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Thread: Featherweight tension trouble

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    Post Featherweight tension trouble

    [Help! I have oil, greased, checked the bushings checked the belt, rewound 3 bobbins, changed needles, checked the bobbin tension (looks better than the top),replaced the bobbin holder to be sure it was clean, etc etc, and I cannot get the upper tension to look correct! I've also changed thread, retreaded the machine no less than 10 times and what ever else I don't remember. What can I do? I've never had a FW b/4 and did buy the DVD and manual from Featherweight Rx, and I'm not finding the answer. Can anyone offer any other suggestions? PLEASE thank you, Raine54rn

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    Check your way to put the needle in. Which way the flat side faces.

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    Thanks, I did check the needle. It was ok one time I had the thread coming in from the wrong side but that didn't fix the problem when I rethreaded it. Anything else? Raine

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    Just remember, flat side of needle to the left, and thread needle from right to left. Good luck, keep plugging away, you will get there I am sure.
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    Did you have the throat plate off..if so you might not have it back together the correct way..there is a little arm that is on the bobbin case that has to fit in a notch on the underside of the throat plate...

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    Gma...we all forgot to mention that...that is probably the issue. You get a star Notice A2..it fits in the slot on the underside of the needle plate.


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    Thanks for posting a picture of what I was trying to say!! I sure hope this fixes the problem!! I remember the first time I cleaned mine and when I got it all back together it wouldnt sew right!! I didn't know if I wanted to cry because I had waited along time to get one of these babies!! or if I wanted to be really mad cause someone just took my money for a machine that didnt work!! ..Finally after much fretting I got the book out and there was the answer!! I love my Little Black Pearl!!

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    I thought I did that right but I will check again. Another thing I though of while I was falling asleep was I don't remember checking the bobbin yoyo thing. To see if the bobbin tension is right, I'm afraid to cause those Stitches look even. I keep thinking it's the upper. It seems tight.

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    Thank you for your responses so much. If you think of any other tips please let me know. I want to sew so badly with it! I spent 6 hours reading, watching the Dave video, and playing/ cleaning it. At least it's a well oiled, greased clean nonfunctioning machine!Raine

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