Setting the Thread Tension

The Baby Lock Destiny 2 will automatically sense the fabric thickness you are working with. But sometimes, you may need to manually adjust the thread tension.

Before adjusting the tension, make sure that your machine is threaded properly and that the bobbin is would correctly, as errors in either of those locations can also cause tension problems.

First, note that if the machine is properly threaded, bobbin is wound correctly, and tension is set perfectly, then on the side where the upper thread shows, you should not see any bobbin thread. And on the side where the bobbin thread is, you should not see any upper thread. The two threads should meet at the surface of the fabric with no cross over.

Everything correct.

Everything correct.

Now, if the upper thread is too tight, then the bobbin thread is visible from the right side of the fabric. First, make sure the bobbin is wound correctly. If the bobbin is good, then, press the minus (-) key on your Baby Lock, and stitch a few stitches to see if the problem has corrected. This may need multiple sample stitches to make sure you’ve found the correct tension for your project.

If the upper thread is too loose, then the upper thread will be visible on the bobbin side of the fabric. First, make sure your machine is threaded correctly. If it is, then press the plus (+) key on your Baby Lock, and stitch a few stitches to see if the problem has corrected. Again, multiple samples may be needed to check the progress of the correction.

When you’re done with your project, make sure to hit the reset key to return the tension to neutral 4.