Tension is a tricky thing. It depends on a lot of things.
Do _not_ adjust the bobbin tension unless you know exactly what you are doing and why you are doing it. For more information on bobbin tension read my post in my signature. In the vast majority of cases, the problem can be addressed with top tension adjustments.
Here's another respected guide to learning and knowing what you are doing. There's more here than appears in the top-rated youtube video.
Definitely a learning curve with the machines. What kind of deal did you get on the material? I just located a hancock near me
The fabric was 9.99 but the store was having 50% off on their ripstop plus if you sign up for their mobile text coupons you get 10% off instantly. I bought the remaining 7 yards. I only spent $50 with the fabric, thread, and my wife bought a purse. So I thought it was a steal. Haha
"Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth." - Jules Verne
Yeah I think this **** machine is Crap. I mean its working and all but it binds up all the time and the only stitch I can do is a straight stitch. But I guess that's the only one I need. Attachment 45247
A friends new machine would not sew worth anything. It turned out that the timing was out and runs good after it was adjusted.