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Just starting yesterday(I haev had the machine for a couple of years) my quilt designer two has been having tension difficulties. Basically its sewing what it should be sewing on the back of the fabric when it is embroidering. Also, now when I try to sew normally the bobbin thread is showing on the top. When I try to adjust the tension, I have to put the upper thread tension super light(which causes its own mess of problems). Thanx in advance for any help.

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Remove the bobbin and reinsert it so that it turns counter clockwise when you pull on the thread.
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