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The thread tensions are automatically set with the automatic thread delivery system. You should just have to set the Stitch Dial to get the stitch you want.

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Brother Sewing Machine CS-6000iNeed instruction:using double needle.Tension issues:Thread underneath is very loopy no matter what tension setting,top threads have missed stitches.


Try removing the top threads completely from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot== this allows the threads to seat fully in the tension disk. Thread one thread completely, then thread the other thread making sure to run it through the other tension disk (if your machine has divided tension disks).
Set the tension to the midway point.
Insert fabric, lower the presser foot, and retest. Adjust the top tension as needed,. If tunneling occurs between the two top threads and adjusting the top tension doesn't fix it, you may need to adjust the bobbin tension. However, before changing bobbin tension, I would try including tear-away or tissue paper with the fabric to add body to prevent the tunneling.

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Feb 21, 2018 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Need help adjusting the lower tension on my Viking sewing machine. Lower tension causes strait stitches; upper tension (zigzag) adds bunches of thread. I don't know where to adjust tensions. Help.


Generally, bobbin tension is set at the factory and is usually a "last attempt" to alter. Sounds like you are probably experiencing bird nesting or thread nesting which is a top thread issue.

Be sure to install a brand new needle.
Remove the top thread from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread the top thread.
Set the top tension to the mid-point and retest your machine.

Tension is correct when top and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric. It is a tug of war between the two threads. When there is equal pull, the top thread pulls the bobbin thread up and the bobbin thread pulls the top thread down. Increasing the top tension pulls the bobbin thread further up, decreasing top tension will allow the bobbin thread to pull the top thread down.

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Jan 27, 2018 | Sewing Machines

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I have a Viking 630. What numbers should the tension dial be on so the top thread does not show on the bottom when the bottom thread is a different color from the top thread.


There is no really correct or wrong answer here. It's trial and error, and experience with your machine. The reason? WAY too many fabrics and variations on threads. The wear in the tensioners and even the needle all make a difference. When in doubt, start with everything set in the middle of the range and test a few runs.

Nov 02, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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Set tension on speedylock model 7234


Unfortunately, because a serger uses different thread tensions to form the various stitches, there is no "set it and leave it" setting for everything. However, on most machines, the midpoint of each tension dial is the beginning point to create a regular overlock stitch. That is most often the factory setting, however, that may change over time and use requiring some tension tweaking by the user.

If you have trouble distinguishing one thread among them all, then try threading with four separate colors of thread. Then you can easily tell which thread/tension is out of wack. The ultimate tension is when the threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

One important tip: ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the machine and give each thread an extra little tug when threading the tension disk (this insures the thread is seated completely in the tension).

Second important tip: It helps to go through each stitch variation and write down in your owner's manual or a reference sheet what each thread tension setting works best for that stitch. Then you have a reference chart for the next time you need to adjust tensions and don't have to go through a laborious effort to recreate the stitch. The tension settings will change if your change thread weights, but at least you will a general beginning point to fine-tune your setting.

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This workbook may be helpful in creating each of the stitches on your overlocker:

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Sep 25, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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Try sewing but bottom thread on fabric is crumpING UP


needle thread tension is not adjusted up properly tighten the setting until you have resistance when you pull the thread to thread the needle

Oct 02, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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How do you adjust the bobbin tension?


Factory standard tension for upper thread is the midway point between the high and low number. However, that tension dial is meant to be used for tweaking tension. Generally, tweaking is required whenever the type of fabric, needle, or thread are changed, ie thicker fabric like denim should have a different upper tension setting than fine chiffon. To be successful with tension settings, one must become comfortable adjusting the upper tension.

NOTE: Accurate tension is achieved when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric.
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Jan 20, 2016 | Brother Sewing Machine - XL2600i

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The bottom thread is real loopy. I have adjusted the top tension and it helps a bit but still to loose


Remove all the thread from your machine. Install a brand new needle. Raise the presser foot and re-thread the upper thread, making sure you are following the correct threading sequence. Confirm that the bobbin thread is threaded through the bobbincase properly. Now, perform another test stitch. Is the bobbin thread still looping?

If you have already tightened the upper thread tension and the bobbin tension is still too loose, then you may need to tighten the bobbin tension. First, mark with a permanent marker where the slash of the screw head meets the bobbin case. This will mark where the screw was originally set before you begin making adjustments and allows you to return the screw to that position should you need to.

Set the upper tension to the halfway point between the high & low number. This is what would normally be the standard.

Then gently turn the bobbin tension screw to the right 1/8th of a turn at a time. Then test. Keep adjusting until the bobbin thread tension is correct. The tensions are correct when the upper thread and the bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric.

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Nov 15, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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I just got my sewing machine 2 months ago just started to use it icant because it keep breaking the thread ihave a fleeling i have it sat up wrong like the teason als may be t o tight thanks Jan from


***Upper tension setting
*** Put the pressure foot up.
***As you are threading give little tugs to check for snags. Snags must be fixed.
***When finished threading (not the needle) put the pressure foot down.
***Check the tension by starting at zero and increase the tension slowly and give small tugs to see if the tension is rising. (This is all done without the needle being threaded)
***When you feel comfortable this is working then thread the needle and set the tension at four.
***Set the bobbin tension. Attachment gives instructions.
Now that all of the tension has been set you can try for

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Sep 30, 2015 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Over locker loopy bottom stitch


Loopy on bottom means the top tensions need to be adjusted. "All on 3 means nothing" These are tension knobs and are not required to be on the same number.

In the mean time rethread the machine with a different color on each spool This will help you determine which thread is the offender. sew the same type of material this thread set up... tighten the corresponding tension dial. Once you get a good stitch, Lift the food, cut all the threads near the spools and tie off new thread/spools and pull the thread through to the needle. Once it is all threaded again test your stitch with the same fabric again.

Oct 02, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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