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From: kim bresee
Date: 03-30-2007, 04:16 PM (1 of 5)
Hi, I have a older pfaff 1199 and for some reason the stitches are not forming right.When I do a zig-zag or any other stitch it looks like the botom of the material should be the top,like it should be fliped over ,then it would look right(I hope that made sense)Any help would be great. Thanks Kim:sick:
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From: paroper
Date: 03-30-2007, 06:02 PM (2 of 5)
It is a little hard to tell but I think that your problem in this case is tension. Try adjusting your top tension up and down and see if that helps. I'm not quite sure what it is doing but I think that what you are saying is that the top tension is too loose. If that is true, you would need to tighten the top tension (higher number).

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From: Kylnne2
Date: 03-31-2007, 01:03 AM (3 of 5)
Your stitches should look the same on the top of the fabric and on the under side. If the fabric bottom side has a good stitch and the topside is not right, I believe it is the bobbin tension that needs adjustment. If the bottom side is not a good stitch then I believe it is the top tension that you need to adjust.
You might first want to check if maybe your thread in the bobbin area slipped out of the tensions or got threaded wrong.
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From: Tom Land
Date: 04-01-2007, 11:31 AM (4 of 5)
Kim, first make sure the machine is threaded properly and that you have a good needle.
Then select Zig-Zag with the widest width and stitch length of 2.
Set the tension on 3.5
Do a test run. The stitch should look the same top and bottom. If Not, adjust the bobbincase tension until they do. If the upper thread is being pulled too far to the bottom you will turn the knurled screw counter clockwise. If the lower thread is being pulled too far to the top you will need to turn the knurled screw clockwise. Turn in small increments of 1/16 to 1/8 of a turn at a time until you get a good stitch.
Don't forget to turn your upper tension back to 4.5 when you are ready to straight stitch.
Bear in mind none of this will help if the needle is bad or the machine is not threaded properly.
After getting it set you shouldn't have to mess with the bobbincase tension anymore unless you are using something like a silk thread or very heavy decorative thread. With normal threads you should be able to adjust with the upper tension only.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
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From: kim bresee
Date: 04-02-2007, 06:00 PM (5 of 5)
Thanks I got it fixed it was the bobbin case and now sews great.:smile:
User: kim bresee
Member since: 10-29-2002
Total posts: 19
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