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You haven't said what make and model of machine you have.

Howver, pressure onto the feed dogs is usually controlled by adjusting the pressure foot pressure which is pushing the fabric down onto the feed dogs, you don't usually adjust the feed dogs themselves.

Pressure foot pressure is sometimes a dial or knob on top above the pressure foot area, if there isn't one visible on your machine, then it probably isn't a feature it has.

My Janome has knob on top that you can turn turn or up to tighten or loosen the pressure - I don't usually adjust it much though, only time might be if I'm sewing a couple of layers of vinyl or leather and having trouble getting it to feed.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011

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How do I drop the dog feed on a Sonata 2210


Check for a feed drop lever. It is usually on the free arm in the front or back. If not then you need to use a darning plate that goes over your needle plate.

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I'm sorry, but you will have to be more specific. There is a top and bottom tension. The top tension is adjusted using a dial of some kind, visible on your machine. It has numbers on it; generally the lower the number, the tighter the tension. The bobbin tension generally does not need adjusting, although it can be adjusted. Please write again to let me know what it is doing that leads you to believe the tension needs adjusting.

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When sewing, the top stitch and thread is fine. when you look under it is a huge mess of upper thread. I have cleaned shuttle, fixed the bobbin, replaced bobbin and upper thread. A number of times.


Recheck the tension on the top thread. Test it before you put it through the needle to see if there's any tension. It should pull but with some resistance. Also check the needle and make sure it is the right type for the fabric and not bent etc.

Looping on the underside of the stitch is from the upper thread, usually tension problem. But do check the bobbin tension and make sure it isn't too tight, though that's not usually the problem you're describing. The two tensions need to work together in order to get a nice, flat (not puckered or loopy) stitch.

One last thing you might check too, though again this wouldn't typically be the problem - is the dogfeed moving the material along under the presser foot correctly?

Most of the time the problem you're describing is due to not enough tension on the upper thread.

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Hi iam not sure how explain my problem with my sewing machine.when i try to sew the strings does not comes stright. it gets messed up the top comes ok but the bottom of the layer comes out all strings...


If I'm understanding the problem right it sounds like you have no tension on the bobbin. Take it out and see if the thread has any resistance when you pull it out. If you hold it up by thel thread and let it dangle and it just drops to the floor the tension isn't right. Check and make sure it is threaded correctly and tighten the tension. Test it again and when you dangle it, it should drop a bit with resistance when you hold it by the thread.

Also check that the top tension isn't too tight, but in this case it is more likely that the bobbin is too loose. And check to see if the dogfeed (the teeth that comes through the plate opening under the needle) is up and moving the material through the presser foot. If the material isn't moving at all it will sort of stitch "in one place" which will give you a bunch of threads all knotted up underneath. If those underneath threads are loopy that is a sign the bobbin thread is too loose (tension too loose)

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2. Is the material sheer or thin? If you can drop the dogfeed a bit you might want to do that or you can sew through tissue paper (on the bottom side) to keep the material from being pulled down.

If those things don't help you might try lengthening the stitch just a tad and make sure the needle you're using is the right size for the fabric.

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I have a 26 year old Elna and this is the only weakness it has. Before sewing, try this. Turn the wheel manually and watch the upper thread pick up the bobbin thread. Pull both back to the left. Make sure they are plenty long. This helps me prevent the tangling in the dogfeed. My Elna has a universal tension on the bottom and I haven't ever had a problem with it unless the top tension is too tight.

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