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Trouble with tension dial
Jesemine
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Date: 4/15/13 12:27 PM

I got this awesome machine recently and have been playing with it trying to get it all better and ready for sewing. I thought I had it and was even able to make a few stitches. It seems, however, that the thread keeps getting caught in the tension discs, even at "0". This machine doesn't adjust down past zero, so I have loosened the knob as loose as I can without it falling apart, and this seems to help but the tension is still so tight that it won't pull through the tension knob. Flossing the discs did not solve the problem, so I took it apart and cleaned all the components but it did not seem to change anything. There is definitely not something caught in there, it was threaded with the presser foot raised, and the lower tension has been checked. I don't know what else I can do short of Mr. Repair man (which I cannot afford). Is it possible that whoever had the machine before me put a spring in the tension dial that was too big for this machine? How else could I loosen the loosest setting on the tension knob?

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Date: 4/15/13 7:42 PM

I think from what you said, that your tension disks are clamped closed all the time, no matter if set at the middle # for sewing like it should be most of the time, or turned all the way to zero (where really no one can ever sew good at all, no matter what) instead. I think that is because it's an old machine, and it has/had a little pin going into the back of the tension device, and that little pin, has just got worn down a bit too short or maybe even fell out somehow. So now, even when you raise your pressure foot up like as to put fabric in or take fabric out of the machine, since the pin on the back of your tension device is missing or just worn down to short, and no matter what else you do, all those tension disks are always clamped tight and all the way closed. Not a good thing when trying to sew anything. So I think it's probably just not going to work good for you, until you got a new little replacement pin in there instead, going into the back of your top tension device, so it can work better. If you think that is it, just raise up your pressure foot, and look, and if no matter what the dail is set at, that should still open up the tension disks. When/if it does not, then I think that is your problem.

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Date: 4/15/13 7:57 PM

Raising the presser foot opens the tension. See if the thread pulls through freely.

If it does, then lower the presser foot and set the tension.

Presser foot up when threading; presser foot down when setting the tension.

Hope this will work for you.

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"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

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Date: 4/16/13 5:37 PM

The disks open and close when the presser foot is up/down, and the tension does get even tighter when the dial up to 9, so I think I just need to adjust the tension looser somehow. When the foot is up the thread slides through freeley, but when it's down it's just too much tension. Any ideas? i will take the whole assembly apart again and check the pin more closely.
-- Edited on 4/16/13 5:41 PM --

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