check that generally cause problems like this:

1. Check that you're threading the machine correctly, especially the take-up lever.

2. It may be that you need to tighten the top tension. When the top tension is too loose, it'll cause big gobs of thread, like you say, on the back of the material. All this thread is actually top thread (not bobbin thread). (I recommend using different colored threads in your top thread and in your bobbin when you suspect tension problems.)

A couple of things to remember when you are adjusting the tension:
  • Always adjust the tension with the pressure foot DOWN.
  • Thread the machine with the pressure foot UP (so the thread can slip easily into the tension disks).
  • The higher the number on the dial, the tighter the tension.
  • Adjust in small increments. Stitch a few inches, check, adjust, stitch, check adjust--and repeat as needed.
I'm in the process of posting some photos about tension adjustments on www.robbiesews.blogspot.com. Check there later tonight and I should have them up.

Let me know if this helps, ok?


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Problems with thread tension.Cant grt any tension


It's probably assembled ok. If you're trying to adjust the tension with the pressure foot up, it won't work. The pressure foot needs to be down in order to adjust the tension.
Let me know if this works, ok?

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Go to this website page and it will help you. http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/eu/gb/en/faq/faqh/000000/000000/000044/faqh000044_001.html?reg=eu&c=gb&lang=en&prod=hf_inov700eeuk&Cat=52

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