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Old 04-17-2011, 02:22 PM
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Do know that when you go to thread your machine you need to make sure the presser foot is locked in the UP position. That opens those tensioning disks to allow the thread to slip between them while you're threading it. I didn't know that when I first started out and it caused me no end to tensioning problems.

The foot doesn't have to be up to thread the machine, you just need to make sure the thread is seated all the way down in between the tension disks. You can do that without the foot being up with no problem unless your top tension is too tight. If you don't seat the thread all the way down it can screw up the first few stitches until the top thread tightens itself up just from running through the machine. If you hold onto the top thread when you pick up the bottom thread, the top thread should seat itself.

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Old 04-17-2011, 04:01 PM
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True, Dan - I just find it a lot easier to flip the lever to lock the presser foot up and be done with it. I didn't mean to imply that locking it in the up position was the only way to do it.
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I just did a test of this to imprint my mind on how this tensioner works.

With the presser down it is much harder to pull the thread between the discs. This why I was having trouble getting started.
With the presser up the thread just barely drags, but you can definitely feel it 'drop in'.

As for threading the needle I haven't had a bit of trouble with this. My eyes are much better than my ears. haha
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True, Dan - I just find it a lot easier to flip the lever to lock the presser foot up and be done with it. I didn't mean to imply that locking it in the up position was the only way to do it.
I like to thread the machine with the foot down, then the tension disks hold the thread in place. It doesn't matter, as long as the thread is seated in the tensioner correctly when you're done.
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I'll give that a try tonight.

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Well I got the welt foot for the windlace. My initial test was ok. At least the seam was snug against the curve of the foam rubber.

The stitch per inch however is now about 8 instead of 5 I was getting. Not sure what was wrong. I took the test apart a number of times but the length of the stitch is still the same.

I switched back to the standard foot and made a seam. Well now the problems started. The top thread is far too loose and totally unresponsive to the tensioner. I took the tensioner apart thinking there might be a piece of thread caught in it. Nothing. It actually was very clean with no wear at all.
Then I went back to Dan's threading pictures and rethreaded the whole thing. It really was ok except for the top pin. I keep forgetting to bring the loc-tite home so I can properly position it. I did thread it but it is rotated almost 90 degrees.

Then I went after the bobbin. I installed a new one. I could see the spring down along side the bobbin case but I couldn't get the the thread under it. Finally I managed to get the thread to go around the bobbin case and it slipped under the spring.

What a difference. Now the stitches are back to 5 per inch and nice and tight. the tensioner now adjusts too.

I'll try the windlace welt foot tomorrow too. I think the thread pitch will be much better.

I hope this is the correct way the install the bobbin. It sure works nice now. The instruction book doesn't address this very well.
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Always check the simple things first. When you have a problem, it's almost always something very simple. The thread comes off the left side of the bobbin and goes under the flat tension spring on the bobbin case. If you did that, your bobbin is installed correctly.
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