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What should my tension be for my machine to run properly?

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Upper tension dial should be set at 4 or 5 any more and your bobbin case tension is off you can loose or tightenthe screw on the bobbin case but only do small turns

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

  • bbragg77 Jul 14, 2009

    upper tension dial should be set at 4 or 5 any more and your bobbin case tension is off you can loose or tightenthe screw on the bobbin case but only do small turns

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Try sewing but bottom thread on fabric is crumpING UP


needle thread tension is not adjusted up properly tighten the setting until you have resistance when you pull the thread to thread the needle

Oct 02, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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I have Bernia 180. The bottom thread is puckering. Top thread is perfect. I cannot find help in manual. Please help


Check that the bobbin is inserted turning the proper direction in the bobbin case and that the thread is threaded correctly through the tension control on the bobbin case.

Make sure the upper thread is threaded correctly. The factory standard upper tension setting is midway between high & lower number although this may need to be tweaked for your particular machine.

If the machine is still pulling the bobbin thread too tight, you can try tightening the upper thread tension. If it still isn't resolved, you may need to loosen the bobbin tension.

You might also want to check the presser foot pressure on your machine. That generally needs adjustment when changing from thicker to thinner fabric and vice versa.

Manual: BERNINA artista 180 Support BERNINA

Bobbin Tension How and Why Tension is Adjusted

Understanding Bobbin Tension

Understanding Thread Tension Threads

How can properly adjust my tension

Sewing Lesson 10 How to Fix Tension on Your Sewing Machine

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Oct 02, 2016 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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Sewing makes huge loops on the bottom of the cloth


The loops on the bottom mean there's very little tension on the top thread.

Back to the loopies.... Somewhere on your machine, there's a tension mechanism. On older machines, it's circular and has (usually) a numbered dial. On newer machines, it may just appear as a slot with a dial someplace with numbers 0-9 on it. In either case, the thread has to go between two metal disks, which are the tension elements. In order to get the thread in properly, you must raise the presser foot, which opens the disks. Then you can "floss" the thread in. Not raising the presser foot during threading is, in my experience, the most common cause of bottom loopies.

Other common causes of loopies:
--Trying to sew with the presser foot in the raised position (this usually happens when you're brand new to sewing or you're trying to sew something thick that just barely fits under the presser foot -- and you forget to lower the presser foot after you've put the fabric under.

--Changing the setting on the upper tension dial. 4 to maybe 5 should give you proper tension for most types of sewing. Sometimes (often helpful, knob-twiddling family members) reset it to a much lower number.

--Cruddlies in the tension -- impacted lint, a bit of broken thread, rust, This is usually curable by taking a fold of much-washed cotton muslin (the hem of a pillowcase or a bandanna is great for this), moistening it with rubbing alcohol, and flossing the tension with it. If you get rust out, you'll need a replacement tension (they're not all that expensive, mostly). In some cases, the machine was abused by running something like #69 upholstery nylon thread through it (it's too heavy for most home machines) and the disks are damaged and need replacement.

--The thread is too heavy for the size of needle. This happens when you're trying to run something like topstitching thread with a small sized needle. The thread doesn't sit down in the long groove of the needle properly, and so lacks tension.

Jul 08, 2012 | Brother PC-420

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I have Kenmore model 38512102990. I'm having trouble with the thread bunching up when I changed the bobbin, and then the thread gets all twisted up around the bobbin and I can't sew.


Hello

You are probably threading the machine incorrectly. Re-thread the machine very carefully as per your instruction manual.

If the problrm persists then You have a thread tension adjustment problem here

There is a tension adjustment knob this is usually located at a point in the thread's travel approximately half way down the sewing machine's head and the point where the thread is looped into a "tension spring"

It is at that point that you need to do your adjustment,tighten it slightly and make a pass of some trash cloth through the machine,if the thread's knotting up has improved adjust a little more test again until the proper tension is set

It should be fairly evident once you start this process if the tension needs to be slightly tighter or slightly looser you may even have to "tweak" this setting slightly once you have the actual project material into it's run because the type of material and the thickness of the needle's pass will have a lot to do with the necessary tension setting.The thread should "lock" at the back side of the material passing thru the machine to have the proper tension setting

Jul 23, 2011 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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The thread bunches on the underside of the fabric


Hello

You have a thread tension adjustment problem here

At some point in the threads travels to the needle,there is a tension adjustment knob--- this is usually located at a point in the thread's travel approximately half way down the sewing machine's head and the point where the thread is looped into a "tension spring" ---- it is at that point that you need to do your adjustment----- tighten it slightly and make a pass of some trash cloth thru the machine--- if the thread's knotting up has improved--- adjust a little more--- test again until the proper tension is set !!! It should be fairly evident once you start this process if the tension needs to be slightly tighter or slightly looser--- you may even have to "tweak" this setting slightly once you have the actual project material into it's run--- because the type of material and the thickness of the needle's pass will have a lot to do with the necessary tension setting--- the thread should "lock" at the back side of the material passing thru the machine to have the proper tension setting !!!

