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What is thread setting for sawing fabric with foam ?

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I don't think you'll get it to feed on a domestic sewing machine, the foam is going to be too thick and difficult to feed through. I've used an industrial Singer 20U to sew vinyl to 1/4" foam which has a dacron layer glued to it, ie like carpet underlay thickness. This was to make replacement seat covers for ride on mowers; the Singer was strong enough to sew through both layers in a straight stitch, I could manage to overedge it on my domestic Elna but need a roller foot to stop the vinyl from sticking to the foot, and a leather needle. Even then, it wasn't easy.

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Why is sewing machine thread gathering under fabric?

adjust the tension to a appropriate setting,
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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.
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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.)

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Oct 05, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Iam sewing seats. but the threed stared braking at the needle & it want saw.

Most likely, it has to do with incompatibility of the needle, thread, and fabric. The force of the needle penetrating the fabric multiple times is actually causing the thread to (wear &) fray and eventually break. There are needles with larger grooves that tend to protect the thread during stitching. Some may recommend a Top Stitch Needle (Home Machine Needles Superior Threads Why Topstitch? The Topstitch needle is the most common needle type used and recommended by professionals and educators. We recommend the Topstitch for piecing, quilting, embroidery, appliqu?, and construction. These needles are available in four sizes to accommodate all thread types, including metallic threads. The Topstitch needle has a larger eye and deeper groove. It is often referred as the MAGIC NEEDLE. It really does make a difference in your sewing experience.)
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Also, if the thread is a tight fit through the needle eye, it will also tear the thread. Make sure that the thread will slip easily through the eye. Go to a larger needle, instead of 90, try a 100.

Be sure to use a brand-new needle.

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You may also consider changing the type of thread you are using. Go with a stronger thread, ie polyester, rather than cotton. Cotton will shred and break easier.

You will probably need to re-adjust the thread tension. If it is too tight, it will also break the thread. If you are using a heavier weight of thread, you will need to adjust both the upper and bobbin tension to accommodate the heavier thread.
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If you sewing fabric that is sticky, ie vinyl, oilcloth, you should try to use a roller presser foot, a teflon presser foot, or a walking foot to help the fabric move with the feed dogs.

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How do you adjust or set the tensions

Make sure you raise the presser foot BEFORE threading the upper thread so it will seat properly in the tension disk.

The factory standard tension setting is the halfway point between the low & high numbers. Be sure you are using needle & thread that are compatible with each other and the fabric you are sewing.
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Test your stitch on the fabric you are sewing. If the upper thread is showing on the bottom of the fabric, the upper tension is too loose. If the bobbin thread is showing on the top of the fabric, the upper tension is too tight.

Ideal tension is when both upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric. The tension will need adjusting anytime you change fabric weight, needle size, and thread weight.


Dec 16, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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What should the tension be set at?

where ever it sews the best of course .do a few test pieces .

Oct 18, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Regular sewing - I cannot get the thread tension correct. The bobbin seems too lose. How do I adjust? I've tried using the adjust key but I still get loose thread and puckered fabric.

Be sure to RAISE the presser foot BEFORE threading the upper thread. Set the upper tension to the mid-point which is generally the factory setting. Test. If thread is looping or bunching under the fabric, the upper tension needs to be tightened. If there is a problem above the fabric, try loosening the upper tension.

NOTE--sometimes the stitching problem is a result of the type of fabric being sewn. Most machines have a presser foot pressure setting that can be tightened or loosened to accommodate the fabric.

The tension is correct when the two threads meet in the middle of your fabric.

Sep 26, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Cant get bobbin tension right

Tension of the bobbin depends on the type of fabric you are sewing on. Thin fabrics usually require mid to higher settings. Heavy weight fabrics require lower or looser tension. To check the tension, set to medium number, take a few stitches, then check the underside of the fabric. If the threads are too loose, be sure needle is raised, and change the tension to a higher setting. Take a few stitches and check again. If the fabric pulls too tight, then loosen the tension. Top threads and bottom threads should be the same when you have the correct tension. Your manual may have suggested settings for fabrics also.

Jul 04, 2014 | Husqvarna Freesia 415

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I keep having trouble...I have tried some of the solutions on this page and still not working. I'm trying to sew on a very stretchy fabric, I have put in a fresh "ball point" needle, I have...

How frustrating for you - I will assume that "very stretchy fabric" would be lycra or a jersey with lycra or spandex in it. This can be tricky fabric to tackle on the sewing machine, especially if it is very light weight, textured or open weave. So use a Smetz "Stretch" needle, not just a regular ball point and a good quality polyester thread such as gutterman or metrosene. this link is great info on sewing threads,
tally_girl_20.jpg Use a stretch stitch that that has forwards and backwards movement to put elasticity into the seam. Use a teflon coated (black) sewing foot if you can get one, otherwise use a clear plastic foot. And if fabric is really hard to control, you can put strips of freezer paper between the two layers to give it some stability and help control the fabric when stitching. Use a spool cap over the thread spool to help the thread flow off smoothly. It is possible that your fabric may just be too difficult for a regular SM and best tackled with a serger with differential feed which is why sergers are so popular, they are great for knits.

However, your top thread breaking over and over like this sounds more like the top tension discs are malfunctioning or your top thread is caught/catching somewhere in the path to the needle.

So, take a deep breath, put in a regular woven needle and get the tensions sorted on cotton fabric scraps first. This way, you take the stretch fabric out of the equasion and establish if the machine is faulting.

Have you cleaned the top tension discs already? If not, do this now - turn to zero, then run the selvage edge of a clean piece of cotton scrap fabric between the discs in a sawing motion. Is there black gunk coming onto the fabric? Keep going until it is clean. Then rethread up and set tension back to 5. (I assume you are using a good quality thread and it isn't a very old spool that has been sitting around for years? Thread does dry out and get brittle with age - I keep mine in sealed containers away from sunlight).

Also carefully check the threading path from the spool to the needle, is the thread catching on a nick in the top of the spool? or some other part of your machine, is it wrapped twice around an eyelet or the thread takeup lever. Is there some sharp piece of plastic or metal that is causing the thread to break. Lower the pressure foot and pull the top thread just before the needle. It should feel firm but you should be able to pull it? If it breaks now, I would take it to the mechanic and get it serviced.

If you can pull the thread okay, then rethread the bobbin, set the tension back to the normal number on the bobbin holder, and test sew on cotton fabric. Can you get a good seam now? If thread is still breaking now, I'd take the machine to the mechanic for a full service.

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Not threading

There are several factors to be consider if the machine was not threading kindly check the upper thread tension should be complied to the fabrics,check also the tension the bobbins thread
theres small adjusting screw on the bobbins,the thread that come out to the bobbins should be on the counter clockwise rotation,set the acquired stitch adjustment,check the needle alignment and then manually turn the handwheel if the needle thread hook up the bobbins thread also it would be helpful if the feed dogs is clean and free from dust and chips fabrics and chips thread.

Feb 19, 2009 | Brother LS-2125 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Simplicity 4 thread EZLock 880 pressor foot settings

Easiest way to get the tensions right, use 4 different coloured threads

Make sure the tension disks are a length of fabric in a see saw fashion through each tension unit.

....set all the dials to 3 or 4 then sew test.......take a look at what needs attention, make a small adjustment and test/adjust until the needle threads are firm and the looper threads meet neatly at the edge of the fabric with just the absolutely tiniest hint of being loose.

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