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Tension problems I'm going insane!!! This is my sisters machine and I can't get the tension right. The top stitches are pretty good, but the stitches underneath are as jagged as a scerated knife. HELP!!! Oh, and she doesn't know where her manual is.

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Start with the bottom- should allow thread to pass freely with slight tension when dangled from the thread. Tiny screw on the bobbin case turned clockwise tightens tension. Next, check upper tension. Thread should pull through with foot down, with good tension. Stitch should 'lock inside the fabric(use two pieces of fabric and make a seam, thread from both top and bottom should be visible when you open the seam.

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