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What number on the wheel is the tension supposed to be for straight stitching

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You will have to adjust your tension according to the fabric you are sewing and the needle you are using.
Most fabrics are happy with the tension set somewhere in the middle of the range. It is best to sew on a scap of the material you are using before you start and adjust the tension till your stitch looks good on both sides.

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

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How to adjust the bobbin tension.


According to the manual, you should not need to adjust the bobbin tension (and I located other sites which stated the bobbin tension cannot be adjusted on this machine). Apparently, all the tension adjustment is accomplished through the upper thread::
"EN Thread Tension Upper thread tension Basic thread tension setting: "4". (1) To increase the tension, turn the dial to the next number up. To reduce the tension, turn the dial to the next number down. A. Normal thread tension for straight stitch sewing. B. Thread tension too loose for straight stitch sewing. Turn dial to higher number. C. Thread tension too tight for straight stitch sewing. Turn dial to lower number. D. Normal thread tension for zig zag and decorative sewing. Correct thread tension is when a small amount of the upper thread appears on the bottom side of fabric. Lower thread tension The bobbin tension has been set correctly at the factory, so you do not need to adjust it. Please note: - Proper tension setting is important for strong seams. - There is no single tension setting appropriate for all stitch functions, thread or fabric. - A balanced tension (identical stitches both top and bottom) is usually only desirable for straight stitch construction sewing. - 90% of all sewing will be between "3" and "5". - For zig zag and decorative sewing stitch functions, thread tension should generally be less than for straight stitch sewing. - For all decorative sewing you will always obtain a nicer stitch and less fabric puckering when the upper thread appears on the bottom side of your fabric. 1 A B C 22 D"

Doing further research, I found this statement on a machine review site:
"After reading reviews online from where I've bought my drop-in bobbin machines, I think many of the negative reviews are due to the bobbin thread coming up without laying across the bobbin. It can cause the stitches to look very sloppy and no amount of tension adjusting can fix the stitches."

There are several machine review sites wherein 4423 owners stated their disappointment in the 4423's performance. Some said the machine failed almost immediately and others said the machines developed problems when sewing heavy fabric.

Apr 26, 2015 | Singer 4423 Sewing Machine

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How do I get my sewing machine to sew with correct tension and straight stitches?


Over time, internal adjustments and servicing is required, at a sewing centers, service dept.
Take it in, have them look and repair, pay the nominal charge!
you will be glad you did!

Apr 16, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Does anyone know how to set a Brother sewing machine for a straight low tension stitch?


Stitch length on 2.5 and stitch width on zero, and just loosen the top tension by a half number if you want the tension looser. If your machine has a stitch selector knob, make sure it is set to the straight stitch setting.

Oct 10, 2011 | Brother XL-2600I

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I have a singer 7258 that I can not get the tension to loosen up on. The top stitch is straight across and adjusting dial doesn't help.


Hello

Adjust the tension

Load your sewing machine with one color on top, threaded through the needle. Load the second color thread into the bobbin and thread.


Fold the scrap fabric in half, and sew a straight stitch at least 2 inches long. Look closely at the seam. If you see loops of the bottom color thread on top of the fabric, proceed to Step 3. If you see loops of the top color thread on the bottom of the fabric, proceed to step 4.


Loosen the top tension. Since the top tension is so tight, it is pulling the bottom thread up through the fabric. Loosen the top tension by turning the numbered knob on the front of the sewing machine counterclockwise by one number.


Tighten the top tension. Since the top tension is too loose, the bottom thread is pulling the top thread down through the fabric. Tighten the top tension by turning the numbered knob on the front of the sewing machine clockwise by one number.


Sew a straight stitch 3 inches in length. Check the stitching. It is perfect if the threads meet in the middle, and you can only see the top thread on top and the bottom thread on bottom. If it still needs adjusting, go back to step 2 to repeat the needed steps.


Using two different colored threads makes it easier for you to see which thread is being pulled.

Always use proper precautions when working with electrical machines.

Aug 01, 2011 | Singer Sewing Machines

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While sewing the thread will break


Take a small piece of material and take several practice runs of a straight stitch. If the cotton breaks try adjusting the small tension wheel (numbered 1234 etc) . To decrease tension turn to a lower number. Adust as necessary until you get a satisfactory stitch.

Jan 30, 2011 | Brother SE350 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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What are the best settings on the 4 dials for the straight stitch? Do the ones on top have to match the wheel settings below? Thanks from a novice


Hello,
#1- tension settings, set this to "5" and leave it
#2- width control setting, 0 would be straight while 5 would be the full width of the stitch (would make a wide zig zag)
#3- Length control, larger the number, longer the stitch. (usually you will set this from 1.5 to 2.5)
#4- Stitch selector, match up the number with the stitch you want to sew. If you want to use the lower row of stitches (14-25) set the length dial to "ss". (ss stands for stretch stitch, such as for #14 (three rows of straight dashed lines) instead of just sewing one stitch forward, the machine will sew back and forth giving you a stretchy stitch/stronger)
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Let me know if you need more help :) Chris

Jun 11, 2010 | Brother XL-2600

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Proper Settings


A good standard tension setting is usually around 4.5.
If you find it to be looping on the bottom, raise your top tension. If it's pulling bobbing thread to the top, lower your top tension.
For straight stitch, your stitch width should be set to zero, although on some machines (and I believe your Baby Lock to be one of them,) the stitch width setting will change your needle position.
Stitch length is simply a matter of preference.

-R

Aug 14, 2008 | Baby Lock Ellure

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Sewing newbie needs help


I haven't seen this machine before but in general, the most common problem is the bobbin. Either it's not wound correctly, poor thread or put into the machine wrong. Other wise wheel number 3 looks like a stitch selection dial to me. Try turning it and see what happens to the needle. When you change from straight stitch to say zig zag it would move right or left. On dial #2 isn't there some writing? What does it say? In general there is no need to change the tension of the bottom thread unless you are sewing extreme fabrics such as leather and silk. What is the range of numbers on the dials? Try putting them in the middle of the range to see if it has an impact of the quality of the stitch. My bet is on the bobbin thread not being correct. Try taking it out and putting it in so that the thread is traveling into the bobbin case from the opposite direction. I'd try this after taking out all of the thread (if it came with the bobbin) and reloading it. A straight thread on the top happens when the top thread tension is too tight if I remember correctly. It is stronger than the bottom and doesn't move so to speak.

Feb 03, 2008 | Singer Featherweight II 117

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