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Tension setting I am trying to sew a new highchair cover using vinyl fabric with fuzzy backing and I'm using bias tape. The top stitch seems fine (I lengthened the stitch all the way) but the bottom stitch is looping. I have adjusted the tension on the bobbin and also the topstitch tension but neither have made a difference.

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NEVER adjust the bobin tension, you will need to take it to the shop now to get everthing set right again

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You can try adjusting your stitch length this may solve the problem right away.
It could be the thread your using, I have had to switch threads before. Rewind your bobin, sometimes issues can occur by a poorly wound bobin.
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