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When I start to sew, the thread gets bunched up around the hook race unit

I've taken the hook race unit apart and reassembled, my bobbin is correct, but it keeps getting stuck and won't run

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Adjust the upper thread tension as this indicates the thread is not pulling the bottom thread up tight

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