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Thread: Electro Grand My first fixer upper:/ need a coach.

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    Can anyone tell me if I am missing tension disks or if this machine doesn't use them?

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    What does the inside of the thingy next to the spring look like? Is there something to squeeze the thread in there? I've not seen one without disks.
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    I believe you mean the cover part that the tension spring pokes out of...? It is smooth metal on the inside. LOL I guess I need to learn the terms. Or is thingy official. haha

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    Thingy is official. Is there anything in the thingy that would hold the thread? It is an odd tension.
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    Not a thing. It just wraps into the grove and comes out the other side. It is very awkward I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sambra View Post
    Not a thing. It just wraps into the grove and comes out the other side. It is very awkward I think.
    usually there is something to tighten/loosen/hold the thread - it's why it is called tension. I don't know if disks are missing or if it was an experimental tension. Understanding how a tension works might help you. There may be some video on line for that. Muv might even have one... if she doesn't she probably will read this and make a video showing how a tension works. You could just buy a new tension/find-an-old-one and put it on.
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    I would not be apposed to replacing it after all I really want to use it not just have it hold a vase of flowers. So any tensioner would work?

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    The tension has to fit the hole and be the right length. If you have some old junk machines around I guess you could test and see what fits. You might try ordering from Sew-classic - talk to her - she will help you find the right tension. Jenny is really nice. Stuff comes quick - get the Tri-Flo there, too. She has good bobbins. Get new tires for the bobbin winder and new spool pin felts - new motor belt - wires if you need them - dress up the machine!

    I wish I could see that inside - then I would dig around in the junk and see if disks off another machine fit in there or what. Maybe it works like that - maybe someone else will chime in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sambra View Post
    Attachment 411428Attachment 411429Ok here is the tension configuration. The little part marked with an arrow I found in the accessories box, thought it might be part of the tensioner.
    Yes the little part with the arrow is a part of a tension. It goes in by the knob with the numbers if it goes to that machine. What holds the thread?
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    Ok I sent her a request for info and advise. Thanks for the help. I also need a light bulb so I should be able to get it there too.

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