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I have the upgraded 2140. I am doing satin stitching. I was having tension issues and finally got it working for me. I changed thread color and now the top thread is not connecting with the bobbin. It sews a few stitches then stops with the error message and a ball of thread on the under side of the fabric. I have tried different settings and switched to a straight stitch and still have the same problem. This machine is new to me so I am still learning how to use it. Any help will be appreciated.

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It sounds like the problem is actually with the needle thread, remove the spool from the machine, raise the preser foot to the up postiton and the rethread the machine.
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  1. . re-thread your machine with a rainbow of colors. (important that you remove the existing threads if you are not sure it is threaded properly.) make sure you are lifting the presser foot while rethreading.
  2. Sew a good 6 inches.
  3. Look to see which threads are the offenders and tighten the co-responding tension knobs a little.
  4. Sew another 6 inches. Examine the result. Adjust tension again if needed.
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  6. Finally when your stitches are perfect. clip the threads at the spools in back. And tie on the coordinating colored thread for your fabric.
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Symptoms like this are typically tension or threading problems.
Grab some dental floss (unwaxed) completely remove the top thread. Lift the foot. Run your floss between any tension discs.

Get out your manual and make sure you thread it properly. Have the proper retention disc on the thread spindle if your machine has one. Make sure the thread is unspooling the correct way. Thread the machine with the foot up always. ...

Test sew on scrap. still breaking? Change the needle (make sure it's the right needle for the project.) Test sew. Finally check your tension and stitch length. Thicker materials typically need longer stitches. Loosen the tension a little at a time. testing between changes.

If none of those things work... check your needle throat plate and foot. There could be a burr causing the problem.

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There are two tension adjustments, which should be done with a proper set of weight gauges - top and bottom thread tension should be carefully balanced to get the best stitch formation. It is best that you assume the top tension is correct and adjust the bobbin tension to match. Load the bobbin with thread of one colour and put a spool of the same thread but a different colour on the top. Thread-up the machine, load the bobbin and sew-off a satin-stitch on max width zig-zag. In this configuration, there should be a very small 'bead' of the top thread showing along each side of the satin-stitch on the underside of the material. If there's excessive top showing, the bobbin tension is too high and if none, the bobbin tension is too low. To adjust the tension, remove the bobbin case and you will see a spring around the edge with two screws through it. One of the screws holds the spring in place and the other adjusts the tension - this is furthest from the edge of the spring and is in a small 'cup' in the spring itself. To reduce tension, turn the screw VERY SLIGHTLY anticlockwise and to increase it turn it clockwise. Make very slight adjustments and re-check sewing-off the satin-stitch every time until you get the required thin line of top showing down each side of the stitch on the underside. Ideally this should be done with Mettler Metrosene thread, but as we're just balancing against the top tension, it shouldn't matter too much provided you use a good thread top and bottom.

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Bobbin tension


Bobbin Tension Adjustment:

1. Do you have a genuine Bernina bobbin casing and not an Oriental copy? If yes, proceed as follows:
2. To set the bobbin tension, wind a genuine Bernina bobbin with Metrosene thread, type 1161 white thread as your "gaging thread". Load the bobbin case so that the bobbin turns CW. Attach the bobbin case to the hook body from the machine. Wind a couple of revolutions of thread around your index finger with the assembled bobbin case and hook body dangling about 6" to 12" below your finger. Gently and rapidly move your finger back and forth in a "sideways" motion about 1/4" to create a gentle vibration on the bobbin assembly. (Do not shake the bobbin assembly up and down). When the tension is right, the bobbin assembly should fall slowly and as you stop the movement, the assembly should stop.
The adjustment is found on the small screw, holding the flat tension spring against the bobbin case. If the tension is too tight, one must loosen the screw (past) the desired location and always make the adjustment by tightening to the correct position.

There are other checks for tension imbalance and associated problems on the bobbin case that I won't go into here. For further information I can help you later on.

Top Tension Adjustment:

1. The top tension rarely changes and can be depended on throughout the life of that machine providing that tension assembly is maintained occasionally. This can be done by blowing out the tension disks with the presser bar lever in the up position. One can also drag or pull a piece of sized percale or muslin through the disks with the presser bar lever in a down position. Perhaps both methods can be employed.
2. Load the top of the machine with Metrosene 1161 thread in a dissimilar color. I prefer to use a pastel color so as not to create an optical illusion of imbalanced tension.
3. Sew a satin stitch (.25 on the Nova 900) in sized cotton muslin with a thin piece of paper between two plys of fabric. The width should not exceed 4.5mm (standard width on the 900 Nova), however the newer machines have wider stitch widths so one must adjust as specified. The result will be a slight amount of top thread in symmetric lines on both the right and left sides of the satin stitch.

Typically, the top tension will not need adjusting. If the Nova 900 needs adjustment, please ask for additional help.

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