Originally Posted by Vivian2981
I was surfing the web trying to find help on my Consew226. I found a post here but it was dated back last year..so anyway, I am taking a chance to see if any of y'all have one. I'm having problems with mine. Of course I bought it used and no, it didn't come with a manual...I've had it checked out, and it runs great for the repairman, certainly nothing new there...
What is is doing is messing up on the bottom tension..making tight little loops on the upper thread..and it will break the upper thread...The machine is old...but heavy duty and will sew anything for the repairman...does anyone have any suggestions?
Thank you in advance,
I have the same machine. If the machine sews great for the repairman then you are doing something wrong. The machine doesn't know who's running it. Is the thread straight across the bottom of the stitch? If so, either the bottom tension is too tight, or the top tension is too loose. Do you know how to loosen the bottom tension? There are two small screws that hold the spring steel tension to the side of the bobbin case. Loosening the front screw loosens the bottom tension. Is the machine threaded correctly? Here's a picture of how the machine should be threaded. It's especially important to have the thread seated firmly into the two tension disks on the top tension. If the thread isn't firmly seated you will have too little top tension which will cause stitches like you describe. Does the thread go through the thread guide just above the top of the needle? Are you installing the bobbin correctly? The thread should pull off the bobbin from right to left. Is your needle the right one for the machine (135X17) and installed correctly? The groove on the side of the needle should face left. Here is a link to the instruction manual for your machine:
Also take a look at this manual for the Singer 111W machines, it has a great description of stitch problems: (your machine is a clone of the 111W, and has the same bobbin case, top tension, and attachments)CLICK HERE
Unfortunately, neither of the two manuals is much help with other problems.