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Kenmore sewing machine #16227 needle thread making big loops on wrong side of fabric. Changed needle, cleaned, adjusted/readjusted and readjusted needle and bobbin tension. Will sew a decent stitch (sometimes) for a few inches then loops again. Suggestions?

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It is most likely because you have it on a type of stitch but did not switch the didstance that you want the zig zag to be. Just change you stitch or your distance.

Posted on Feb 10, 2011

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How to adjust tension?


Consult the owner's manual. Be sure to always RAISE the presser foot when threading the upper thread.

Test the stitch. If the thread is looping under the fabric, the upper thread tension is too loose. If the bottom thread shows on the top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight. The tension is correct when the two threads (top & bobbin) meet in the middle of the fabric.

NOTE: when you change needle/thread/fabric, the tension should be tested on a piece of the project's scrap fabric and readjusted before beginning the project. Tension is static and should be adjusted every time a project is changed. (One tension will not work for every project, so get comfortable with tweaking.) Be sure to change needles frequently (damaged needles are an inexpensive fix for a lot of sewing issues). Making sure needle/thread/fabric are compatible is very important. All About Needles

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Adjust thread and bobbin tension


These are the instructions in the manual:
Adjusting the Thread Tension
Balanced thread tension:
Small amount of the needle thread shows on the wrong side of the fabric.
When the needle thread tension is too tight:
The bobbin thread shows on the right side of the fabric. Reduce the tension by turning the tension dial to a lower number.
When the needle tension is too loose:
The needle thread forms loops and the stitches look shaggy.
Increase the tension by turning the dial to a higher number.

However, if you have recently changed the needle check that it is pushed right up in the slot. Other thing that springs to mind is making sure that the bobbin thread is correctly placed in the bobbin, and that the chamber is not full of lint and threads.

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My Janome Sewist 500 is making me crazy. The tension is loose on top, causing loops on the back, and the bobbin thread is just a straight line. I have changed the needle, changed the thread, rethreaded...


that sounds like the top tension dial is not working, causing looping on the underside so start by cleaning out the top tension device. To do this, unthread, turn tension to zero, then "Floss" between the discs with the selvage edge of a clean piece of waste fabric. If some black gunk comes out onto the fabric, then refloss on a fresh edge until its clean.

Then reset tension to 4 or 5 and thread up again until just before the needle. Now lower the pressure foot to engage the tension device and pull the top thread downwards - it should feel firm. If this is not happening, then I'd go the serviceman next. These things have a spring in and it may have broken.

I think the bobbin tension is probably okay so just reset that back to what it was, the straight line on the bottom is because the top thread is not being drawn back up by the take up lever on the upwards stroke due to insufficient tension on the top thread.

Hopefully cleaning the tensioner works though. Good luck.

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I have a Kenmore sewing machine - 12 stitch model which I bought in the 70's. I am having a tension problem and can't seem to fix it. What is the normal setting for the top, and bottom?


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Load your Kenmore sewing machine with the right thread and bobbin thread for your project. If you use the wrong weight thread for your fabric or severely uneven weights of thread, this can cause the appearance of a tension problem when it is, in fact, a thread weight problem or a problem with your sewing speed. If you go too fast, you will break the thread. If you go too slow, you can cause loops. Uneven pressure can cause stitches to vary greatly.

Test your Kenmore sewing machine's tension by sewing on a piece of scrap fabric. If your tension is way off, then test on some basic cotton or a firm blend simply to get your tension right. Do not try to start adjusting your tension on silk or leather. Get a base adjustment on a more standard fabric first.

Look at the top threads and bottoms threads. If the tension is off on one side, it will usually affect the other side slightly. So select the side that looks more maladjusted to start adjusting the tension.

If the top thread is too loose or too tight, you will need to adjust the tension dial. This dial is usually located a few inches above the needle on the Kenmore machine body. Usually, your machine will have markings to indicate which direction tightens the tension. If these have worn off over the years, watch the dial as you turn it. If it appears to move toward the machine body, then it is tightening.

If the bottom thread is too loose or too tight, then you will need to open the door to the bobbin case. On some Kenmore models, there is a little screw near the bobbin case that can be adjusted slightly to adjust the tension. On other Kenmore models, there is a screw on the bobbin case itself--not on the bobbin, but on the bobbin's casing. This will also adjust the bottom thread tension. Adjust the bobbin thread tension to make slight changes.

If the thread is looping severely on one side, the thread weights might be off. For instance, look to see if you have a lightweight thread on the bobbin and a heavyweight one on the top. If the thread keeps breaking, the top tension or bottom tension could be too tight or the thread is too lightweight for the material you have selected. Check your combination of threads and material. Also make sure you are using the right weight needle and the right foot for the sewing step or project you are working on.

If your Kenmore sewing machine's tension is off severely or if you have not used your Kenmore in a long time, then you might need to take your machine in to be serviced. Sometimes, the inner parts need to be oiled or the entire machine might need to be cleaned and calibrated by a professional. If you sew a great deal or if your machine sits idle a lot, both situations will usually require some servicing to keep your Kenmore sewing machine and its tension in perfect working condition.

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since using the machine only a few times it is best to clean the machine from dust (can use a can of air) blow air into the bobbin area and between the tension disks and under the throat plate.

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If you are getting loops on the bottom side of your fabric then it is a TOP tension problem, usually the thread is not between the tension discs.
Here is a simple check: Thread the upper path and stop short of the eye of the needle. Drop the presser foot. Now if you pull on the thread you should feel the drag of the tension discs. Increasing the tension setting should make it harder to pull. Now while your pulling raise the presser foot. All tension should be gone and the thread will pull thru easily.
I have worked on a few Hello Kitty machines and usually there is a single screw to remove the nose cover, exposing the needle bar and slack arm assembly. The slack arm does just that, it takes up the loop and the tension discs keep it from pulling more thread off the spool. Look for some thread wrapped up in the mechanism and clear it if you can.
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If it was sewing correctly BEFORE the needle break...why did the needle break in the first place?...and what fixes did you make?
If it sewed properly...what changed?

Cut your upper thread close to the spool...make sure the presser foot is raised and pull the cut off thread section through/out of the machine from the needle area (sewing direction...do not pull the thread backwards!)

Clean out the bobbin area...remove any traces of lint or pieces of thread...look for any broken off needle pieces... brush the bobbin area out....then add a drop of sewing machine oil (but only if your manual says to oil that area).

Remove the needle plate to expose the feed dogs...brush/clean out that area too and add a drop of sewing machine oil...then secure the needle plate back on.
Replace the needle...do it again...yup...some needles arrive bad from the factory. Make sure the needle is inserted and positioned properly. Then thread the machine WITH the presser foot in raised position. (The thread needs to get seated into the upper tensions.)
..with the.presser foot down...thread the new needle.
Oh...and use the correct needle for the thread. (a universal 80/12 is standard).
Thread can cause issues too. Try a different bobbin, or maybe a different spool of thread to see if that makes a difference.

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