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Threading a sewing machine

Most sewing machines will function better if the presser foot is lifted before threading. Raising the presser foot releases the upper thread tensioners.

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Tension on the side does not release the cotton when machine is stopped, making it difficult to pull out the job.


Be sure to always RAISE the Presser Foot when threading the machine or when removing fabric. When threading or removing the fabric, try raising the needle to its highest point. Raising the presser foot releases the tension disks. When the presser foot is down, the tension disk is engaged and will not release the thread.

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May 23, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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My fabric keeps puckering.


The first thing I would check is the threading. Remove the upper thread completely. RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning making sure it follows the correct thread pathway. Sometimes thread will "jump" and come out of a thread guide or the takeup lever. Also, raising the presser foot releases the tension disks and allows the thread to seat properly.

Loosen the thread tension. Install a new needle. Also, some machines have a presser foot pressure adjustment that can be set lighter or heavier depending on the fabric weight. The Owner's Manual should have information. On older machines, it is usually a screw or button above the needlebar that adjusts the needlebar's spring tension. Newer machines would have a dial on the side or above the needlebar area.

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Feb 25, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Machine will not sew its is looping under neath from top cotton


Remove the upper thread from your machine.

RAISE the presser foot and then rethread from the beginning. Raising the presser foot releases the tension disk so the thread will seat properly). Also, verify that the threading steps are correct (consult the threading instructions).

Check that the bobbin thread has been loaded in the bobbin case properly and threaded through the tension spring.

Test. If the upper thread is still showing under the fabric, tighten the upper tension disk until the upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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Feb 03, 2016 | Janome Harmony 2041

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