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I just bought a new belt for my brother VX950 sewing machine and need to know how to adjust the tension so the belt isn't so tight. it's the belt that goes to the motor

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Call Brother at 1-877-276-8437 and see if theycan guide you or else you can mess up the timing and everything. Unless you know what you are doing, it is a job for a professional

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Why does bobbin make thread bunch up


Thread tension is incorrect. See the links

Incorrect thread tension - Brother Solutions Center

support.brother.com/g/b/faqend.aspx?c=au&lang=en&prod=hf_ns55eas...
Jul 30, 2014 - Turn the thread tension dial to select an appropriate thread tension. The appropriate thread tension differs according to the type of fabric and thread being used. ... If the upper threading and lower threading are incorrect, the thread tension cannot be adjusted correctly, even by turning the thread tension dial.

Sewing Lesson 10: How to Fix Tension on Your Sewing Machine - Oh ...

ohyoucraftygal.blogspot.com/2013/10/sewing-lesson-10-how-to-fix-tension-on.html Incorrectly threaded machine: Did you use all thread guides? Did you thread with the presser foot down,which would keep the thread from slipping fully between tension discs? Is thread unwinding freely from the spool, or catching on the spool's slash? Are you using a bobbin as a spool (which can interfere with the thread ...

Understanding Thread Tension on Your Sewing Machine - Threads

www.threadsmagazine.com/2008/11/02/understanding-thread-tension Nov 2, 2008 - When the bobbin thread shows on the right side, the needle tension is too tight or the bobbin thread, too loose, as shown in the middle drawing at right. When the needle thread shows on the wrong side, the needle tension is too loose or the bobbin thread, too tight, as shown in the bottom drawing at right.

Correct vs Incorrect Tension: Your Tension Troubleshooting Guide

www.sewingreviews.org/correct-vs-incorrect-tension-your-tension-troubleshooting-gu... I've seen many sewers make the mistake of using the same tension setting for all their sewing projects and then they wonder why the finish isn't perfect. The fact is, the wrong tension is a sewing disaster. It can ruin your sewing project and literally give you a tension headache. Knowing how to troubleshoot your tension ...

Sewing Machine Thread Tension - Updated - YouTube

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf6oPMbLPzo Jul 12, 2016 - Uploaded by Professor Pincushion
Learn how to correct thread tension so that your stitches come out perfect no matter the type of fabric you're ...

Thread Tension - The Sewing Directory

https://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk/thread-tension/ When sewing fabrics together problems can occur when the thread tension is not correct, the needle or bobbin is not inserted properly, or the machine is not threaded correctly. Threading instructions for sewing machines and overlockers are included in the machine's manual and should be consulted before you start sewing ...

Incorrect thread tension ' Brother CE1100PRW User Manual ' Page 89 ...

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How to Adjust the Tension on a Sewing Machine: 13 Steps

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Apr 08, 2018 | Sewing Machines

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TIming Consew 210


I am not sure about this particular machine but in most machines there will be a nob on the front loose low numbers like 0 1 -2 work well on number 3. If the nob is not on the front check and see if it is on the side.

Aug 27, 2008 | Consew Sewing Machines

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I have a new brother cs5505prw sewing machine. It works great EXCEPT when I use the SA140 walking foot. The tension on the top is too tight. What should I do?


I think you should be able to find the answer in your instruction manual , but if not I would adjust the tension .

Oct 20, 2017 | Brother Sewing Machines

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I have a VX1250. I don't know how to regulate the tension.


There is two places to adjust thread tension: the top tension device controls the top thread tension and is usually a dial or knob with numbers on the front of the machine.

Then there is some form of tension device on the bobbin; in your case I believe the Brother has a removable bobbin case with a tension spring which holds the bobbin thread firmly: the tension spring can be adjusted with a screwdriver but once set, you shouldn't need to adjust this much, just alter the top tension slightly for different weights of fabric. So start by setting top tension dial to 4-5 and test stitch a seam. Use different coloured but the same type of thread top and bottom and take a look at the seam. You want to see a balanced even seam.

