FAQs & Troubleshooting



FAQs & Troubleshooting

FAQs & Troubleshooting

Date: 10/28/2021 ID: faqh00100210_001

How do I adjust the tension of the bobbin thread ?

This procedure describes how to adjust the thread tension  if the correct thread tension was not used.

  • Be sure to check the tension of the bobbin thread each time that the bobbin is changed.
    Depending on the bobbin thread type and whether a prewound bobbin is used, the tension of the bobbin thread may differ. For example, when replacing an empty prewound bobbin with one of the same type, be sure to check the tension of the bobbin thread and adjust the tension if necessary.
  • Be sure to adjust the tension of the bobbin thread before adjusting the tension of the upper thread.


  1. Tie the included weight to the end of the thread extending from the bobbin case.



    Different weights are used to adjust pre-wound bobbins and metal bobbins.
    Pre-wound bobbins: Only weight (L)
    Metal bobbins: Weight (L) and weight (S)
    * Weight (S) is included with the optional bobbin winder.


  2. As shown in the illustration, hold the bobbin case against a smooth vertical surface.


    If the thread with the weight attached is slowly pulled out, the thread tension is correct.


  3. Use the included standard screwdriver to turn the tension-adjusting screw and adjust the thread tension.


    (1) Tension-adjusting screw
    (2) Tighter
    (3) Looser


  4. After making the adjustments, try embroidering to check the thread tension.

    In the built-in embroidery patterns, one pattern is used for checking the thread tension. By sewing this pattern, the thread tension can easily be checked. For details, refer to How do I check the thread tension ?.

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PR1050X, PR1055X

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