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Thread tension problem when sewing on heavy fabrics

I have a Bernina 180 and I'm trying to sew some denim using special denim thread (heavier than the usual C&C stuff you buy for a buck-fifty).

I am using a jeans needle.

But I cannot get the thread tensions to lay properly and it looks like a mess! Using standard Bernina 180 tensions, the top *looks* somewhat okay from the topside although the stitches are not *neat*, they are a little crooked.

The bottom side looks awful. The top thread is pulled to the bottom as loops and the bobbin thread looks very *zig-zag*-ish between each stitch. And when I pull out the mess of stitching, the bobbin thread easily pulls straight out without any fight from the top thread that looped through to the bottom.

How do I fix this??? I cannot seem to find the right combo of tensions to make the stitches look neat both top and bottom.

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  • CA_Stitcher Jan 16, 2008

    Well, I can understand that the machine isn't liking the thread. But I think a Bernina 180 *should* be able to handle a heavier thread for standard sewing. I mean it's a Bernina after all!



    Plus my application requires a heavier thread.



    Anyone else have any ideas?

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If you are using buttonhole twist or heavy topstitch and normal thread underneath machine tensions wont like it. Try using regular thread top and bottom but use two same colour on top and thread both through needle but put one either side of tension discs if you can. Top stitching jeans is problematic for manymachines even Berninas

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Sometimes when I need to use heavy thread for top stitching to reinforce a seam that has come undone, I will use the heavy thread on the top and regular thread on the bottom. I haven't tried it the other way around for hemming but I would think it would work. I do not currently have a Bernina.

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