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I am trying to sew a heavy vinyl, I am using an upholstery thread and a 100 needle how should I adjust the tension

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You'll probably just need to test it and adjust accordingly. It may not need any adjustment at all. If the machine is one of the newer machines, be sure to select fabric as heavy (or vinyl). If it's an older machine it may not have a fabric selection option.

Good luck.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

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Singer 20 u33 machine . I'm trying to sew vinyl and the tension is not right . How do I adjust for sewing vinyl


Vinyl is difficult to sew because it tends to stick to the presser foot and the sewing machine surface. Try using a teflon-coated, roller foot, or walking foot to help with that. You may also want to try a sewing needle that has a larger scarf that will protect the thread when it penetrates the vinyl. Vinyl will tend to grab the thread and hold onto it when the needle withdraws from the fabric so you will end up with thread loops underneath.

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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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I am trying to sew a boat canvas top with sunbrella canvas. my top stitch is beautiful but the bottom stitch is loose and messy. Is this just a tension adjustment and if so what should I be adjusting?


Try adjusting the top tension dial to tighten up the loose stitching on the underside. Generally if you have loose threads underneath, its the top tension and visa versa.

However, if you are using a thread heavier than normal sewing thread through the needle and bobbin (which you probably need for this canvas) then the machine may struggle. I've sewed vinyl seat covers and gave up with my domestic machine and purchased a second hand industrial Singer machine 20U to cope with this heavier weight textile. Generally for anything heavier than upholstery fabric a domestic machine may not be strong enough.

May 04, 2011 | Husqvarna Sewing Machines

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I have a Scandinavia that seems to sew just fine except the bobbin thread is all knotted up. I am sewing on light weight naugahide with upholstery thread and a size 16 needle. thank you.


You may use the upholstery thread in the needle, but not the bobbin. Use standard size thread in the bobbin. If you absolutely need to use the upholstery thread in the bobbin, you will need to adjust the upper and possibly lower tension in order for it to work.

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Machine jamming


Hi! It's possible that the thread is too heavy, but there are other possibilities also. What size needle are you using? Is it a leather/vinyl needle? Also, it could be a tension problem, so try adjusting that on a scrap of the vinyl.

I found this bit about marine threads (http://www.seattlefabrics.com/thread.html). There are different sizes/weights of marine threads and it could be that you need to find a different marine thread.

Hope this helps!

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Tension


You would do best with a heavy weight needle. You also might want to use Upholstery thread rather than normal weight thread. Depending on the machine, you probably need to change the tension. Some high end machines do this automatically. Your best bet is to try a test run on scrap material to get the right needle, stitch, thread combination. Good luck.

Dec 29, 2009 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Can the consew 339rb-1 be used only with 1 needle?


this is the specifications for the 339rb-3. they sould be close to yours, if you can put two seperate needles in and the machine hase one hook and bobbin case then I would say you can use one needle, if you have two hooks and bobbins, I would say no, you may want to thread with one and just hand turn for a few stiches to sew hoe it reacts, leave the bobbin door open so you can watch the hook.




Specifications


  • Two needle mechanism readily makes two parallel lines of stitches
  • Compound feed, walking foot mechanism insures even feeding of material
  • Large hooks and bobbins assures longer operation between bobbin changes
  • Centra-Lube® semi-automatic lubrication system
  • Automatic hook lubrication
  • Oil fed take-up
  • Simple adjustment permits raising and lowering of the center foot which allows for sewing different thickness of material
  • Safety clutch protects the hooks from being damaged
  • Various needle gauges available
  • For sewing light to heavy-weight materials such as leather, vinyl, upholstery, synthetics, canvas, vinyl and various coated and laminated products
  • Designed for stitching such products as auto, boat and furniture upholstery, tarpaulins, covers, sails, tents, camping trailer covers, awnings, umbrellas, tops, bags, luggage, handbags, travel ware accessories, sports and camping equipment, wearing apparel, outdoor clothing, canvas shoes, slippers, orthopedic appliances, etc.
  • Suitable for double needle seaming, binding, taping and piping operations

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Thread tension on Babylock Esante2


Try a wing needle, it will keep the vinyl from pinching the thread. Don't be afraid to crank up the upper tension all the way if you are using heavy thread.
Hope this helps.

Jan 28, 2009 | Baby Lock Esante

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Tension


I answered this a couple days ago but don't know if it went through. I can sew through 6 or more layers of denim with my 226, no problems at all. In my 30 years in the upholstery business I never had a problem sewing leather, vinyl, canvas or multi-layers of fabric. The 226 Consew, the 111W and 211w Singers I had presented zero problems with heavy fabrics - and I don't consider vinyl "heavy".

You need to first of all check threading. If the machine's threaded wrong you're break thread. Also you need to oil under the bobbin case and the bobbin hook and the rest of the parts as well.
Then, loosen thread tension on top by turning the knurled knob that's on the spring that's holding the tension discs. Also loosen bottom tension on the bobbin case by turning the small, left-most screw on the outside of the bobbin case counter-clockwise. Do both with the presser foot down. Pull the thread(s) out and feel the tension. You should be able to pull the threads out with some little effort. Tighten both a little at a time until you get some tension. Run a couple seams and check where the threads meet in the fabric. They should meet in the center. Also check stitch length. If you're using 92 thread (is should be left twist), you should run the machine at about 6 - 7 stitches/inch. I'm running my machine at 5 - 5 1/2 with #69 nylon bonded, and 6 - 6 1/2 with #11 mono.
One more thing; if tension's too loose at the bobbin or top, the machine will jam in the bobbin and thread will break.
Go to www.consew.com and download a pdf owner's manual for free. You need to click on the 224. That machine, the 225 and 226 are the same.

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Sewing with drapery material


Switch back to regular thread. Upholstery thread is used for seams that will get lots of stress (as in upholstery; although I use regular thread in upholstery and have no problems). For draperies, regular thread is fine.

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