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I tried to sew a pair of jeans and the material was too thick. The needle would not go, now the bottom thread will not sew from the bobbin and the plate that the bobbin is in willnot turn likr it is supposed to, what do I do?

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Release your needle and learn to use a product called jean a ma jig, from Joann Fabrics. Also, put a new needle in and read your manual. Go online and get your manual from singerco.com and download for free.

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Thread keeps bunching on the bottom of thick material


try a different needle
here's a link to a free manual from singer
http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/1199_8770-efs.pdf
some machine can't handle thick fabric & some can
rethread the machine top & bobbin
clean under the needle plate & in the bobbin area
make sure the thread has not come off the thread take up lever

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Tension adjustments- bobbin metal or plastic-needle size- for sewing on jean cloth


Most machines can sew on jeans fabric, but you may need to go slowly or even hand-turn the needle when crossing thick seams to keep from bending or breaking your needle.

Bobbin: It won't matter if you use plastic or metal bobbins.

Needle: You should use a heavier needle - you can purchase 'jeans' needles, or use the heaviest sharp or universal needle you have.

Tension: For tension adjustment, you can follow the guidelines in your sewing machine manual but you'll also need to adjust the tension based on sewing on scraps of the fabric. If you are sewing light-weight denim, the settings are pretty much the default/normal settings. As you increase the weight/thickness of the fabric and seams to cross, you'll need to loosen your pressure foot tension. If you use decorative 'jeans' thread or topstitching thread, you'll need to loosen your needle tension.
*Always test on scrap fabric to make sure the stitches are forming properly. It is best to make small adjustments to your tension settings, then test, then adjust and test, until it is right. If you sew that weight of fabric often, make note of your tension settings inside your machine manual to save you some time the next time you sew.
I hope this helps.

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Using jeans thread, bobbins thread pulls out immediately, tension is incorrect


Sometimes you need to go for a lesser tension as soon as you move up in thread thickness. A jeans thread is often nylon and already has tension in the way it's wrapped. Try using a low tension and a straight line seam (don't use a zigzag pattern or wave).

Also, try practicing on a piece of scrap material first- make sure it is the same thickness/consistency as the jean material you want to work on. Do a few forward and then backward lines; this will make sure the problem isn't in the initial wind of the bobbin itself, and this usually gets the extra slack out of the bobbin.

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I am attempting to hem a pair of jeans and when I sew the top thread isn't catching properly and is making big loops between when it DOES catch. I have tried adjusting tension, stitch length, almost...


iam reliable informed that you will need to change the needle by the one who controls this machine in our house for different thickness materials you need different size needles ,or you will get exactly the problems you describe ,iam told to look in the book and see whats suggested for this sort of material ,as some of the smaller machines will not go through tougher type materials and some jean material you will have to do it by hand with a special long needle ,the type of needle i use on my boat for the awnings and sail .

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Hemming Levi's for husband. Using thick "jean" thread. Used 16 needle. Top stitch is perfect, bottom thread is anything but straight. I've re-threaded, cleaned the "hook", changed to a 14 needle. I...


Hi! Sounds like you're doing everything right to me, so let's see.

By not getting a straight stitch on the bottom, do you mean that the bobbin thread is loopy? If so, then most likely you have to reset the tension. Get a scrap of jeans material and practice on that....it would be great if you could use different color threads on top and in the bobbin, but that might not be practical if you don't have the jeans thread in different colors already.

You'll be adjusting the top tension, because even tho the top stitch looks perfect, it may not be tight enough to pull the bobbin thread up into the fabric where it belongs.

Sew a couple of inches on your scrap, then stop and check the bobbin thread. If it's loopy, you can also see the top thread on the underside. (Which is why using two colors is helpful.) With the pressure foot down, tightened the top tension just a bit. Sew a few more inches and check again. Keep on sewing, checking, and adjusting until you can't see any (or almost any) top threads on the bottom or bobbin threads on top.

Here are a couple of other ideas to check:

1. Make sure your bobbin is inserted correctly. If I happen to put one in backwards by mistake, the bobbin will make a lot of clanking noises.

2. Using your flywheel, lower the needle all the way through the stitch-making process to see if it's hitting anything along the way.

3. Oil your machine.

4. Make sure all the screws etc on your throat plate (also called needle plate) are tight. (I've had mine get loose and that will definitely throw a knock into the works!)

Check out these ideas and let me know if anything works, or if the problem is still there, ok?

Happy Sewing!

Robbie

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Bottom thread is loose and loopy


I would use a denim needle, these are blue coated to slide through the fibres, usually in size 100. But the looping is more about the weight of the seam, ie thickness. Also aremyou trying to use thick yellow jeans thread on the outside and normal thread inside? This is difficult to achieve as the thick yellow thread wont go through needle, you need to use it on the bobbin and sew right side down. I have never had much success with jeans hems on my Japanese machine and usually end up using my industrial Singer to do it. You can try usinf a seam jumper Sometimes called a jeans-a-ma-jig, this helps give leaverage to the feed dogs as you approach the side seams. Also, belt the seams flat with a hammer first.

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Are you using the correct type of needle? have a word with your needle supplier and explain the problem. Different threads and different thickness material need different top and bottom tension adjustments.
Can I suggest sew one thickness material at a time with tension adjustments for that thickness. Then change the tensions and do a batch of thicker material.

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