Question about Sewing Machines
How to fix the tension so the needle stays tread
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: sewing machines
Firstly-check the needle is in correctly.If the needle is slightly bent it will not pick up the bottom thread. When top and bottom are threaded, pull the threads towards you. Hold the top thread between finger and thumb and hold but do not pull tight. Turn the flywheel towards you while holding the thread at a 45 degree andgle in front of you, upwards. You should feel it loop and give it a very gentle lift and pull as you feel it. There are some good videos of this on youtube Ive found which may help you-just search for "threading a sewing machine".If no manual supplied-contact either the seller or the manufacturer to get one.
Posted on Jun 13, 2009
#14 needle is way big for cotton napkin scrap. a #10 is good for most lightweight fabric. #14 is for sewing denim or levis, like that.
the tension problems on almost all machines regardless of price usually fall on the upper tension. the lower bobbin tension is factory set and it's rare you should ever need to mess with it.
if you have a drop in bobbin (top loading), tighten the adjustment screw all the way and then back it off 1/4 turn. if your machine uses a shuttle bobbin, tighten the adjustment screw all the way and then back it off in 1/4-turn increments until you can hold it in the air like a yo-yo and cause to bobbin case to fall slightly dipping your hand.
A dull needle and stitch length will also mess up your stitch. The idea is to narrow the problem down to one thing and one thing only -- UPPER THREAD TENSION.
So, if you have the right size needle for the job, with the right thread, and if your stitch length selection is correct (usually between 2 and 3 or 8-to-10 stitches per inch, the problem should be with your upper thread tension.
An easy way to fix this then is to remember: Loops on top, upper tension drop. Loops below, upper tension grow. If you get loops on top of your work, lower (drop) your upper thread tension to a lower number. If you get loops on the bottom, raise the upper thread tension.
Different stitches on the same machine will require different upper thread tension settings. Don't be afraid of it. Just remember the pneumonic: loops on top, tension drop, loops below, tension grow -- referring to upper thread tension.
have fun :)
Posted on Apr 02, 2010
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