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Tension problems I have cleaned and oiled my machine and cannot seem to figure out why machine tension is still messed up. I have worked with the bobbin case (tightening and loosening it) and it still does not want to sew correctly. thanks JJ

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  • MarthaJane Jun 11, 2008


    I am having trouble with my bobbin case being loose after the thread got couaght under it and must have loosened it. I am unable to adjust the tension any longer. Help!

  • cookie52601 Jul 02, 2008

    Bobbin keeps coming out case,


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