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    1948 Singer tension

    I have really messed up my tension on my moms' old singer. It's a 1948 Singer with knee pedal. Can't seem to get it back to a workable place. I think it's a 66.... or 99. I don't remember. It is a full size machine in a cabinet. Has thread tension on front and feed dog tension on top??? (I think it's feed dogs!) Could you please pm me as I'm having a hard time following a thread .... can't find them after I've started one.BLESS YOU FOR HELPING!
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    What is happening? Is the thread coming to the top of your fabric or pulling down to the bottom?
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    I'm chatting in PM with Heather, her fabric is gathering as she stitches, with a large stitch on top and a smaller stitch on the bottom...
    Suggestions?
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    Is the bobbin hanging up somewhere gathering the fabric? Maybe try cleaning the bobbin area and a new bobbin?
    Is she using the right bobbin (66 not 15)

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    I'm guessing that it's a top tension issue...dust or a piece of thread caught in it keeping her from tightening it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    I'm guessing that it's a top tension issue...dust or a piece of thread caught in it keeping her from tightening it...
    Could she run a piece of dental floss through the top tension to get rid of any debris that might be causing the problem?
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    Is her tension spring sprung?

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    She had to go to work, she tried cleaning between the disks with no results...
    I don't know if the spring is working correctly or not...and I'm at work so can't check my own 66, do the bobbins have a slight curve to them or are they flat?
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    66 bobbins have the slight curve. A couple of things I can think of: look at the check spring to see if it is doing what it should or make sure she has the foot pressure correct for the fabric she is sewing so the fabric will feed correctly. I had all kinds of crazy stuff happen when I didn't have enough pressure on the foot..

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    66 bobbins are dished a little and are slightly shorter than 15 bobbins if I'm remembering right - I'm not home either
    What makes me think it's a too much tension issue is that it's pulling a pucker. If it was too loose it would leave a loop. And since it's the bottom that is smaller - it seems like it the bobbin pulling. But my logic maybe flawed, it has happened before!

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    This is how the thread looks on the top side of the material: the thread runs long with a tiny stitch ... then a longer stitch again. I've found how to follow this post. I am using much thinner fabric than my last project. How do I tighten my presser foot tension? Is that the thumb screw on top of the machine...... is right tighter and left looser?
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    what is the tension spring? (terminology I don't know)
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    The tension spring is a little wire the thread hooks in as it passes through the tension then on to the take up lever. It travels just a bit as the thread is pulled through by the needle. I had a Spartan that had a messed up tension spring. I had to unscrew the tension at the side of the machine and do some adjusting to get it to hold in place. I found that info on the sewing machine repair website listed in the link I posted earlier for tension problems.
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    Heather, check this website, it shows the tension assembly of the 66. The tension spring is "F"

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...g-machine.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Heather, check this website, it shows the tension assembly of the 66. The tension spring is "F"

    http://www.ismacs.net/singer_sewing_...g-machine.html
    it is also "n"
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    Working again today... had a sleepover with my grand daughter last night. I have checked the tension site and will check my spring when I get home. My bobbin has a slight curve to it... I also have one that has a lot of curve.... will also try to blow out the bobbin case. Thanks everyone!
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    my class 15 bobbins are totally flat-- no dish what-so-ever.... and a good cleaning never hurts. The presser foot tension is straight above the foot, and as far as I remember it is righty tight lefty loosey.... (and if that doesn't work there's only one more option )

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    http://www.tfsr.org/pub/technical_in...echanism_2.pdf
    maybe this would be of help - I've had more than one tension I had to totally take out and then re-install - it worked after that - this site was very helpful to me - the way I figure it - if you can read a pattern to sew something you can read the directions to fix a machine
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    If it is a full sized machine it is most likely a 66. The 99's are 3/4 machines and do not fit into a regular sized cabinet.

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    The info on the tensions won't matter what size machine it is. The 66 and 99 have a lot of same parts anyway.
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