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    BSR tension issue

    Am brand new to the BSR. As I quilt the tension is "off" with the bobbin thread showing on top. Still a bit nervous about making changes (880). I went to tension and increased and decreased, but no change. Then set it right back to factory settings. I would know what to do if I was sewing rather than using the BSR for the first time. Would appreciate any info on this issue. Thank you.

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    Don't own a BSR but for any tension issues I re-thread top and bottom and change needles. . . .just a thought.
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    Pekish posted this link in another spot. Hope it helps.

    https://www.threadsmagazine.com/2008...thread-tension
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    On my 440 there is a tiny hole in the bobbin finger. If yours has that, you might try threading the thread through the hole to see if that helps your tension.

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    BSR ??? do not comprehend

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    Did you try increasing the bobbin tension?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pewa88 View Post
    BSR ??? do not comprehend
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    Is the tension okay without using the BSR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heartsong777 View Post
    Am brand new to the BSR. As I quilt the tension is "off" with the bobbin thread showing on top. Still a bit nervous about making changes (880). I went to tension and increased and decreased, but no change. Then set it right back to factory settings. I would know what to do if I was sewing rather than using the BSR for the first time. Would appreciate any info on this issue. Thank you.
    I have the 820, so virtually the same machine .... yours just has more stuff on it!

    When you said that you increased and decreased, but no change ....
    ..... Did you change it slightly? or to an extreme?

    Don't be afraid to adjust it a huge amount, either direction, to get it right.
    Sometimes I find it's a big adjustment to get the tension right.

    I often use different threads (colour and/or type of thread) in the top/bottom,
    so getting the tension right is really important as any pokeys would really show.
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    I should have thought of that! I'm on it. Thank you

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    Small increments. I'm still a bit nervous about "touching" things. I'll try larger increments. Thank you

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    No different colors. Same threat type

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    Tension is perfect while sewing without the BSR. I'm wondering if it could be the way I am guiding the quilt piece through. Today I'll be practicing practicing practicing

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    I'll have to go take a look.

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    What a great article. I'm going through the checklist it suggested this afternoon. Thank you for your help!

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    New word for me to. Then I got this wonderful Bernina (I have been sewing on a Pfaff - great machine as well). Anyway when I saw the BSR Bernina Stitch Regulator demonstrated at a quilt show I was hooked; and my Pfaff was getting really old (still ran great), but in a moment of "weakness" I splurged on the Bernina with the BSN. I am learning the machine now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heartsong777 View Post
    Small increments. I'm still a bit nervous about "touching" things. I'll try larger increments. Thank you
    Don't fret about adjusting the top tension, as it is easy enough to put it back to where you started with that machine. While some will tell you to adjust the bobbin tension, that is the one that is not-so-easy to go back from where you came ....... I've never needed to do that, and have done miles of FMQing with my 820 and the BSR.

    So go for a big adjustment ... and if it is way beyond and showing on the bottom side ... then back up the other direction.
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    Sounds like the bobbin tension needs to be tightened. It's like a little dial in the hook area, when the machine "presents" the bobbin. I've also found that using polyester thread (Superior's Omni or SoFine, or Metler's Polysheen), instead of 100% cotton thread, makes a huge difference. I also like to use a size 90 or 100 topstitch needle.
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    Call your dealer and talk to one of the associates. They usually can help.
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    If the tension is correct when you are sewing without BSR then I am wondering if you have the BSR set up correctly. Feedbags down, cord to the attachment plugged in, BSR balance button pushed? I have to do mine in the order the book says to make it work correctly.

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