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Please could you tell me what the digital reading should be for a straight stitch when sewing with cotton materials and cotton thread?

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I could not find any reference to this at the BL website. You can download a free manual from the site if you need one.

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I have problems starting sewing with my singer sewing machine.The cotton bunches below the material for the first 2or3 stitches


Before you begin sewing, it is always helpful to pull up the bobbin thread up through the project fabric.

How and Why to Bring up the Bobbin Thread

Before you take the first stitch, be sure the thread take-up lever is at its highest point. Then, gently hold the two thread tails in your left hand and slowly begin to stitch.

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How do I get the stitch length to be consistent? It changes with speed


consistent stitch length depends primarily on tension settings. there are 2 different tension settings on all machines. 1. upper thread tension. 2. bobbin thread tension. since these work together to create the correct stitch length+width, having either of these adjusted inappropriately can significantly impair stitch quality. "knowing' your machine has a lot to do with knowing how tight or loose the tension should be for BOTH settings. the settings will be different for each type of stitch, for each type of needle used, and for each type of thread used, meaning tensions will need to be re-adjusted after each change. in other words, the setting for a medium-width zig-zag with a size 10 needle using mercerized cotton thread to sew light-weight canvas will be completely different than the settings for a regular straight stitch using a size 8 ball tip needle using polyester thread to sew silky lingerie material.

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I would like to know how to set the machine up for polyester/spandex material


You need a ball point size 70 or a jersey 70 if you can get it. Stitch length 2.3 to 2.5. Re tension, just normal tension setting. If the machine is sewing an evenly balanced zigzag on regular cotton fabric, then tension is fine. If you find the straight stitch on your fabric pops under stretch, then try using a very small zigzag to put some flexability into the seam.

Mar 28, 2013 | Bernina Activa 140

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The cotton on my bernina 801 keeps jamming


Loops on bottom indicate a top thread tension problem.

Make sure needle is the correct size and not bent or broken
Make sure it is threaded properly with the lever UP.

Do a test stitch.

If it still loops below... tighten the top tension and do another test stitch... keep doing this until the stitch is balanced.

BTW... always grasp and hold both threads when starting a seam.

Jul 30, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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I am sewing a cotton piece of fabric for a dress and i do not know how to set the tension for cotton


The tension for cotton is set the same way tension is set for any fabric:

1. The thread should pull freely with a small resistance before/after it goes through the needle, on many machines that's half way on the tension adjustment.

2. The bobbin thread when dangled by the thread with the bobbin inside the case should drop down a bit when slightly flicking your wrist like you do with a yo-yo. If it reels out to the floor the tension is too loose. If it doesn't drop at all it is too tight.

3. Now make sure you use the right type of needle. For cotton you want a "sharp" and for reg. weight cotton about a size 10 maybe 12.

Now take a piece of strap cotton material like you're going to sew a seem and sew with a wide zig zag. Example the top side and then the bottom. They should appear identical, flat with needle holes at each side where the thread disappears to the other side. You should see no loop where the threads over lap each other and the material should not be puckering in the middle.

If that is not what you see then think this way:

The TOP side of the stitch is effected by the BOTTOM thread. the bobbin tension.
The BOTTOM side of the stitch is effected by the TOP /needle tension.

Adjust the responding tensions until the stitch looks the same on both sides. Now you are ready to sew your cotton! :)

Apr 26, 2011 | White Sewing Sewing Machines

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I have the singer 7442 and i cannot figure out how to get the baste stitch for gathering material on a flower girls dress. I've tried everything and there's nothing in the manual, can you help with this?...


Normally to gather fabric, you select the regular straight stitch, turn the stitch length up to maximum (4 or 5 usually), and stitch two rows of stitches, one at 10mm from edge and one at 20mm from edge.

Then gather by pulling the bobbin threads (underneath ones) from each end to gather the fabric. If doing lengths of more than 1 metre, then stop, leave long thread tails, and start a fresh length of gathering threads to avoid gathering long lengths of thread which might break on you.

If your machine has a basting stitch it might look like " .___.___.___" on the dial however, I've never been that happy with machine basting for things like attaching slippery fabric to underlining, I've always done it with needle and thread to keep the two layers matching and not stretching/slipping. For example, stitching a piece of chiffon to a underlayer of satin, even pinning carefully, these two fabrics will slip under the machine foot so I'd always do it by hand.

If you have masses of fabric to gather, sometimes what is quicker is doing a large wide zig zag over a length of perle cotton (heavier than thread) at the 15mm seam, don't let the needle pierce the cotton though. Then you can gather the fabric along the perle cotton.

Sewing machine instruction manual often assumes a knowledge of sewing techniques that you may not yet have. I have the Vogue Book of Sewing on my shelf and refer to it often. Or Singer do a good range of sewing books too, its worth investing in a good reference book.

I also love www.patternreview.com, this is such an awesome website for dressmakers/sewing enthusiasts and you will find loads of helpful tips here.

Hope this helps you a little.

Apr 16, 2011 | Singer 7422

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While sewing the thread will break


Take a small piece of material and take several practice runs of a straight stitch. If the cotton breaks try adjusting the small tension wheel (numbered 1234 etc) . To decrease tension turn to a lower number. Adust as necessary until you get a satisfactory stitch.

Jan 30, 2011 | Brother SE350 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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My stitches are regular for the most part and then the stitch will be anywhere from 1/4 in to 1 inch. The stitching is very sporatic. It seems to work on cotton but I have a problem with pul material. I'm...


With any stitch problem, always a good idea to re-thread the machine - top and bobbin also - making sure the threads go into their correct tension areas. The next best stand-by "cure-all" is to replace the needle. Use one appropriate to the project being sewn. There are different size needles for finer through to heavy materials, and different needle types for lingerie fabric, regular cotton, denim, stretch etc.

Jun 15, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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5932 knotting every other inch


Try oiling the hook if you haven't recently.
Check you needle plate and hook for damage, they may need to be buffed or sanded smooth.
Check your upper tension discs for lint and double check your upper thread path (proper threading).
There are other things like hook timing, needle clearance or broken check spring that may be wrong but you need a technician for those things.
best of luck!

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