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I can't get my neetle tensions tight enough on my brother overlock machine

I have a four spool overlock I just can't get my needle tensions tight enough even if i tighten them all the way

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    I have just acquired a second hand Brother Homelock 760DE and have have given it a good clean - inside and out. Everything appears to be in place and the power cables are all working but the needles (Two in place) will not move at all. The handwheel is very tight and moves freely if I unscrew it but the needles still do not move. Can anyone help me with this problem? Thanks

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First thing is to make sure there is no lint etc caught in the tension unit, even a small amount can reduce tension considerably.

If that doesn't solve the problem, we need you to give more detail of the machine, as there are a couple of different tension units which require different methods, 'over the top' or 'around a knob' ........which of these two is most like your machine ?

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Good day!

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