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Tension Problems with my Elna 1000
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Date: 2/13/14 5:15 AM

Can anyone help me?

I got an Elna 1000 for my birthday last weekend (yay! the first machine of my very own). My mother-in-law and I sat down with it on Tuesday and got it up and running. We noticed the fabric (just a light cotton) was pulling a little so we adjusted the tension down from 4 to 2 and now we can't get the tension sorted at any level. It immediately began showing the bottom thread at the top, with loose bubbling stitches on the bottom, and now even if we put the tension back to 4 it continues to sew like this.

Help! I desperately want to get into sewing on my machine - it's like holding the chocolate bar in your hand and being told you can't eat it!

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Date: 2/13/14 2:20 PM

Rethread. Take bobbin out too and start again. Have the pressor foot raised when threading.

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Date: 2/13/14 3:00 PM

I second the advice, plus use the manual again and make SURE the bobbin gets inserted properly and the top threading follows the correct path. Put the top tension on 3 or 4 and have a go...carefully. If you need to, take it back to the dealer and have it looked at, but most often it is threading. Aso check your needle...put in a new needle...again, look at your manual and make sure it is in right.

There is a free video class at Craftsy which is called something like Sewing Machines 101, and it is excellent on several topic....aimed at beginners with mechanical machines.

Good luck!

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Date: 2/13/14 3:05 PM

I think you also got your bobbin in the machine with the thread just feeding off of it , in there in the wrong direction. When the bobbin case is in your hand, and the bobbin in it is facing you, with you looking at at it; the thread needs to pull off of it and feed off of it, in a counter clockwise direction. So flip your bobbin over the other way. But also just put the top tension back to the middle mark, and that is probably is just the right place for it.

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Date: 2/14/14 3:07 PM

Kaibea, did anything we suggested help? I hope so! Keep us posted please. :)

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