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Babylock proline model bl4-838df thread tension adjuster knobs will not turn - how to fix

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Babylock Espree

we just found that if you are using an aftermarket bobbin (even produced by brother) that they are not the same size and once we put an original bobbin back on it fixed it perfectly. the aftermarkets were a bit larger and did not fit in the case as well. Good luck

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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SOURCE: thread tension on Babylock Esante2

Try a wing needle, it will keep the vinyl from pinching the thread. Don't be afraid to crank up the upper tension all the way if you are using heavy thread.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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SOURCE: Hi, how do I adjust bottom tension of bobbin

hi there,

you mean bobbin tension,on figure shown13eaa16.jpg there is set up screw on the body latch of bobbins
if you can see,use small flat screw driver adjust gradually not to tight then insert thread have it pull this should be on trial and error bases because there is no numerical figure to indicate,mostly this was factory adjusted have you ever watch sewing on try it type this on you internet address,then on you tube search box type
"sewing machine"there are set up slide on sewing machine intruction,have a nice day to you and don't forget to rate me thank's

Posted on Apr 10, 2009

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SOURCE: loose stitches on bottom

FYI.. Loops on the bottom, problem is on the top..
Loops on the top, broblem is with the bobbin.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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SOURCE: tension settings for the babylock sewing machine

I found that the tension setting of 1 worked. The main problem was the machine had thread wound around behind the bobbin. I had to take the plates that are under the foot out, clean out the thread, oil the machine and use a spool of thread that had more weight than the little spool I was trying to use.

Posted on May 17, 2009

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My Babylock sewing machine has the lower thread to tight and the upper thread looks great. how do I fix that

You may need to tighten the bobbin tension. Sometimes, if you slightly tighten the upper tension, it will bring the bobbin thread up further into the fabric.

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Mar 05, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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How do I adjust the bobbin tension on baby lock elure plus

The owner's manual provides instructions for adjusting the tension by manipulating the upper tension to either tighten or loosen the upper thread:

However, here is a discussion about adjusting bobbin tension:

Be very careful adjusting the bobbin tension as it is very easy to over-adjust.



Dec 13, 2015 | Baby Lock Sewing Machines

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How do i adjust thread tension

Depends on your Bernina model. Some of the older mechanical models (830 Record, etc), the thread will wrap around a tension knob which you can turn right to tighten or left to loosen. The newer mechanicals, the thread passes through a slot at the top of the machine which is the tension disk, but somewhere nearby there is a dial to increase or decrease the tension. The computerized models, the tension is adjustable on the screen.

Jul 06, 2014 | Bernina Sewing Machines

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How do I set up my babylock serger for a rolled hem? What is the tension to be set at?

I don't know your babylock well, some of these have automatic tensions and electronic stitch selection. But a rolled hem is achieved on any overlocker in the following way; the actual dials and knobs might vary a bit.

Firstly there is a stitch finger that you need to change or retract so that the thread can roll the fabric rather than staying flat. For a normal seam this finger sticks out in the area where the loopers and needle form the stitch holding the cut edge flat until the seam is made over it. But for rolled hems you want to retract this finger so it does roll.

On the Bernettes this is a little lever in front of the stitching area that you pull back to retract the finger. Have a look around where the stitch forms and you should see the finger. Some machines, its a part you change on the needle plate with a screw driver, or just move a switch or lever.

You want the right hand needle in place, remove the left hand needle.

Thread upper looper with wooly overlock thread, this is a fluffy nylon that pulls flat under tension but relaxes and "fills" out once its stitched into place. Gives that lovely covered look you see on shop bought tablecloth edges. Your regular thread in needle and lower looper. Usually cutting blade to the right side as you want it to cut more fabric than in the seam so it rolls under. Now loosen off the tension on the top looper, (I use 2 on mine but this is something you need to finesse with each machine), and tighten up the tension on lower looper, (about 7). Leave needle tension alone.

Now test stitch on your fabric, and finess the upper and lower looper tensions until you get the lower looper thread almost not showing, it should be right up against the needle on the underside with the upper looper thread completely wrapping around top and bottom, pulling the fabric under.a seam like this.

Test stitch and adjust upper and lower looper until this is happening.

Now, turn stitch length down to close up the stitching, probably 1 or 0.8 if you want a real satin stitch look to the hem.

Because of the stitch density this uses thread so do the finessing first, then turn the length down.

That's it! Now right down the tension settings you used and keep handy for next time.

Sep 24, 2011 | Baby Lock Eclipse Serger

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How do you tighten the tension for the thread?

Top tension on most machine is adjusted by turning a tension knob in front of two discs this holds the thread tight. bottom tension is uasually adjusted by turning a very small screw on the bobbin case were the thread comes out from under.

May 20, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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Bobbin thread

Not completely sure on your model but you have to adjust (loosen) the tension on the top thread to match the tension on the bottom thread. Usually there is a wheel on the upper right of the machine. the tension adjust is the knob inside that wheel. Turn counter clockwise about 1/8 turn. Then try and repeat until it works. Check owners manual for top thread tension adjustment if needed.

Good luck.

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Nov 21, 2009 | Sewing Machines

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Tension settings for the babylock sewing machine

I found that the tension setting of 1 worked. The main problem was the machine had thread wound around behind the bobbin. I had to take the plates that are under the foot out, clean out the thread, oil the machine and use a spool of thread that had more weight than the little spool I was trying to use.

May 15, 2009 | Baby Lock BL1556

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Bottom thread is looping.

If the thread is looping on the bottom, then your problem is on the top. Pull the thread out of the needle and and put the presser foot down. If the thread pulls thru easily, then you need to rethread your machine making sure the thread is thru the top tension wheel correctly.

Rule of thumb::
Loops on the bottom, Problem on the top
Loops on the top, problem on the bottom.

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