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Is the thread properly through the tension discs and the tension dial set to the middle number, usually 5??

Lower the pressure foot and pull the top thread just before the needle and feel if there is any resistance on it.

Review your threading path and refer to your manual to ensure it is threaded correctly.

If all this fails, then probably the tension device has failed, a good sewing repairman should be able to source the parts and replace it.

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When sewing a straight stich The bottom thread is loose.

Your upper and lower thread tensions are out of balance. The upper thread tension is too high or your lower thread tension is too low. Make sure your bobbin thread is correctly routed under the tension spring. There is a small screw on the bobbin case that always you to adjust tension.

Feb 20, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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Is it possible to change the foot it also possible

Some machines do have a presser foot pressure adjustment. Since you didn't provide a make/model, we're not able to assist further. You'll have to consult your owner's manual.

The upper tension is usually totally adjustable. As a matter of fact, the upper tension is the first place to adjust tension. Just be sure to RAISE the presser foot when threading the upper thread so it will seat in the tension disk. If the upper thread is showing under the fabric, it is too loose. If the bobbin thread is pulling to the top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight. Tension will change with needle, thread, and fabric, so before beginning a new project, always test on a scrap piece of the fabric first. The tension is correct when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric.

As a sewist, you should become comfortable with adjusting the upper tension as needed.


Apr 01, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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My thread bunches under me material and can' t sew

Sounds like "thread nesting" also called "bird nesting." Usually, it is a result of incorrect threading, incorrect tension, or the thread not being properly seated in the tension disk.

Remove the thread.
Install a brand new needle.
RAISE the presser foot and rethread the machine from the beginning making sure the thread path is correct.
Set the upper tension to the midway point between low & high numbers.
The correct tension is achieved when the upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric. If upper thread is looping under the fabric, the upper tension is too loose. If the bobbin thread is appearing on the top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight. If it is difficult to determine what is happening with tension, try using a different color thread (but ALWAYS the same type & weight) in the bobbin as what is used as upper thread.

Tension is static--it needs to be adjusted whenever a new project is begun because the needle/thread/fabric combination will affect the tension. A sewist should become comfortable with adjusting the upper tension on a piece of the scrap fabric before actually beginning to sew the project.

The needle/thread/fabric need to be compatible to get the best result. All About Needles

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Mar 12, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Bobbin thread is straight adjusting upper tension does nothing

Remove the upper thread. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning. (This opens the tension disk so the thread will seat properly.)

Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number and retest your stitch. See if the upper tension is now controlling the upper thread. You may have to move the upper tension a bit to achieve the optimum tension. Both upper and bobbin thread should meet in the middle of the fabric.

If the bobbin thread is really tight and holding the upper thread down, then the bobbin case needs a tension adjustment. Search the internet for instructions to adjust bobbin tension.

Jan 29, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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The bobbin thread shows to the front. Does the bobbin or thread tension need adjusted

Generally, tension adjustments are made using the upper thread tension. Most likely the upper tension is set too tight and is pulling the bobbin thread up. Loosen the upper tension and try again. Tension is accurate when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric. Whenever fabric, thread & needle are changed, there may be a need to adjust the upper tension.

HINT: When threading the upper thread, make sure the presser foot is RAISED during threading to make sure the upper tension disks are open and the thread seats properly.

Bobbin tension is only adjusted when the tensions are way out of whack. Only slight turns of the bobbin case tension screw are made in graduated movements and testing occurs after each adjustment.


Jan 20, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Upper thread keeps breaking

The most common cause of upper thread breakage is incorrect threading. Remove all the thread, install a brand new needle, RAISE the presser foot, and then rethread from the beginning. (Verify with the owner's manual that the threading process is correct.) The other thing to check is the upper tension setting. The factory standard setting is usually the halfway point between the high and low numbers. Tweak the upper tension to achieve correct tension. Correct tension is when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric. The upper tension is meant to be the most common method of tweaking tension. As such, a sewist should become comfortable with tweaking the upper tension.


Jan 19, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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The thread on top after feeding it though all the places it becomes very loose.Can you tell me what I can do?

1. Make sure the top thread is fed in the tension control properly. Slightly tug on the thread with the pressure foot on and then off. There should be a noticeable difference. Place the tension on four to begin with.
2. Adjust the bobbin tension. I've sent a guide for you.
The likely problem you have is the bobbin thread tension is too loose and the top tension too tight at the same time.
3. The objective is to tighten the upper thread and lower thread with equal tension. It is like a tug of war that is even on both sides.



Jul 29, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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