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The tension wheel 0-9 does not work. How can I repair this problem. Ginette

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  • Mary Dunn Sep 09, 2010

    I don't understand what you are trying to do, please explain because how do you know that it does not work? What makes you think that? Because it is highly unlikely that is your problem.



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I just finished adjusting my machine's needle, bobbin thread and everything was great for the whole day. The machine was working like a dream. Then the tension wheel broke. No matter what number is set there is no tension at all. I think there may be some lint keeping the disc from creating tension but I do not know how to locate it. I read that tying knots in a piece of thread and flossing the tension disc should help but I am skeptical and will probably dismantle it. I just think it is strange that the machine get fixed and then something else needs maintenance. I hope it is not always like this. What next?

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Start by making sure nothing is jamming it oen, like a thread

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How to tighten top thread when it bubbles on bottom of fabric for a Janome Memory Craft 3500 .Book instructions do not help.

there is a manual pdf down load from that explains where the thread tensioner is and how to adjust page 17 of 46 pages
it shows how to thread the machine correctly
the tensioner is a wheel at the top of the machine that turns 0- 6 notches to the left or 0- 6 notches to the right ( 12 possible tensions)
download the manual( free) as it explains probably better than the user manual
it is for your machine
I found it by going google and typing in--how to adjust thread tension on a janome memory craft 3500 and found that manualslib site

May 06, 2016 | Janome Sewing Machines

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It is as if it dosn't help to chance the number at the tension wheel.

Remove the upper thread completely from the machine.

Could try cleaning the tension disk: Raise the presser foot, set the tension to zero, dampen a length of pearl cotton with rubbing alcohol, then gently pull the pearl cotton Down through the tension disk a couple of times.

Install a brand new needle & confirm that the needle & thread are compatible.
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Make sure to RAISE the presser foot while threading the upper thread. This allows the thread to seat properly in the tension disk. Of course, it could be that the tension disk is broken or not operating properly.


Feb 21, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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What do I do when the tension wheel returns to 0 every time I left the presser foot

The "thumb nut" is way too loose. Push down on the "numbered dial" and turn the "thumb nut" at the same time (clockwise) As you continue to turn "thumb nut" it will get tighter. Now, release the pressure on the "numbered dial". The adjustment may have to be done a few times to get it right.
All tension adjustments are very similar. They work the same way though.

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Pfaff 1222e

Hmm, be sure when you thread your top thread that you ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot. That allows the thread to seat completely in the tension disk. However, in your case, the tension mechanism may need repair or replacement. Most often, there is a spring involved that will wear or be damaged over time. May be time to take it for service.

In my opinion, those older mechanicals are keepers. Consider that it has lasted you 40 years---can't beat that! And it's still worth fixing.

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Upper tension won't adjust

You can try "flossing" the tension with a piece of unwaxed dental floss, a dollar bill, or a piece of fabric to try to clean anything that is trapped between the tension discs loose. Be sure the pressure foot it up and the tension knob turned to "0" before trying this. Then dial back the tension to your normal setting and try re-threading your machine. If this doesn't work and you know how to remove and reinstall your tension assembly, that could be the next step. The tension discs do wear out over time, but sometimes it is just some lint that needs to be cleaned out.


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How do I clean thread tension plates ?

you can try cleaning them with thread or unwaxed dental floss
and maybe a can of computer air and if that doesn't help then it
would be a good idea to have the machine checked to see if the tension dial needs to be replaced.

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the tension dial may be going out & need to be replaced at a sewing machine repair shop

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After sewing 3-5 stitches the machine locks up and I have to rip the material out. There will be a huge mess of thread on the bottom side of the material. I've tried the tension wheel from 0-8 with...

it is a needle thread tension problem
as the tension wheel makes no difference , that indicates that the thread is not between the tension plates but behind them
you can set or check the tension by simply pulling on the thread before you thread the needle
proper tension is when there is a resistance to pulling the thread by hand

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I have a problem in setting the tension of the machine. The upper thread is too tight although I adjust it to 1 or even 0. I try to clean the bobbin area and re-thread. Occasionally it works. Very...

Yes it can be frustrating, I believe that you have a tension prolem with the bobbin case.
The upper tensions should be 3 to 5 normally on your machine.

When you pull the bobbin thread do you feel any resistance? If not then you may need to check that you are threading the bobbin into the case correctly, re test

if that doesn't work then look for a little screw, turn it clock wise to create some light tension on the bobbin thread. Re test

If that fails take to local tech for repairs.

Best of luck chris

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