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Tension changes by itself

mamaGiraffe | Posted in Teach Yourself To Sew on

I have kind of a cheapy machine.  It’s a Brother CS-6000.  It sews….it usually gets the job done.

I’ve been having a lot of trouble with the tension. 
I’ll be sewing along a straight line and suddenly it’s too tight on top…and then after several inches it gets too tight on the bottom….and I haven’t changed a thing! 
And when I do try to adjust the tension, I can go all the way up or all the way down and get the exact same results. 
And sometimes the thread seems to get stuck in the upper tension disks, so I pull it forward to get it un-stuck, and then let it back into the track without rethreading…but there’s still a tension problem, just different.
I’ve tried different size needles, and new needles.  Tried different brands of thread.  Tried cleaning all the lint out of the bobbin area.

I hate to stop, pull out my project, and rethread everything every 18 inches or so.  I’m trying to machine quilt and it’s a real pain to pull the whole quilt out, and then have to get it all back in again and find where I stopped. 

Maybe I just need to take it somewhere to get it serviced…..which is nowhere in this town.  So drive an hour each way, plus the cost of servicing…is it worth it for a cheap machine?


  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    Tension Changes By Itself

    I also have to drive a great distance to have my sewing machines serviced.  My dealer suggested that I call ahead and make an appointment so I can wait while the service is being done.

    Ask for an estimate and if it is too much, ask what they will give you as a trade-in for a better model.

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