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There are some products available at most quilt stores and online--one is called Retayne.

need help Color transfer has me totally bummed

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You can soak the fabric in vinegar and salt water... Gently swirl the fabric around in the solution, change the water with fresh water, and if the colour still comes out, drain and repeat as necessary until the colour stops coming out.

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Singer 4423, brand new, bobbin thread coming to the top and top thread to bottom?

Possibly a threading issue.
Remove the top thread completely from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread the top from the beginning.
Verify that you have followed the thread path exactly.
Check the bobbin to see that it is turning the correct direction in the bobbin case.
Set the top tension to the midway point on the dial.
If bobbin thread appears on the top of the fabric, loosen the top tension. If top thread appears under the fabric, tighten the top tension. FWIW, using two colors will highlight tension issues that would not be apparent when using the same color thread. It is generally recommended, when stitching, to use the same color when sewing to avoid making the stitches more obvious.

If you are using thick or thin thread, there will be a difference in the tension results of stitching. Also, fabric will affect the tension results.

Apr 30, 2018 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Suggest a good website for buying shirting fabrics for men?

According to me, one of the best websites where you can get good quality shirting fabrics for men is boucle fabrics. In this website, you will get a variety of fabrics for making shirts. There are various colors available from which you can select your shirting material.

Nov 28, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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What is the factory serting for the thread tension on a Janome Memory Craft 3000?

Factory setting is usually the midway point between high & low number. Sometimes it is specifically marked on the dial with a red line or a different color. Of course, this is only the general setting. Every machine is different (especially after use) so this setting needs to be tweaked. Even different kinds of fabric will require a tension tweak. The tension is correct when both threads meet in the middle of the fabric.


Dec 27, 2016 | Janome Sewing Machines

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Do you need to wash fabric before laying it on the pattern?

Depends on the fabric...cotton shrinks quite a bit and some fabrics should not be washed, like some wools. And make sure you lay the pattern on top of the have to be able to see the pattern to cut it.

Nov 26, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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I need to adjust my baby lock and just can not understand how it works,the tension Dial with the Blue,Green,Orange,Yellow and purple, What is the right tension for light weight Fabric for the side sea

Try setting up your machine with the 4 different thread colors as the guide--use yellow thread in the yellow guide, blue in the blue, etc. This is a good way to figure out what is not working with your tension dials. To start out with a 4-thread stitch, set the tension dials at the midway point on each and then test your stitch. You should be able to see which thread colors are off. If one color is wrapping over the edge of the fabric, then that tension is too loose and the opposite thread may be too tight. The tensions are correct when the threads meet in the middle of the fabric. It's a matter of sitting down and playing with it to see what happens when you make changes to the settings. Also, one particular setting that works on a particular fabric may not work on another, so learning how to test and adjust is a big part of using a serger.

As for stitch length, that is mostly a personal decision. The shorter the stitch length, the closer the stitches will be.

The anatomy of perfect serger tension Sew McCool

Serger Tension Made Easy Do It Better Yourself Club

There are many web sites and videos that could be helpful.

Feb 10, 2018 | Sewing Machines

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Can you restore colour into fabrics if it has faded

Yes, but that would require some serious dying by hand. This isn't something that would normally be answered in a Sewing machine repair area. But google dharma trading company. depending on the fabric buy fiber reactive (natural plant fibers such as cotton, linen or rayon) or acid dyes (natural fibers such as wool, silk and some man made polyesters) About $5+ a color

If it has lots of colors and you are trying to be frugal you might try permanent markers. Bic has a good artists set under the name of Bic Mark-it.

When you work with either dyes or with markers, be sure to place something between the layers of fabric so you won't get bleed through.

Good luck.

Nov 05, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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Stitches missing on the bottom of fabric, forming big loops, while top of fabric stitches are normal

It sounds as if you have a tension problem. Let me give you instructions for adjusting the tension on anysewing machine. Be sure to have a scrap piece of the fabric you are using andthread the top of the machine with a different color of thread than thebobbin-it'll make it easier to see what's going on. Thread your machine with the presser foot UP. The disks that control the tension (threadgoes through them) are tightened up if the foot is down. Change the machine tension with the presser foot DOWN.Because the disks won't be engaged (see above) if the foot is up, the diskswon't move. Start at the middle setting, 3. Go up to tighten, decrease toloosen. Each machine is different, even 2 different machines of the same model.The best thing to do is start at 3 and use a different color in the top andbobbin thread so you can easily see what changes to the tension do to yourstitches. Now use a straight stitch a sew 3 or so inches. Take a lookat the top and bottom of the fabric. You don't want to see any (or at least notmuch) of the other color showing from the other side. Loops on the bottom of the fabric means you need to tighten(increase) your top tension. If you're stitches on the bottom are causingpuckering, then you need to loosen you're top tension. For the most part, youreally don't want to touch your bobbin tension-leave that to a repairtechnician. The factory setting shouldn't be touched except by someone whoreally knows what they're doing. Keep sewing a few inches at a time until you have the resultsyou want. Now you're tension is where you need it!

Jun 10, 2011 | Brother XL3750 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Pulls bottom colored thread to do I ajust New Home 8000 trying to zig zag and bottom thread pulls color to top....

The bottom thread is the bobbin thread and it is suppose the pull the top thread slightly to the bottom/center of the layers of fabric.

Try a lower tension setting and a tear-away stabilizer or sheet of printer paper under the fabric to see if this will help hold the top thread down into the fabric.

Mar 27, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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Singer 301a...sews on top of fabric nicely...bottom is just loose loops of's like the bobbin is not sewing...I put 2 different colors in to is perfect...on bottom of fabric I see the...

This is a tension adjustment problem. It's good to use two different colors of thread, like you did. From your description, the top thread (needle thread) tension needs to be tighter. As you tighten the tension of the top thread, you'll see that the top thread pulls the bobbin thread up into the fabric so it's no longer laying loose on the bottom of the fabric.

You'll need to have the pressure foot down when you tighten the tension. Tighten it a little, sew a practice seam, check to see what the stitch looks like. Tighten it a little more, sew, check, etc etc--until both top and bottom look the same--you shouldn't see much (if any) of the bobbin thread color on top of the fabric or the top thread color on the underside.

Let me know how this works for you, ok?


Jan 25, 2010 | Singer Sewing Machines

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