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I cant seem to get the tension to stay even when going through thicker layers of fabric. I changed my needle to a denim needle, and I am able to sew through two layers of duck canvas with no trouble, but when I switch to 3 or 4 (or more) layers it starts bunching up on the bottom. I've already re-threaded the machine and tried other needles and re-set the bobbin case. Is there anything else I can do? I'm about to give up on my machine! (Singer 4210 - Inspiration). I've also cleaned the dust out and everything but I cant seem to adjust the machine in any way that doesn't get extra loops. I'm trying to use a zigzag stitch to secure the edge of a seam. I also need to add straps since I'm making a bag, so it will need to go through even more layers before I'm done.

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Read this web page to understand the practices of the thickness of thread and the tension so it will not jamb up on you

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4302/understanding-thread-tension

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What do you set the tention to when you are sewing denim?


Hello,

Assuming you're referring to Tension.

This depends on fabric thickness, stitch length, and machine capability. Since you did not note your machine type, needle size, thread specifications and material thickness, it is almost impossible to provide a helpful answer.

If you can provide additional information, we should be able to provide an appropriate response.

Best regards,

Jan 08, 2018 | Sewing Machines

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Tension settings to sew denim on my brother LS 2125


If you are using standard weight thread, just set the tension at the midway point. The tension may start out too tight, so you'll just need to lighten the upper tension until it's where you want it.

If you are using heavier thread, then you'll probably need to loosen the bobbin tension as well as the top tension. (Frankly, I would try to avoid that prospect as you'll need to change the bobbin tension back to where it was when you start a different project on lighter weight fabric). Be sure you use a denim needle, or even top stitch needle.

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Nov 09, 2016 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Need help with tension as thr stiches are puckering.


If the fabric is puckering when you sew, it is most likely because the thread tension is too tight. Make sure you are using a brand-new needle compatible with your fabric--using a 70 or 80 needle and a lighter weight thread may work better as a 90 or higher needle is big enough that it can stretch the fabric before penetrating it, causing puckering.. Puckering also occurs more frequently when sewing light-weight fabrics and may necessitate using a walking foot or a stabilizer to help give the fabric more body as it is stitched (wash-away stabilizer would probably be good when sewing washable fabrics). Another thing that may cause puckering is when the bobbin is wound at a fast speed. Slowing down when winding the bobbin will reduce the amount of stretch added to the bobbin thread. If it is stretched going onto the bobbin, it will shrink back up when it is stitched to your fabric. Also check whether your machine has a presser foot pressure adjustment. The pressure should be lighter when sewing finer fabrics, ie silk, and heavier when sewing thicker fabrics like wool or denim.

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Apr 10, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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How do you adjust the bobbin tension?


Factory standard tension for upper thread is the midway point between the high and low number. However, that tension dial is meant to be used for tweaking tension. Generally, tweaking is required whenever the type of fabric, needle, or thread are changed, ie thicker fabric like denim should have a different upper tension setting than fine chiffon. To be successful with tension settings, one must become comfortable adjusting the upper tension.

NOTE: Accurate tension is achieved when the upper thread and bobbin thread meet in the middle of the fabric.
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Jan 20, 2016 | Brother Sewing Machine - XL2600i

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I have been sewing denim, and the top thread keeps breaking at the needle. What adjustments do I need to make. It also bunches from the bobbin.


Are you trying to use a heavy thread like buttonhole twist through the needle like the yellow thread on store bought jeans? Most domestic machines will not cope with this heavy thread and it will be too large for the eye of the needle too.

If you are using regular weight 50 polyester thread and its breaking then it could be because the top tension is too tight. Just loosen off 1/2 a number on top tension dial and see if this helps.

If possible, buy a pack of jeans needles size 100 too, these are blue coated with teflon I think, and makes it easier to slip through denim which is a very dense fabric.

Hemming denim jeans is probably one of the toughest jobs for a domestic sewing machine so if you are trying to do this, its a good idea to take it slowly and use a "humpjumper" which helps to maneouvre over the thick side seams.

However, even with all the above, many machines won't sew more than one layer of heavy dense weave denim.

Jul 20, 2011 | New Home HF-106

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My zig zag stitch is puckering fabric. I even went to the multiple zig zag, same problem. I decreased tension. What should I have double. Note: this was on single layer, along edge of fabric so I could...


Check the bobbin tension too. It could be too tight. Make sure you are using the right size needle for the material as well. Sheer, thin fabric needs a smaller needle, thicker material requires bigger needles. Bobbin tension is the typical problem as most think to adjust the top tension but don't check the bobbin tension.

Is your quilt peices cotton? Cotton shouldn't cause as much trouble sewing along the edge but don't use too long of a stitch length else it will seem to gather up. Puckering side to side however is a tension problem usually. With sheerer fabrics that cause a problem sometimes you can put thin paper underneath, sew through both and then pull the paper off after sewing. (thin like the iron on type interfacing type fabric but like paper).

Mar 25, 2011 | Janome Sewing Machines

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My bobbin stitch is loose. I have tried adjusting tension and have changed the needle.


A. To correct loose stitches, try the following: (1) Balance the thread tension. If the stitches are loose on top of the fabric, decrease the tension to the next lower number. If they are loose on the underside set the tension to the next higher number. (2) Make sure the needle/upper thread follows the threading path. (3) Check to see that the bobbin case is threaded properly. (4) Use a different size needle. For fine fabrics, use a smaller needle (size 9, 11); medium-weight fabrics require a size 14 or 16. And use a size 18 or "Denim" needle for heavy corduroy or denim.

Sep 20, 2010 | Singer Curvy 8770 Electronic Sewing...

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Needle keeps breaking when sewing


Make sure the needle is in correctly. On most machines the flat part goes towards the back of the machine. Also make sure you are using the correct size needle for the type of thread and fabric you are using. Thicker fabrics such as denim and upholstery fabrics will require a thicker needle, like a 100 (16).

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Trying to sew tab tops on a thick curtain which is lined have got a larger needle and decreased tension but its not working help Using a Brother x3600 sewing machine


Put the tension back to the normal setting - around 4.

Lengthen the stitch to accommodate the multi layers.

When you are sewing and come to a thicker section, stop with the needle down, lift the presser foot and place a folded scrap of fabric under the back of the foot to keep it even. Lower the presser foot and continue sewing.

Mar 17, 2010 | Sewing Machines

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