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How to understand changing the tension on your embroidery and sewing machine, straight to the point

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Does the tension confuse you? Are articles too confusing and have too many words? Now you can understand the tension and it's straight to the point!

Before changing the tension, remember what the default tension was. That way if the tension gets all screwed up you can always go back to default.


Please note that changing the tension should always be your last step.


If you're having the following problems, follow the link and go through the steps before changing the tension.

BEFORE changing the tension, follow the steps in Lizzsews machine embroidery troubleshooting guide.

Understanding tension:

     - If the upper tension is too tight, the bobbin thread will be showing on top. Lower the tension to loosen it. 

     - If the upper tension is too loose, most of the upper thread will be showing on the bottom. Raise the tension to tighten it. 

Higher number = tighter tension
Lower number = looser tension

Recommended read: What is FSL

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