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I have a viking designer I and I am trying to embroidery lettering. No matter what I try, it puckers. It looks like the bobbin tension is too tight because I use red thread on top and white on the bot

I have a viking designer I and I am trying to embroidery lettering. No matter what I try, it puckers. It looks like the bobbin tension is too tight because I use red thread on top and white on the bottom and it is obvious that the red is being pulled through to the bottom. Help?

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It sounds like a stabilizer prob. Try some better stabilibers maybe heavier. It may just need the be adjusted by a sewing technician at your local dealer. You can often take these in and have them hooped up and tested right there on the counter. I can do this at my store here in Portland, OR. They usually like them to run well or they get a bad rap. Just try better bobbin thread like anything but YLI. Try a different needle possibly. Or call Gary at 503-254-7317 and ask him what needle to use and what stabilizer and say Lin asked him to assist you. Tell him you are my friend.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

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What to do if sewing machine is puckering?


Depends on why the seam is puckering. Read this: http://www.amefird.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Minimizing-Seam-Puckering-2-5-10.pdf
Offhand, it sounds like you need to reset the top tension properly.
http://quilting.about.com/od/piecingtechniques/a/How-to-Adjust-Sewing-Machine-Tension.htm
The top two photos here are the upper and underside of a single ply of muslin sewn with a balanced tension. The blue thread is on top, red in the bobbin: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/22521551 -- that will give you something to shoot for.

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When I use my embroidery machine the tension isn't


do you have a manual?
try changing the needle
rethread the machine--make sure the presser foot is at it's highest
position before you rethread
take the bobbin out & put in back into the bobbin case making sure it
goes in the correct way
if the tension is too tight loosen if off a number or letter,,
if the tension is too loose tighten it one number or letter at a time
till the stitch becomes better

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Viking Designer SE-Limited Edition 43 hours of sewing. bobbin thread comes up around edges of desing


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Mar 12, 2012 | Husqvarna Sewing Machines

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The bobbin thread on my Viking Designer 1 is too tight


In most cases, this is caused by loose threads and fluff being in the upper tension unit rather than a problem with the bobbin. There is a screw on the bobbin case that losens and tightens the resistence. However, it can easily come out and then you have a mess.

Try this to check the bobbin thread tension -
Take the bobbin case holder out of the machine. Use a bobbin that is about half full and use standard 50 wt sewing thread.
Take your needle plate (the metal plate over the feed dogs that has markings showing stitch width under the presser foot).
Thread the bobbin thread in the bobbin case, holding the case so that the thread is through the tension spring as though it is in the machine, tied the end of the tread to the needle plate and have it hang below the the bobbin case.
If the needle plate immediately drops to the floor, unwinding the bobbin, the bobbin tension is too loose. If you jiggle the bobbin case slightly up and down and the needle plate moves slightly down, it is just right. If it does not move at all it is too tight. The resistence should be 14g which is the weight of the needle plate.

The upper tension unit, look straight down from the tension unit and you should see some metal disks which the upper thread rides through when threaded. Take your small cleaning brush and brush out any loose threads/fluff there. Look down the left side of the tension unit to make sure there is none hiding.

When you tighten the upper tension unit by pushing the tension buttons on the screen, do you hear the tension disks tightening? If not, it may be the pc board or the tension unit itself that will have to be replaced.

Otherwise, you might want to take it to an authorized husqvarna viking dealer for service. You can locate a dealer near you by visiting the husqvarna viking website and clicking on the Dealer link on the left-hand side of the page - http://www.husqvarnaviking.com

Good luck

Nov 04, 2009 | Husqvarna Designer I

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When I sew with the regular portion of my Designer One, all is fine. I've been using the embroidery attachment and when I embroidery a simple design, the top looks great, but the bobbin thread is sooo taut...


The bobbin tension sounds ok if regular sewing is ok. The upper tension unit may be the culprit in that there are loose threads or fluff causing the discs not to tighten enough for embroidery. The best solution is to have it serviced by an authorized husqvarna viking dealer. You can locate a dealer near you by visiting the husqvarna viking website and clicking on the Dealer link on the left-hand side of the page - http://www.husqvarnaviking.com
Good luck.

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Singer 221-1 stitching is good on bottom but not on top


pucker is caused by too loose or, to tight adjustment of: the thread tensioners both the bobbin tensioner and, the needle tensioner need to be adjusted: to adjust the needle tensioner turn the side knob clockwise is tighter counterclockwise loosens; the bobbin tensioner is a tiny screw on the bobbin holder adjust both tensioners until your stich loops' both top and, bottom are tight but, the machine does not break the thread

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Once I set up my design card and select design, the needle moves


Hi, and welcome to FixYa. If I understand your problem, the needle goes in and out of your fabric, and the embroidery hoop moves, but the machine does not actually start embroidering your design right away....did I get it right? If have time to answer a few questions, I can give more accurate instructions.

  1. How long have you had your machine?
  2. How long have you been doing machine embroidery?
  3. Do you have a manual for your machine?
  4. Look at the back side of your design - do you see lots of bobbin thread, or hardly any?
  5. Have you taken lessons for your machine or for embroidery?
  6. When your design is finished, can you where the machine skipped stitches?
Here a couple of things you can try (if you have already):

  • Make sure you use an embroidery needle, not a universal. In most cases, you should use a size 90. Change your needle after each project. A blunt need can cause your machine to skip embroidery stitches anywhere in the design.
  • Rewind or replace your bobbin. Make sure you use bobbin thread in your bobbin when you embroider - it is thinner and gives you better tension. If pre-wound embroidery bobbins are compatible with your machine, I recommend that you try one and compare the result with designs sewn using the bobbin thread you've been using.
  • Normally, you should loosen your tension a little bit when you embroider. When you look at the back side of your embroidery, you should see more bobbin thread than embroidery thread.
I owned an embroidery business for several years, and I have six different embroidery machines of my own - so with a little more info from you, I think I can help.


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