Here is a link to a great info site for this:
http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Repair/Thread_Tension_Settings.htm

If the bobbin thread is too loose, then you probably will need to finess the tension spring on the bobbin case and adjust this slightly. The best way to set the tension on the bobbin case is as follows. Load the bobbin into the bobbin case and pull the thread tail into the tension spring, then suspend the bobbin by holding the thread tail up in the air (the dangle test). You want it to be just tight enough to hold its own weight, but still able to release thread when you pull gently downwards on the bobbin case. If it isn't doing this then take your little screw driver and adjust the screw on the leaf tension spring by ONE QUARTER TURN ONLY. Lefty looser, Righter Tighter. Then test again, and adjust again until its right.

Now test stitch again and finess your top tension to get the seam even. Remember to change the needle for each new sewing project too; this will impact tension also.

Jan 04, 2012 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Brother MB 2600


You should not have to adjust the bottom tension when using sewing thread.

There is a tiny screw on the side of the bobbin case - left/loose; right/tight.

Mark the screw head slot and edge of the bobbin case with nail polish or sharpie so you know where you started.

If you are having a stitching problem that appears to be loose bobbin thread, it may be that the machine was threaded with the presser foot down.

Always thread a sewing machine with the presser foot up.

When the presser foot is down when threading, the thread cannot enter the tension control and you get loose, loopy stitching.

Feb 24, 2010 | Brother XL-2600I

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My brother sewing machine is new and I've checked that it is threaded up correctly but the top tension is way too tight, no matter how I change it. Is there no way to change the bottom tension? It is an...


Yes. Open the bobbin and u will see a screw pressing down a metal sheet, which is actually a spring.
This is meant for adjusting the top tension. Loosen this screw by quarter or half a turn and see if it is giving the desired result. You may have to try a few settings before you arrive at the even top and bottom tensions when your thread tension adjustment scale is midway position.

Please note that you adjust the thread tension on the machine to adjust the bottom tension(not the top) .
Please let me know if this solved the problem.

Oct 17, 2009 | Sewing Machines

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Belt came off


well that is very nice idea you can fix with your self provide talls most commonly use.Set of screw driver,open and socket wrench,pliers etc...Remove the top cover plate by loosening bolt holding the cover and cover besides the handwheel where the motor was installed besure it was unplug from ac source(No power)Check the motor holder that attaching from casing.You can see the motor coupled by the belt.In the motor holder there is a bolt slot adjustment for tensioning belt tighning and loosening.If you want to disconnect the belt and replaced loosen the tension and pull out the belt.Sometime belt are sliping to the pulley it affect
the sewing machine operation,you can tighten from adjusting the tension of the belt.adjust not so tight after adjusting try to run manually first by turning handwheel freely if the motor will run freely with out obtruction no power supply.If your satiesfied try to run with power supply but jag twice first to be sure no problem occured before continous operation.

Mar 07, 2009 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Brother Industrial Machine Tension


This is an answer to another person with a similar complaint. Try the suggestion below, it may fix the problem.

From your description it appears that you have tried tension settings on the upper tension control adjustment knob without success.
Check that the bobin tension is adjusted correctly by taking out the bobin complete with the spool.
Pull the cotton thread and it should be a smooth light pressure if the tension is correct. If it is tight to pull or pulls freely then adjust the tension screw which is found on the outside of the bobbin. The screw is very small and requires a minature size screwdriver. The adjustment will only be a slight turn of the screw one way or the other to obtain the correct tension(depending if it was loose or tight).
Once this is set reinstall the bobin and tread up the machine, hopefully with the upper tension set at approx."2" the machine will sew correctly.

Nov 14, 2008 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Unable to adjust tension,


Sounds like the bobbin thread is not inside the tension on the bobbin case. This normally happens when the bobbin is upside down. Insert the bobbin and pull on the thread.The bobbin should turn counter clockwise.
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Jul 15, 2008 | Sewing Machines

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