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Bobbin tension I can't find a screw to adjust the bobbin tension on my machine (singer, 5805C) The thread is in big loops =(  I just paid $80. to have the darn thing cleaned and tuned up!!!!! Any way enough about me =) Can you give me any pointers?

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    I cannot adjust the tension on my bobbin thread
    I have adjusted the screw

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    tension of bobbin keeps looping

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Singer 5805c



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I figured out that the bobbin was in upside down ! Who knew that there was a right or wrong way to load a bobbin =) 

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K McMurdo's answer is correct.
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