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Bobbin thread shows through fabric ALOT

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When this happens you need to adjust the tension down. If it's set at a default of 4 move it down to 3.5 or even down to 3 sew a bit check. Certain threads do this more (Sulky) on the brother than others (Maderia), but the black lettering in the embroidery feature always seems to need adjusted. The tension adjustment is the same for sewing or embroidery mode.

Posted on Nov 23, 2008

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Having problems with the tention of both threading


Tension is a common problem for new and even intermediate sewists. Testing is about the best way to figure out what works for your machine.

Be sure you are using a brand new needle and that it is installed correctly (flat side facing the proper direction).

ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the upper thread. This releases the tension disk so the thread will seat completely. Check the thread path and verify that it is correct. Missing one thread guide will create havoc!

Check that the bobbin thread is wound smoothly and that there are no thread ends sticking out of the bobbin anywhere. The bobbin must turn in a specific direction when in the bobbin case and the bobbin tension needs to be threaded correctly. (For this, you need to consult your owner's manual.)

Set the upper tension to the mid-way point. This is the default setting although it will most likely require some tweaking because all machines are just a bit different. Tweaking is a very common necessity as different threads and fabrics will affect the tension.

Set the straight stitch length to somewhere around 10 stitches per inch.

Use two pieces of medium weight fabric, like 100% cotton. Bring the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric before beginning to stitch.

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http://ohyoucraftygal.blogspot.com/2013/10/sewing-lesson-10-how-to-fix-tension-on.html

Understanding Thread Tension Threads

Test your stitch. The ideal tension is when both the top thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric.

If the top thread is looping or showing under the fabric and the bobbin thread appears to be running in a straight line, the top tension is too loose.

If the bobbin thread is showing on the top of the fabric or the upper thread is running in a straight line, the upper tension is too tight.

Keep adjusting until it looks like the pictures in the web links above. Remember, when you change thread or fabric weights/types, etc., you will probably need to re-test the tension and adjust.

One more suggestion: use good quality thread. AVOID old or bargain bin threads. They may save you money but will cost a lot in frustration.

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Nov 07, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Upside down stitching


Am having a difficult time picturing this. Sounds like the upper thread is creating loops under the fabric and the bobbin thread is showing on the top of the fabric.

Make sure to use a brand new needle.

Remove the thread from the machine
ALWAYS raise the presser foot and rethread the upper thread.
Make sure the thread path is correct.

Check that the bobbin is turning the correct direction in the bobbin case and the bobbin thread is threaded through the bobbin tension correctly.

Set the upper tension to the midway point (factory standard), however, this setting may need to be tweaked for your particular machine.

Bring the bobbin to the top of the project Before beginning to stitch.
How and Why to Bring up the Bobbin Thread

Retest--begin sewing slowly.

If the upper thread is still showing on the other side of the fabric, the tension is too loose. If it is pulling the bobbin thread up to the top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight

OR the bobbin thread tension is too loose. (CAUTION: make only small adjustments to bobbin tension--1/8 of a turn at a time!!! It also helps to mark the screw groove location with magic marker on the bobbin case BEFORE making any changes so you can back it out and return to the original setting.)

Bobbin Tension How and Why Tension is Adjusted

Understanding Bobbin Tension

Understanding Thread Tension Threads

Sewing Lesson 10 How to Fix Tension on Your Sewing Machine

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Oct 05, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Top thread covers bobbin thread makes. Stitches very thick


Remove all the thread from the machine.

Install a brand new needle.

ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot during the threading process and rethread the machine from the beginning. (Check that the upper and bobbin threads are threaded correctly in your machine.)

Set the tension dial to the midway point. This is a factory standard setting but each machine may vary.

Test your machine. The ideal tension is when the upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric. If the upper thread is showing on the bobbin side of the fabric, the upper tension is too loose. However, if the bobbin thread is showing on the top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight.

Tension is not static--whenever you change projects, ie fabric, thread, needle, you may need to test the tension on some scrap project fabric first. Get the tension adjusted before stitching the project.

Make sure you clean and lubricate your machine regularly to keep it operating--consult your owner's manual and use only good quality sewing machine oil (NO 3-in-1, cooking oil, WD-40, or old brown stinky sewing machine oil).

If you are still having issues, take it for service.

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May 27, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Why is the bobbin thread bunching up?


if your saying that your bobbin thread is balling up under the platen plate , this is a sure sign that your top thread tension is not correct and there isn't enough tension to pull the bobbin thread up from below

Mar 24, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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What makes the stitches loose? How do I make them tight?


You should have a tension knob (1 to 10) on the machine, the lower the number the tighter the tension.

Jan 09, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Breaking cotton on top and bobbin


Try loosening the tension for that bobbin

Dec 15, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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The stitch which should be on the bottom seems to be on the top


Difficult question to understand and hard to address without knowing the machine & model.

Do you mean the bobbin thread is showing on the top of the fabric? If so, try loosening the upper tension and test. The mid-point between the high and low number is the most common factory setting for upper tension, although that should be adjusted to suit the fabric, thread, and your project. The ideal tension is reached when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric (ie, bobbin thread does not show on the top and needle thread does not show on the bottom.

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Nov 12, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Bobbin thread shows on embroidery pattern


The bobbin thread is being pulled too hard by the top thread. The idea is to get an even pull similar to a tug of war. When it is even the thread will form a knot in the middle of the fabric.
To fix this so the top thread isn't pulling too hard lower the tension of the top thread. This should fix it.

May 08, 2015 | Janome Memory Craft 10000

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Adjust tension


The tension of the top thread and bobbin thread are in a "tug of war". If the top is "winning" or too high then the bottom thread will be showing on the top of the fabric. If the top is "loosing" or too loose then the top thread will be pulled through the fabric and show a lot on the bottom. They must be evened out so the "tug of war" is even so the knot is in the middle of the fabric.
START WITH BOBBIN FIRST: Remove bobbin and bob from finger. When you have it adjusted right then the bobbin will extend one inch when you bob it. If you can't bob your bobbin you will have to make an approximate and replace. You may have to do this a couple times to get it right.
WHEN IT'S RIGHT: The bobbin and top tension are equal without being too much pull on both that causes the fabric to pull together.

Jan 31, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Bobbin shows on top


I took it to be serviced.

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