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I need to sew with kevlar thread on medium weight fabric that is nylon coated with vinyl and I can not get my machine tension set correctly can you help.

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    Cathy Amspacker Rogers Jun 06, 2010

    I have tried all different settings with upper and lower tension. My question is is the heavy kevlar thread too thick for my machine and is that what is causing the tension problems.The fabric is nylon coated with vinyl.



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Hi,here is a detailed solution to help you solve the problem you are encountering with your sewing:
If you are using an old machine,the feed dogs could be worn,but if the feed dogs are not worn,here is another tip to help you,
check that the upper thread is not stuck or caught on something,preventing the thread from unwinding off the pool.
Now,check that you have properly fed the upper thread through all the guides,after a visual check with the presser foot down,pull gently on the free end of the top thread to see if its running smooth and clear,perform the same test on the bobbin thread,if either of them feel like it's caught or not unwind smoothly, check your instruction manual to ensure you are threading the bobbin and the machine correctly.

Next,remove the top thread,bobbin and the needle,with no thread or needle,try sewing the fabric,observe if the machine will feed the fabric under the presser foot,if it does you may need to increase the spring tension of the presser foot a bit.

Thanks and good luck

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Hi,the solution is possible, The answer is a little bit long, so i will give you a link to get the manual on how to adjust the sewing machine.

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Remember that when fabric types/weights are changed, the needle/thread should be changed accordingly. (Needles should be changed often to attain the best sewing experience and minimize unnecessary frustration.) The tension may also need to adjusted. Tension is not static. It should be adjusted to fit the project being sewn. Unless one continuously sews with the same fabric, thread, and needle type would the tension adjustment remain at the same setting, but machines do change over time so a tension setting that worked last year may not look the same this year.

The factory standard tension setting is the midway point between the high & low numbers. However, please understand that machines vary and that sometimes this standard setting may change with time and use. The midway point should only be the beginning point and is most likely suitable for medium-weight fabric. Also, usually the bobbin tension does not require frequent adjustments unless a particularly heavy- or light-weight thread is used in the bobbin--sometimes the bobbin tension will get out of whack requiring adjustment (consult the owner's manual or search the internet for instructions for adjusting bobbin tension). In the majority of cases, the tension adjustment is made to the top thread.

Test your straight stitch on your fabric (may be helpful to use a different color thread in the bobbin so it is easier to see any tension issues). If the bobbin thread is popping up to the top of the fabric, loosen the upper thread tension. If the upper thread is looping or showing on the bottom of the fabric, tighten the upper tension. Keep adjusting until the upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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you need to go to this webpage and download the instruction manual for this model. It has the threading up instructions plus selecting stitches, winding a bobbin etc.

The thread breaking is most likely due to incorrect threading up of the top thread. I suggest that if you can, you print out the manual, put into a little folder and place beside the machine and refer to it often. Follow the instructions in it on winding a bobbin, putting it into the bobbin case correctly and threading up the top thread. Make sure the bobbin goes into the case the correct way, as per image.
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