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Your manual should tell you what number your tension should be at, but ii always just pul the thread manually an if it glides through machine a wee sample check you bottom stitch if it's slack , tighten the tension, if it's tight slacken tension

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Try sewing but bottom thread on fabric is crumpING UP


needle thread tension is not adjusted up properly tighten the setting until you have resistance when you pull the thread to thread the needle

Oct 02, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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What are the correct top & bottom tensions for this machine?


Both tensions are preset at the factory. Normally, the bobbin tension is the last one to adjust. Most often tension adjustments are made to the top thread. The factory standard setting for the upper thread is the midway point between the high & low numbers, however, each machine is different and may need slight readjustment.

The tensions are correct when both, the upper and bobbin, threads meet in the middle of the fabric. Tension is not static. Differing fabric weights, thread, or needle sizes may necessitate a change to tension. Lighter weight fabrics like chiffon will require a different tension setting than heavy fabrics like denim. Always test first on scraps of the fabric you plan to sew. Get the tension set the way you want it before you begin sewing your project.


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Mar 04, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Upper thread keeps breaking


The most common cause of upper thread breakage is incorrect threading. Remove all the thread, install a brand new needle, RAISE the presser foot, and then rethread from the beginning. (Verify with the owner's manual that the threading process is correct.) The other thing to check is the upper tension setting. The factory standard setting is usually the halfway point between the high and low numbers. Tweak the upper tension to achieve correct tension. Correct tension is when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric. The upper tension is meant to be the most common method of tweaking tension. As such, a sewist should become comfortable with tweaking the upper tension.

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Jan 19, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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I hav a baby lock modelbl3-437 ive thread it correctly n the tension but it still doesn't make a stitch


You most likely did thread it correctly. Try to thread it with the foot up and give little tugs while doing it. If it snags there is a problem. If the tension isn't set properly there will be problems with sewing. Try to start by setting the top tension at four. Look at the attachment to follow some rules to set the bobbin tension.
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May 20, 2015 | Baby Lock Sewing Machines

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What is the correct tension number for the upper thread


upper thread should be set on 5 for correct tension

Jul 29, 2014 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Stitching very loose


thread is not under tension correctly. Check bobbin is under tension and that the top tension dial is set to a mid number ie 5 if it goes from 0 to 10.

Check thread is pulled between the tension discs fully and is correctly threaded.

Mar 29, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Tension problem?


Make sure the machine is threaded correctly.
Make sure your tension is set on 5.
Check and make sure there is no fluff or cotton stuck in your upper tension unit(Between the tension plates

Jun 28, 2009 | Brother XL3750 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Lower thread tension is too loose but no adjustment seems to work


From your description it appears that you have tried tension settings on the upper tension control adjustment knob without success.
Check that the bobin tension is adjusted correctly by taking out the bobin complete with the spool.
Pull the cotton thread and it should be a smooth light pressure if the tension is correct. If it is tight to pull or pulls freely then adjust the tension screw which is found on the outside of the bobbin. The screw is very small and requires a minature size screwdriver. The adjustment will only be a slight turn of the screw one way or the other to obtain the correct tension(depending if it was loose or tight).
Once this is set reinstall the bobin and tread up the machine, hopefully with the upper tension set at approx."2" the machine will sew correctly.

Nov 28, 2008 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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This is an answer to another person with a similar complaint. Try the suggestion below, it may fix the problem.

From your description it appears that you have tried tension settings on the upper tension control adjustment knob without success.
Check that the bobin tension is adjusted correctly by taking out the bobin complete with the spool.
Pull the cotton thread and it should be a smooth light pressure if the tension is correct. If it is tight to pull or pulls freely then adjust the tension screw which is found on the outside of the bobbin. The screw is very small and requires a minature size screwdriver. The adjustment will only be a slight turn of the screw one way or the other to obtain the correct tension(depending if it was loose or tight).
Once this is set reinstall the bobin and tread up the machine, hopefully with the upper tension set at approx."2" the machine will sew correctly.

Nov 14, 2008 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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