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Topic: I don't think the tension adjuster is working?  (Read 1834 times)
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« on: February 06, 2014 05:08:07 PM »

It makes no difference how I turn the tension knob, I don't see any difference in the tension. I'm not sure it's functioning correctly and now, my bottom stitches are loose. Any advice? How do I tell if it's actually working or not?

I have a Singer Merritt 2404.
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2014 08:17:42 PM »

Have you tried cleaning the fuzz/lint out of your machine?  That sometimes helps. 

« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014 01:25:37 PM »

Okay, it DOES seem to be making a difference, I guess. But there's a new problem that keeps occurring now. It keeps pulling the fabric into the machine, down where the bobbin is. Huh I have no idea why it would be doing this. I don't think I have the tension set too high because I'm not getting puckering. And I have it threaded correctly, bobbin and spool.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2014 05:15:15 PM »

Is it possible you have the zig zag throat plate in place instead of the straight stitch one?

« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2014 02:09:10 PM »

I have a Singer model #348 (circa 1963(?)) that had similar tension problems.  I kept turning the tension (I call it the cymbals because that's what the dial looks like) and no matter what I did I couldn't fix it.  I called in the repairman and it was thread caught in the bobbin area.  10-15 minutes and it was fixed.  Also there is an adjustment that can me made in the bobbin holder casing but I wouldn't attempt to handle that. 

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2014 11:47:51 PM »

It does sound like a bobbin case problem.  Threads get caught in the case and prevent it from tensioning properly. Kind of like getting dental floss stuck between your teeth.

If it's really clean but still a problem, there's usually a tiny screw on the bobbin case; turn it one way (probably clockwise) to increase bobbin tension, and counterclockwise to reduce it.  Pay attention to how much you turned it, so you can do it again or undo it.

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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2014 07:53:56 AM »

Maybe I'm off base  but.........
Most machines the upper thread tensioner (one she appears to be questioning) only works when the presser
foot is down.
So check the tensioner itself. It is spring loaded. If it is a used machine new to you, somebody could of done something to it (torn it apart and reassembled it wrong or lost a piece).
Also most pressure feet have a amount of pressure adjustment. There must be at least minimal pressure on the foot when down.

As to fabric being pulled down into the machine.
Again as another said you could have the wrong plate for the material and the type of stitch.
Also the pressure foot may have too much pressure on it.  Release the adjuster somewhat.

Also if the bobbin tension is way too tight for the thin flimsy material you may be sewing, it can pull the fabric down also. But then there will be other issues , such as balled up loops of thread under the material and caught in the bobbin area.
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