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Sewing Frustrations

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Troubleshooting Sewing Frustrations

Help! Thread is breaking, shredding, or misbehaving! What do you do?

We recommend taking a deep breath, perhaps walk away from the machine, and then return with a determination to follow these troubleshooting steps.

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Bobbin case Bobbin tension adjustments
To loosen or tighten the bobbin tension, turn the large screw in small, quarter turn increments

Sounds simple enough, right?

By following these steps, you will be able to solve most of your sewing frustrations. Keep the Troubleshooting Guide on hand by printing it here. Need help with adjusting your top tension or determining if you’re using the right needle size? Print out a copy of our Thread Reference Guide for Home Machines.

Read our article on the tension tug of war.

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