Question about Euro-Pro Shark 60 - 384
Many machines today have a horizontal thread delivery for the needle
thread. Be sure and place the thread spool with its tiny notch on one
end (the notch is used to secure the loose thread end when not in use)
facing toward the far right side of the spool holder and not facing
toward the left side where the thread will be guided off the thread
spool into the vertical tension discs and toward the needle. Some times
this tiny notch will catch the thread causing undue thread tension on
the needle thread. Placing the thread spool facing toward the right
seems to help the thread guide off the spool without catching in the
Also hold onto the needle thread and the bobbin thread, giving slight hand tension to both, for the first few stitches you make in your fabric. With the first uptake of the needle, the needle’s thread tail and bobbin tail are drawn down somewhat loosely into the bobbin case and can become tangled and jam if not held onto briefly. Be sure the bobbin thread comes out of the needle plate in the area it is intended to. After winding a new bobbin, it may help to put the bobbin in its bobbin case and just raise the machine needle by hand just enough to allow the needle to bring up the bobbin thread to the top. Give the bobbin thread and needle thread held together a slight tug so that they both lay out behind of or to the side of the needle. If you have left off the needle throat plate for last (for those machines that allow the throat plate to be removed) when placing the throat plate back on the machine, be careful to guide the bobbin thread through the hole or space in the needle throat plate so the bobbin thread lies on top the plate.
Using the right machine needle for the fabric helps too. Generally, ball-point needles work great for knits and sharp-pointed needles for woven fabrics. Using the smallest size needle that makes the best stitch for the type of fabric seems to work well for most fabrics to produce clean even stitches.
Using the best quality thread helps. The bargain-priced threads found piled in sale bins at the fabric store work great for hand sewing but not for machine sewing. Lesser quality thread make lots of fuzz as it passes through the needle and can jam the machine. Many sewing machine repair folks hate the thought of us using a can of compressed air to blow out fuzz from the tiny spaces of the machine, particularly the newest digital electronic machines, but a spritz or two of compressed air in the vertical thread slots that hold the tension discs and in the bobbin case itself, usually can dislodge bits of fuzz from these spaces. Although compressed air is not recommended for a new machine the thought is offered for you to consider for older, mechanical machines.
Posted on Sep 12, 2009
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