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I can't seem to get the tension right on a straight stitch, or any stitch for that matter.............now I remember why I don't sew anymore:( Haven't been able to solve this issue since I bought it used.....any ideas? susie sewnsew

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  • sdewren Aug 25, 2010

    This link offers no help, and no posts regarding tension issues. I have used the manual prior to this inquiry anyway, with no satisfaction.

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The tension on the thread is made like follows..
for the upper thread..is made from the button with numeric values from which the thread is going when you thread the machine ..and for the bobbin tension ..is made from the bobbin case ...which has a side screw on it ...the tidier that screw it is ..the tension will increase exponential ...thats all...
To have a balanced stitch ..all you have is to make those 2 threads to have equal tension ..and this can be felt by hand...just pul them by the thread ..and see if they feel the same ...if one is more tensioned than the other ..either tide the one that has less or loose the one that has more

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Hi Susie. Do not be discouraged. Go to this link http://www.janome.com/index.cfm/FAQ

and learn about the tension adjustments. J.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

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Try pushing the bobbin winder spindle to the left. It's on the top of the machine to the right of the spool. When this spindle is pushed to the right, the sewing machine is ready to wind a bobbin. Once the spindle is to the left, you should be able to select a straight stitch (stitches 10-12), set the stitch length and check the thread tension.

See https://www.manualslib.com/manual/505279/Kenmore-385-19153.html?page=44#manual for a picture.

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How to adjust the bobbin tension.


According to the manual, you should not need to adjust the bobbin tension (and I located other sites which stated the bobbin tension cannot be adjusted on this machine). Apparently, all the tension adjustment is accomplished through the upper thread::
"EN Thread Tension Upper thread tension Basic thread tension setting: "4". (1) To increase the tension, turn the dial to the next number up. To reduce the tension, turn the dial to the next number down. A. Normal thread tension for straight stitch sewing. B. Thread tension too loose for straight stitch sewing. Turn dial to higher number. C. Thread tension too tight for straight stitch sewing. Turn dial to lower number. D. Normal thread tension for zig zag and decorative sewing. Correct thread tension is when a small amount of the upper thread appears on the bottom side of fabric. Lower thread tension The bobbin tension has been set correctly at the factory, so you do not need to adjust it. Please note: - Proper tension setting is important for strong seams. - There is no single tension setting appropriate for all stitch functions, thread or fabric. - A balanced tension (identical stitches both top and bottom) is usually only desirable for straight stitch construction sewing. - 90% of all sewing will be between "3" and "5". - For zig zag and decorative sewing stitch functions, thread tension should generally be less than for straight stitch sewing. - For all decorative sewing you will always obtain a nicer stitch and less fabric puckering when the upper thread appears on the bottom side of your fabric. 1 A B C 22 D"

Doing further research, I found this statement on a machine review site:
"After reading reviews online from where I've bought my drop-in bobbin machines, I think many of the negative reviews are due to the bobbin thread coming up without laying across the bobbin. It can cause the stitches to look very sloppy and no amount of tension adjusting can fix the stitches."

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For straight stitch, your stitch width should be set to zero, although on some machines (and I believe your Baby Lock to be one of them,) the stitch width setting will change your needle position.
Stitch length is simply a matter of preference.

-R

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