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The other day I was offering advice to someone on treadleon who is clearly having tensioner issues with their W&G, and I was reminded that there's no clear guide for taking one apart.  Ray Elkins' video is invaluable, but it's a little dark in places, and sometimes large still pictures are handy.

So I put together this web page -- hope others find it helpful!

https://projects.foxharp.net/Willcox_and_Gibbs_tensioner/

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Thanks, Paul! I really was having a hard time getting my tension adjusted, but finally did get it right. Your explanation helped me understand what it was that changed.
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Excellent!
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Nice write up!  I am almost to that stage with a W&G that I am doing a repaint on.  Thanks!
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Paul thank you for the great tutorial. If I ever get finished with all this family estate stuff I can get back to my sewing machines.
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I had been using my WG heavily for the last 4 months on a project. It sewed great for a long time but suddenly the tension got screwed up and it was making huge loops on the bottom of the fabric but the top looked fine. I tried cleaning and oiling to no avail. I finally noticed that there was a large accumulation of lint and gunk in the area that the pencil points to in the image. There was so much gunk that the tension assembly wouldn’t close all the way. I just took a brush and removed the gunk and it sews fine now,

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Good tip.  I'll add a note about checking for lint/gunk to my how-to.  Thanks!
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PGF, I’m so glad you put the instructions down. When I was having the tension problems, I could not find any documentation and I really love the WG. Thanks.
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You're welcome.  That's why I did it!
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I am currently having issues with removing the set screws for the handwheel and the looper... I put it aside Sunday as I was getting frustrated
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A small rearrangement of my website moved the pictorial.  It's now here: 
  https://projects.foxharp.net/sewing_machines_misc/Willcox_and_Gibbs_tensioner/

I'd edit the original post, if I could.

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The page is not available from the link you provided. Do you know where the video went? 


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Finnchik
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... update,  okay I found it thank you!

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