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Upper Thread Tension Units
Take-Up Springs
Bottom or Bobbin Winder Tension Units
Tension Unit Parts
Face Plates with Tension Units and Big Internal Ones

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Tension is one of the biggest bugbears of sewists. Too many of you were warned never to adjust the tension, but this is like buying a Mercedes and driving everywhere in second gear. My automatic instinct, to adjust and check every time I change the thread, the bobbin, or the fabric, makes my life much easier, and I almost never unpick..

Learn to love your tension units, and your sewing will improve no end...
I tend to set all my machines with light tensions on top and bottom threads - this makes working easier, reduces puckering, and means that the threads are under less strain.
The numbers on the dials are usually adjustable, by the way, and serve only to indicate direction - big number = tighter tension, of course...
My address is:-
Helen Howes
Helen Howes Sewing Machines
4, The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk, NR14 6NU. United Kingdom
01508 548137
Mobile (business hours!) 07914 676 182
From outside the UK dial:- 0044 1508 548137
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