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Stitching is too tight on top but loopy underneath

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  • dmkparalegal Oct 09, 2010

    I have a kenmore, which tension button is for top and which for bottom. Does the stitch width matter?

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The tension in the wires is badly adjusted - too high on the upper bobbin and too low on the bottom one. How you adjust the tension depends entirely on the model of your machine, but it;s usually about adjusting a button or a screw.
Remember, you must redo the adjustment every time you change the type of the material you're sewing.

Posted on Oct 09, 2010

  • Azrael SRL Oct 09, 2010

    There are hundreds of models, from ones in which everything is manual, to the ones in which everything is automatic. The exact procedure for your exact model is in the user manual that came with the machine.



    No, the stitch width doesn't matter much, it's the thickness and strength of the material that has the biggest influence.

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