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Janome 8900 first attempt zig zag - using two different colored threads to see the stitch- the back of fabric, stitch color is more top thread than bottom, even though the stitch itself looks okay.

Tension setting is auto but bottom zig-zig is half bobbin color half top thread

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The upper tension is too loose. The two threads should meet in the middle of the fabric for the tension to be correct.

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