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Cannot fix tenson very old macheine but still working tenson on bobbin side love the old macheine li

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It probably needs a good tuneup. I am not too sure what your problem is but if you can send a detailed question, I can try and help you. It is too vague.

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Has the machine been regularly cleaned and oiled? Most times, older mechanical machines seize due to old oil turning to glue/varnish and preventing the parts from moving.

Perhaps a bit of Tri-Flow and heat will loosen it. If you are trying to wind bobbins, you can also purchase a stand-alone bobbin winder (one brand is called Sidewinder) for ~$30. It is helpful for many sewists because bobbins can be wound without unthreading the machine and it saves wear and tear on the machine. (Love my Nelco J-28!)

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I can help you with this, the Elna Lotus has a pretty simple bobbin winding system, the bobbin winder is top right of the machine, drop bobbin with holes to the top onto the spindle. Now Lotus have a dial on the right side which switches between bobbin winding, stitching and locked for transport, turn it to Bobbin symbol. Take the thread from the spool pin at the back across to the metal eyelet at top front (it sits inside the accessory tray when transporting so you may need to pop open the tray lid and flip this eyelet out)
24421001-h4211ohbpts0t3j0sbmab0vm-2-0.jpg Now take thread across and through a hole on top of the bobbin and holding the tail, put your foot onto the foot control to get a couple of winds onto the bobbin to hold the thread. Now place your finger or the handle of a pair of scissors onto the top of the thread spool to apply tension so that the thread winds evenly and slowly wind the bobbin until about 3/4 full, making sure it winds evenly. Tension onto the spool is the key here, Lotus doesn't have a tension device to control the thread tension as it winds so you need to do this, critical to getting a good stitch out of these lovely machines.

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Make sure you are threaded correctly. Also be sure that your bobbin is sitting in the casing correctly. If the timing is right and the hook is catching, the thread may not be pulling through correctly. Clean your machine as well. Make sure your tension spring is clean and doesn't need to be tuned up.

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try changing the needle--make sure it's the right needle for the fabricdo you have a manual for the machine?
try rethreading the machine top and bobbin
if the bobbin is top loading make sure it's turned correctly
if it's front or side loading bobbin makes sure the bobbin is inserted
correctly in the bobbin case and then make sure the bobbin case is
inserted correctly into the sewing machine.
clean under the needle plate and in the bobbin area for lint
let me know if these suggestion help or not

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I have a Kenmore Ultrastitch 12 model 158. 1595280 old hand me down. I love it. It has served me well. However, the bobbin thread starts off well then gets so tight that it pulls the spool thread in huge...

Sounds like it will need a tune up/adjustment and a professional cleaning/oiling. It is an older machine and it would be worth it to you to invest in it. The old war horses, are the best ones to put the money into because they do not make them like that anymore. Just be fussy who you have fix it, check them out.

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Loading a sewing macheine

There are two threads you're asking about, or could possibly be asking about. The first is the top thread. There is a diagram across the top of the machine with numbers(1, 2, 3, etc) detailing where to put the thread and how.

Your bottom thread, otherwise known as your Bobbin, will have the same diagrams, depending on whether it is a top loader, or a front loader. If it is a top loader, simply remove the bobbin door, and drop in the bobbin, making sure the thread is facing the direction the diagram tells you it should be facing. For a front loader, the diagram will also ensure you know what you're doing, often with a bobbin case involved.

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The bobbin thread and top stitching is loose. It leaves large hoop like parts in the thread and it's not tight. It just started this. I've checked the bobbin and made sure that everything is threaded...

looping indicates that the tension is not correct best thing to do is get some remnant fabric to hoop up while you work at adjusting your tensions, it sounds like your tension is too loose and sometimes it can take more than one needle change needles like anything can be defective

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I have a old old elna Stella 27 and it's a beauty but I am having problems with the lower thread tangling until it is a thickish mass around the outer side of the place the bobbin goes, but then sometimes...

Hi! Congratulations on your old Elna! I just love old sewing machines; they are so solid and reliable.

(Unless of course you're getting a big bird's nest with the bobbin thread, right? That's so frustrating!)

With my old machines, I've found that a tiny bit of thread caught in the bobbin assembly can cause these nasty tangles. I use a bright flashlight and a pair of tweezers and just keep looking until I find it. While you're in there, clean out any old lint or gunk (meaning, old oil) you find. Brush all the lint out. I use a q-tip moistened with a bit of WD-40 to clean the gunk (but be careful that the fuzz from the q-tip doesn't come off while you're cleaning). With the WD-40, you have to be very careful not to get any of it on the surface of the machine--it can mess up some of those beautiful old finishes.

So clean the bobbin area, make sure you're threading the bobbin correctly, and lastly, if you hold the tails of the top and bobbin threads snugly in your left hand behind the needle while you take the first few stitches, the birds' nests should be a thing of the past.

Let me know if this works, ok?

Happy Sewing!

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not sure which model you have, the best thing is to re thread the upper and the bobbin, make sure you put the bobbin in the right way. if you have the tenson on the front of your machine make sure the thread goes between the disks and correctly goes around the spring tension wire the right way it should be under it after lifting up on the thread.

if the bobbin is in wrong the thread will not be pick up try flipping it and turn the hand wheel by hand to bring up the thread,

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The bobbin thread is loose and bunches up under the material i have a model 1030 and i dont remember where the tenson is

It is the dial to the right of the take up arm on top. If you go all the way to 10 and nothing happens then you'll need to take it to your nearest technician or Bernina dealership. Also its possible you may have put your bobbin in the bobbincase the wrong way. After putting the bobbin in the case and pulling the thread the bobbin should turn clockwise.
Good luck.

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