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Uneven thread tension in same line of stitches

I've just bought a Brother XL2230 sewing machine (I'm a beginner, but have tried to make sure I've read the manual etc before setting it up). The problem is that I can't get the thread tension right - it's either too loose or too tight on the top, even in the same line of stitches. I am using Gutermann thread, which I thought was quite good and which I bought in the fabric shop, and the needle is the one that came with the machine so should be brand new. The fabric I'm using is like curtain fabric, so a bit heavier than cotton, but not as heave as canvas or denim.
Help! I'm really trying to keep enthusiastic about my new purchase, but it's driving me nuts!

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Can u showe me a visial on how to thread

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Why is the bobbin thread looping and catching on my sewing machine? The stitches are uneven, too.

Hi Sylvia,
Your problem is an un-matched tension of the threads. You mentioned doing an adjustment recently. That is the problem area.
If your bobbin thread develops loops on the top side of the fabric, you need to tighten the bobbin tension.
There is no easy method for this and you will have to do it slowly -
tighten, test, re-tighten, test.... until you get a near perfect stitch.
I haven't come across a portable device specifically designed to set thread tensions.

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I can't form any stitch on my brother 3d - they are all loose and long and uneven. Do you know how to fix this please?

try changing the needle
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Thread tension

try changing the needle first--make sure the needle is the correct one for the fabric being sewed.
if you've adjusted the top tension & the bottom stitch still looks the same
it's possible that the top tension dial is needing to be checked to see if it's
working correctly

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The stitches on my brother 3125 sewing machines are loose. On the top and bottom. Ive tried to redo my stitching and nothing has worked . Please help !!!

Make sure presser foot UP position. Rethread making sure thread is taut so it can locate tension slots. Rethread needle making sure its up in the needle bar shaft--flat side BACK--thread goes through needle eye front to back. Tension: 4 Jimmy

Apr 04, 2012 | Brother LX3125 Sewing Machine

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The thread keeps coming off the needing when i sew


I would suggest that you revisit the threading up in your manual and double check that the top thread is under tension.

However, if the stitiching on top of the fabric is wonky, this is your bottom tension too loose, and if stitching on the the underside of the fabric is loose, its the top tension causing it.

Quite often bobbin winding can be the cause of bad stitching so pull out the manual and wind a bobbin carefully following the instructions, making sure that the thread is under gentle tension as it winds. What you don't want is for the thread spool to bounce around as it unwinds onto the bobbin as this gives uneven tension of the thread and when you then stitch a seam, the thread relaxes in different amounts causing puckering.

So wind at 3/4 speed, and gently guide the thread onto the bobbin so it fills evenly across the whole core. And ensure there is tension on via a tension guide if your machine has one. If not, then place the curved handle of your scissors onto the top of the thread spool and hold it there as you wind, which holds the spool down and keeps the thread coming off it smoothly.

Always raise the pressure foot when you thread the machine so the top thread goes into tension fully. And new needle for each new sewing job is really important, make sure it is the right size and type of needle for the fabric you are sewing.

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Make sure you are threading the machine correctly and it has the proper tension. Also check the bobbin the thread has to go thru the little lash

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Brother XL2230 Elastic Overlock function not working properly

First of all check your needle size and utility, for the tension machine it must be the same on top and bottom example pull the top thread and the lower thread they must be the same.
When sticthing the elastic you must devide the amount of elastic versus the fabric : dise the amount before stiching
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Feb 16, 2009 | Brother XL-2230 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Uneven stitching from bobbin

Hi there!

Well you're right it's a tension problem.

Sounds like there is little or no tension on the top thread.
You probably have thread stuck in your tension discs. If so, set the tension at zero, open the discs with a small screw driver and blow between them. Sometimes you have to dig it out with tweezers.
Then reset clockwise untill you can feel the tension on the thread when you pull through it. It should be about the same as pulling a mug of tee along a table. (not specific I know - but you get the idea - and I love the tea!)

Hope this helps you.

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Ls1217 Brother

It sounds like you may have uneven tension between the bobbin thread and the upper thread. You can adjust the tension via a screw on the bobbin case. Turn it clockwise to tighten the bobbin thread tension and counter clockwise to reduce it. It's also worth remembering to check the tension on the presser foot for the material you are using. Check also that the shuttle race is clear of lint etc. Hope this helps

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