Hope this helps you

Jul 15, 2011 | PfaFF Sewing Machines

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Needle only moves a little and then beeps saying needle up when the peddle is pushed. Machine will not run.


Good day Po!!!

Sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
TROUBLE;UPPER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
This could be trouble; >Do this;
1.Top tension to tight >loosen tension 1 turn
2.Machine improperly threaded >check threading
3.Thread twisted on guide post > "
4.Thread twisted out of tension > "
5.Take up spring bent or broken >Check action of spring
6.Thread jumped off pull off finger >Check threading
7.Needle bent or burred >new needle
8.Bad cone of thread >try another cone
TROUBLE;LOWER THREAD KEEPS BREAKING;
1.Bobbin tension spring to tight >Loosen tension slightly
2.Bobbin threaded wrong >check threading
3.Bobbin wound to tight or uneven >try new bobbin
4.lint or thread on bobbin case >clean inside case
5.Lint or thread inside hook >clean inside hook
6.Bobbin case nicked bent or burred >check/change case
TROUBLE;MACHINE STARTED SKIPPING STITCHES;
1.Needle bent or burred >change
2.Needle set in crooked >Check
3.Thread jumped off take up spring >check threading
4.Thread jumped off pull off finger >check threading
TROUBLE STITCHES SHOWING LOOPS;
1.Forming loops on top of cloth >Tighten bobbin tension
or loosen top tension.
2.forming loops on bottom of cloth >Tighten top tension
3.Bobbin placed in case incorrectly >remove and replace
4.Bobbin thread slipped from under >check threading of
tension >bobbin case
5.Lint or thread in top tension >clean between tension discs


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Jul 08, 2011 | Husqvarna Viking 1

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Needle thread looping underneath, threads not interlocking at all


If the machine is now threaded, lift the presser foot.

Now, pull about 10" of thread through the needle.

The next time you thread the machine, lift the presser foot first.

When the presser foot is up, the tension control opens and allows the thread to "seat" into the control, then when the foot is down the control closes to the indicated setting.

When threading the machine with the foot is down, thread does not enter the tension control and when you start to sew, there is no tension on the thread.

No tension = loosey, goosey, loopy stitches underneath.

Because the lack of tension on the top thread, the bobbin thread cannot lock a proper stitch.

Mar 10, 2010 | PfaFF Quilt & Craft Pro 7530

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Bobbin tension?


Try threading the machine with the presser foot up to see if this will solve the problem.

When a sewing machine is threaded with the presser foot down, the thread cannot properly enter the tension. No tension control of the top thread and it cannot form a satisfactory stitch.

You might be able to find a manual for your machine at sewusa.com

Mar 01, 2010 | Toyota Sewing Machines

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The tension is off. What is the proper setting?


Between 4 - 6 should be the normal setting.

Sometimes threading is a bigger issue - always thread sewing machines with the presser foot up.

When you do this, then tension opens and allows the thread to enter where it can be properly guided to the needle.

If a sewing machine is threaded with the presser foot down, the tension control is closed to the sewing setting and the thread cannot enter as it should resulting in the tension having no control of the flow of the thread to the needle.

Feb 20, 2010 | Bernina Bernette 75

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When trying to sew with my PFAFF 2030 (NEW) the thread bunches up under the material. I have tried ajusting the tension many time but still does it.


The thread bunching under the fabric is generally an indication that the upper thread is not seated properly between the tension disks.
  1. Completely remove the thread from the machine/threading path.
  2. Raise the presser bar lifter to the up position. This releases the tension disks, ensuring that the thread will seat itself properly when you again lower the presser foot.
  3. Rethread the machine, including the needle.
  4. Grasp the thread at the spool and where it comes out of the needle. Give it a little tug and "floss" is through the thread path - as you'd floss your teeth back and forth. You should feel tension on the thread.
  5. If you feel no tension/pressure on the thread, double-check to make sure the thread is between the tension disks (not outside of them).
  6. If thread is seated properly between the disks and no tension, there may be a mechanical issue that is causing the tension disks to not close properly.
  7. Also make sure the bobbin thread is turning in the proper direction and that the thread tail is under the tension of the bobbin case.
Hope this helps - don't hesitate to respond with further questions. We're always happy to help.

Happy stitching,
Kim & Linnette
www.sewingexpressions.com

Oct 21, 2008 | PfaFF Tiptronic 2030

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