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Babylock Ellageo
Need Help!! Adjusting lower tension
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Date: 9/17/12 3:38 AM

Help! I purchased a brand new Babylock Ellageo this summer and shipped it to Japan where I'm living for the next several years. Right out of the box I messed it up! I was sewing and the next thing I knew the fabric had gotten down into the feed dogs and I had to take the plate off the machine and remove the fabric. I had to remove the bobbin case as well. Since then the bottom tension is either too loose or too tight. I'm beginning to sew again and MANY years and I'm not sure what the top side looks like when the bottom tension is too loose or just the opposite when it's to tight. Please help me get this right so that I can begin practicing and making a few things to brush up on my skills. Thanks in advance! Zoe Ingram
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Date: 9/17/12 9:22 AM

welcome back to sewing. There are quite a few of us who are back after a lengthy absence so you are in good company. Machines eat fabric quite often for various reasons (usually operator error when it happens to me). I am not sure what your original settings were but I think you need to rethread everything. Take the bobbin case out and check for threads etc caught in there. Carefully put everything back according to the manual-if you don't get that bobbin case back in correctly then you will have problems. I think this is probably what happened. Then tightly screw the faceplate down; I say "tightly" because I have a mechanical Janome that if the faceplate is not screwed down tightly (tighter than I thought necessary) then the bobbin jumps around and I get thread nests. Rethread everything and then use contrasting thread and material so you can see what the stitches should look like. Use a longer stitch too-like a 3 (that is about a middle length stitch). I am sure there are some youtube videos that might help you as well. HTH
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Date: 9/18/12 0:56 AM

There is a great article in the current Threads magazine on sewing machine maintenance that addresses how to adjust the tension on your machine. I have an Ellageo, but older version. I agree with Marie, but you won't need to screw the faceplate down that tightly. use different colored thread in the bobbin. The stitch should be balanced from top to bottom. If you see loose threads, you'll know which ones they are because of the two different colors. Good luck!


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Date: 9/18/12 6:40 AM

I have an older version, too, and I've found that if one doesn't get the bottom sections locked back in place just right, it makes wads of thread behind the bobbin. Look at where the plastic and metal plates join and make sure the plastic piece isn't misaligned - even slightly.
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Date: 9/18/12 12:17 PM

Refer to the maintenance section of the manual for your machine.

This will explain and show you how to clean and then, reposition the bobbin case back into the race.

Make sure you are threading your machine with the presser foot up - always!

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