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Hello, i just bought my new pfaff expression 2.0. the machine does not loop properly. the bottom thread seems to be very loos. if i adjust the bottom is too firm. could you advise please. therefore my zig-zag stitch is puckering the fabric. i am an experienced taylor but run out of ideas how to resolve this. i am very upset thank you for your help

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Honestly, if its a new machine i'd be taking it back, as you may have a lemon. I don't think you should have to adjust anything on a new machine, and if there is some trick to threading it so it works properly you'd be better off hearing about it from the people who sold it to you. perhaps one of the guides has some packing in it as its new??

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