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The stitch on the bottom of the material is very loose and is bunching and looks terrible, the top thread keeps skipping and breaking, Ive fiddled with the tension and still having problems

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Let me give you a general lesson on adjusting tension that will work for any machine. I suggest you thread the top of the machine with a different color thread than the bottom so that it's easier to see what adjustments you need to make.

Thread your machine with the presser foot UP. The disks that control the tension (threadgoes through them) are tightened up if the foot is down. Change the machine tension with the presser foot DOWN.Because the disks won't be engaged (see above) if the foot is up, the diskswon't move. Start at the middle setting, 3. Go up to tighten, decrease toloosen. Each machine is different, even 2 different machines of the same model.The best thing to do is start at 3 and use a different color in the top andbobbin thread so you can easily see what changes to the tension do to yourstitches. Now use a straight stitch a sew 3 or so inches. Take a lookat the top and bottom of the fabric. You don't want to see any (or at least notmuch) of the other color showing from the other side. Loops on the bottom of the fabric means you need to tighten(increase) your top tension. If you're stitches on the bottom are causingpuckering, then you need to loosen you're top tension. For the most part, youreally don't want to touch your bobbin tension-leave that to a repairtechnician. The factory setting shouldn't be touched except by someone whoreally knows what they're doing. Keep sewing a few inches at a time until you have the resultsyou want. Now you're tension is where you need it!

Posted on May 22, 2011

  • BARBARA SIPES Aug 07, 2012

    i have tried all of this and i still cant seem to get it straight.

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