Question about Sewing Machines
Sewing sheer fabric is challenging, even with the best machine and the correct settings. The problem is that the fabric is so light weight that it lacks body. Besides using paper or tissue as suggested, you can also incorporate a wash-away stabilizer with the fabric at the time of sewing. It will add body to the fabric but will wash away easily when finished.
BTW, since the fabric you are sewing is rayon, it is knitted or woven? If it is a woven fabric, be sure to use a sharp needle. If it is knitted, then use a ball-point needle.
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Posted on Dec 21, 2016
Well aside from trying all the normal things like thread tension adjustments and such , another neet little method is to use a flat piece of thin tissue paper (sew right thru it ) layed over fabric , this will add the stiffness to fabric u may need to complete this task, then very slow and carefull tear the paper away from it to leave the threads behind!! if you think you can get away with it use tissue paper on back side and leave it there , hey holds a hem and pleats real nice !!
Posted on Dec 21, 2016
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The solution that I found last night was the thread tension. I have never touched the dial, only had it set on 'auto." When I started playing with it, I realized the top thread should be really easy to pull through the machine and it wasn't. I started turning the dial (to 3 or 4) and the thread slid through the machine perfectly. No more birds nest! I really thought it was bobbin initially because of the horrible sound it was making.
Posted on Jun 05, 2008
Generally when the needle does not pick up the bobbin thread, it means the needle is either too far in or just plain the wrong length. YOu might want to try lowering the needle just a hair and see if that helps.
Posted on Apr 22, 2009
Hi! Sounds like you're doing everything right to me, so let's see.
By not getting a straight stitch on the bottom, do you mean that the bobbin thread is loopy? If so, then most likely you have to reset the tension. Get a scrap of jeans material and practice on that....it would be great if you could use different color threads on top and in the bobbin, but that might not be practical if you don't have the jeans thread in different colors already.
You'll be adjusting the top tension, because even tho the top stitch looks perfect, it may not be tight enough to pull the bobbin thread up into the fabric where it belongs.
Sew a couple of inches on your scrap, then stop and check the bobbin thread. If it's loopy, you can also see the top thread on the underside. (Which is why using two colors is helpful.) With the pressure foot down, tightened the top tension just a bit. Sew a few more inches and check again. Keep on sewing, checking, and adjusting until you can't see any (or almost any) top threads on the bottom or bobbin threads on top.
Here are a couple of other ideas to check:
1. Make sure your bobbin is inserted correctly. If I happen to put one in backwards by mistake, the bobbin will make a lot of clanking noises.
2. Using your flywheel, lower the needle all the way through the stitch-making process to see if it's hitting anything along the way.
3. Oil your machine.
4. Make sure all the screws etc on your throat plate (also called needle plate) are tight. (I've had mine get loose and that will definitely throw a knock into the works!)
Check out these ideas and let me know if anything works, or if the problem is still there, ok?
Posted on Feb 19, 2010
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