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How do I adjust my tension?

How do I tell if my tension is correct?

For machines with 9 needles or less:
There are three tensioners for the top thread:
The upper, center, and the lower (or rotary) tensioner.
Most adjustments are done with all three tensioners. The general rule is; what you do to the upper, you should do to the center, and lower, as you want a balance between all three.
Note: Keep in mind that the lower tension wheel should always spin during sewing.  If you’re applying a lot of tension, and the lower tension wheel stops spinning, back of on this tensioner until it spins, and apply more tension to the upper tensioners. To tighten your tension (when the stitching on top looks "loopy" or very loose) turn the tension knobs clockwise. To loosen (when the thread is puckering the fabric or the bobbin thread is being pulled to the top side) turn the tensioner counter clockwise. For machines with 15 needles:
There are two tensioners for the top thread:
The upper, and the lower (or rotary) tensioner.
The general rule is; what you do to the upper, you should do to lower tensioner, as you want a balance between the two.
Note: Keep in mind that the lower tension wheel should always spin during sewing.  If you’re applying a lot of tension, and the lower tension wheel stops spinning, back of on this tensioner until it spins, and apply more tension to the upper tensioner. To tighten your tension (when the stitching on top looks "loopy" or very loose) turn the tension knobs clockwise. To loosen (when the thread is puckering the fabric or the bobbin thread is being pulled to the top side) turn the tensioner counter clockwise.   printer-friendly How do I adjust my tension? page

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