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Thread: Singer 201 tension

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    Singer 201 tension

    My tension on my 201 gets out of whack while I am sewing. Could it be that the tension needs to be changed?
    The number knob is really loose. Any help from any Singer repairperson would be appreciated. Otherwise, when the tension is right, it has a beautiful stitch. Thanks for the help.

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    granny64,

    I had problems with the top tension changing on our 401A while we were sewing with it. The tension assembly is very similar to the 201s so what I did for ours should work with yours too. The adjusting nob on ours was too loose and would just vibrate looser as we sewed.

    First go here: { http://www.tfsr.org/publications/tec...machine_manual } and study how the tensions work. There is detailed instructions on how to R&R, repair and adjust them.

    That said all I had to do with ours was spread the fingers of the split shaft apart to tighten up the fit of the numbered dial. That way it doesn't move unless we adjust it.
    To do that you have to take it apart, that's why the TFSR site.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    That said all I had to do with ours was spread the fingers of the split shaft apart to tighten up the fit of the numbered dial. That way it doesn't move unless we adjust it.
    To do that you have to take it apart, that's why the TFSR site.
    Joe
    It's really easy to do. I was always afraid of doing anything with the tensioner because that's what we were taught in school...."Don't touch the tension knob!!". Now that I've learned more about them I find that they aren't that delicate or confusing. I think the Home Ec teachers told us to leave the tensioner alone so that she wouldn't have to re-adjust them everyday...lol!
    ~~Cathy~~

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    If you can tighten it down until the thread breaks when sewing, there is room for adjustment. It's rare that the spring goes bad but not a big deal to replace...maybe 6.00 dollars at the most.

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    Thanks, Joe. I will try your suggestion.

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    Thanks, DanofNJ.

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    Thanks, cabbagepatchkid.

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