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Am having problems with the tension, bunching up on the underside. Can't find the tension adjuster.

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It is in your top threading, make sure you are threaded right. When you have it threaded, put the presser foot down and try to pull your thread tail, if it is hard, it is right. Now raise the presser foot and try the same thing, now it will put easily. Another thing make sure you have a fresh needle and that your thread is the same weight top and bobbin. If, all else fails try a SA156 metal bobbin and see if that helps. You can buy them at JoAnns or Walmart. Also on ebay.20 for $8.95 + free shipping and fast service. Good luck. There are other answers but mine is free.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010


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SOURCE: my needle thread keeps bunching and llooping on

If you getting loops on the bottom of your material, you need to re-thread the top of your machine. I say this because it is very rare when you will have to adjust the bobbin tension. But if you must, looking straight down at the bobbin as a clock- at 6:00 is the bobbin tension adjustment- lefty lucy, righty tighty. Hope this helps.

Make sure the needle is inserted in the machine properly- a good rule of thumb is the flat side of the needle should go to the opposite side of the last thread guide. Also make sure the machine is threaded correct
There is no standard tension for any machine to be set at. They start at four when they are brand new, however, after years and years the springs become compressed. You could start at four and then play around with it from there. If you are getting loops underneath the material, you are threading the machine incorrectly.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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SOURCE: singer 57817 thread tension problem


If you have Increased the upper thread tension on your machine, try these solutions.

* Decrease your bobbin tension if your sewing machine allows you to adjust it. Consult your manual.

* Re-thread your bobbin, It may be threaded incorrectly.

* Reinsert your bobbin, It may be inserted incorrectly.

* Change your thread. If your upper thread and bobbin threads are different types, try using the same thread for both.

I hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Thread bunches up on underside


Looping underneath the fabric usually occurs when there is not enough tension in the needle thread to pull the bobbin thread. Sometimes thread buching can be caused by something as simple as the tension dial being inadvertently turned.To begin balancing the thread tension, reset the dial to a medium number, on most machines this is in the 3, 4, 5 numbers range. Also, check to see if there are any tiny knots in the thread that have become caught in the thread path and stopped the thread from advancing.

sewing machines that have not been used in a long time usually need the tension discs cleaned. This can be done with a cloth dampened with cleaning fluid or rubbing alcohol. Pull a single layer of the cleaning cloth back and fourth between the individual tension discs, until they are very clean and smooth.

If you have a sewing machine with built-in tension control, that does not have tension discs, and are having trouble with thread looping, then you need to consult the manual to adjust the built-in settings and stitch balance. Stitch balance, meaning the upper and lower threads are set to make a well formed stitch that is evenly balanced on the top and the bottom (on the front and back of the fabric). Finely adjusted tension settings will produce even stitches where the upper and lower threads lock in the center of the fabric to form a stitch. One advantage of the built-in tension designs is that the tension mechanism is enclosed within the housing of the machine which protects it from dust.

Dust and lint that have accumulated is a common cause of sewing machine problems, and yet it can be so easily remedied. Sewing machine repair resources sometimes suggest using aerosol cans of compressed air to help remove dust and debris that may be clogging areas of the machine. The other School of Thought on cans of air spray, is that this method is really better suited for other types of machinery, and not the smaller finer gears and mechanisms that are inside a sewing machine. The blasts of air from compressed cans can be difficult to control on a small scale. There is the risk that if dust is sprayed by air to remove it from one area, it can easily be blown into other parts of the machine. It is better to remove the dust, rather than spray it all around.

One of the finest and simplest tools for removing clumps of dust from sewing machines are clean small bristle paintbrushes, measuring about 1 inch across, or even a clean small make-up brush. An inexpensive tool, it is good to have one, preferably a brush that is new and has never been used, for cleaning a sewing machine and wiping away balls of lint.

Small brushes can be very useful and good for cleaning around the tension dials and wiping away from the machine the large amounts of fabric lint that accumulate when working with sewing machines.

When changing a spool of thread, remember to cut the thread strand close to the spool and pull it out in a forward direction through the threading channels. Do not pull it backwards through the tension discs, because overtime, this can damage the fine alignment of the tension disc settings. We have all done this; trying to save 8 or 10 inches of thread by pulling it backwards through the threading channels and tension discs. But it is not good for the machine, and it is better to cut the thread close to the spool and pull the remaining strand outward in a forward direction (not backward).

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When ever you have bunching thread like that it can be a few things.

1. Not properly drawing the threads back under the foot when beginning a seam (grasp both and gently draw them to the back of the machine when starting.)

2. Your feed dogs could be down or not adjusted well.

3. Your top tension is too loose for the fabric or top thread is not threaded properly. (this is usually the problem)

4. bad or wrong needle for the fabric.

Thread can be an issue as well, it does age and get frayed causing problems.

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