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My machine isn't making a tight sew. It's very loose and seems to be from the needle tread being loose.. how do I fix this? I didn't adjust any settings prior to this happening, it just started.

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Be sure to install a brand new needle.

Remove the top thread from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning.
Verify the thread path is correct.
Set the top tension to the midway point (may need to tweak this later for your particular machine). If the top thread is still loose, then tighten it up.

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SOURCE: tread keeps coming out of the needle.

Make sure you sink the needle into the fabric before starting to sew. If that isn't it...remove the thread and rethread the machine. Make sure the thread isn't wrapped around the spool holder.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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Firstly-check the needle is in correctly.If the needle is slightly bent it will not pick up the bottom thread. When top and bottom are threaded, pull the threads towards you. Hold the top thread between finger and thumb and hold but do not pull tight. Turn the flywheel towards you while holding the thread at a 45 degree andgle in front of you, upwards. You should feel it loop and give it a very gentle lift and pull as you feel it. There are some good videos of this on youtube Ive found which may help you-just search for "threading a sewing machine".If no manual supplied-contact either the seller or the manufacturer to get one.

Posted on Jun 13, 2009

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these are the best setting i have found for sewing through thick materials, specifically leather and vinyl:
top tension- between 8 and 9 bottom tension- between 4 and 5 stitch length between 3 and 4 stitch type: 2
that is just what works best for me, i have a brother xl-2600i

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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SOURCE: sears Kenmore sewing machine model number 15358 tension issues

#14 needle is way big for cotton napkin scrap. a #10 is good for most lightweight fabric. #14 is for sewing denim or levis, like that.

the tension problems on almost all machines regardless of price usually fall on the upper tension. the lower bobbin tension is factory set and it's rare you should ever need to mess with it.

if you have a drop in bobbin (top loading), tighten the adjustment screw all the way and then back it off 1/4 turn. if your machine uses a shuttle bobbin, tighten the adjustment screw all the way and then back it off in 1/4-turn increments until you can hold it in the air like a yo-yo and cause to bobbin case to fall slightly dipping your hand.

A dull needle and stitch length will also mess up your stitch. The idea is to narrow the problem down to one thing and one thing only -- UPPER THREAD TENSION.

So, if you have the right size needle for the job, with the right thread, and if your stitch length selection is correct (usually between 2 and 3 or 8-to-10 stitches per inch, the problem should be with your upper thread tension.

An easy way to fix this then is to remember: Loops on top, upper tension drop. Loops below, upper tension grow. If you get loops on top of your work, lower (drop) your upper thread tension to a lower number. If you get loops on the bottom, raise the upper thread tension.

Different stitches on the same machine will require different upper thread tension settings. Don't be afraid of it. Just remember the pneumonic: loops on top, tension drop, loops below, tension grow -- referring to upper thread tension.

have fun :)

Posted on Apr 02, 2010

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Check that the thread is tight around the bobbin. Make sure that the bobbin is in the right way around - the bobbin thread should double back on itself coming out of the bobbin holder. The bobbin tension adjustment is the small screw in the plate on the bobbin case that the thread passes under as it comes off the bobbin and goes out.

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- Reinsert your needle and make sure it goes all the way into the holder and that it’s positioned correctly – usually with the flat side away from the bobbin, but consult your machine’s manual to be sure.

- Change your needle, it may be blunt, bent, or otherwise damaged.

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