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My tension dial popped off my machine while i was sewing? I cannot get it to stay on the machine now....which means I cannot use it? Any suggestions?

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I would call Brother at 1-877-276-8437 and ask them for a new tension dial, it sounds like it was defective for it to pop off. It is worth a try. If, they don't want to take care of you, you can go to and order one for $21.99. I am only telling you the price that I found so if Brother wants to charge you, you have an idea of how much they sell for and what they look like for you compare if yours has a broken piece on it. But, I think that they will take care of you. Good luck

Posted on Dec 30, 2010

  • intrinsicme Apr 03, 2011

    This just happened to me also. If it is the same thing that happened for me, you do not need a new tension dial. If you look at the dial, there are 3 little sections that just out from the back of the dial. There is an additional longer, thinner piece that juts out as well. In the end, this longer, thinner plastic piece should sit/snap just below the screw on the inside of the machine. So, first you have to take the side of the machine off by taking out a screw in the back and popping it out. (There is a little "clip" that holds it in place - you can get an idea for where this is while looking at the left side of the machine with the light on). After taking off the side of the machine to expose the inside, line up the little plastic spots that jut out of the dial with their matching cut-out counterparts on the inside of the machine. Once you do this, you want to move the dial to the right so that it locks back into place. However, the screw will be in the way. So, at this point, you will simply have to do some CAREFUL maneuvering to get the longer, thinner plastic piece over the screw to lock it back into place. Good luck!



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