loose tension with walking foot


I am sewing a bag that is a few layers, with laminated cotton as the outer fabric. I am using a walking foot on my Baby Lock Natalie machine and the thread tension is off. The top stitches look great but the bottom stitches are really loose. I've tried tightening the thread tension and lowering the walking foot but nothing seems to be working. Any suggestions?
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hillaryfrank

You did not say what size needle you are using, so I will suggest a size 16 needle. Also try lightening up on the foot pressure.
-Irene
On Thu, 12 Aug 2010 21:31:30 +0000,
>I am sewing a bag that is a few layers, with laminated cotton as the outer >fabric. I am using a walking foot on my Baby Lock Natalie machine and the >thread tension is off. The top stitches look great but the bottom stitches >are really loose. I've tried tightening the thread tension and lowering >the walking foot but nothing seems to be working. Any suggestions? > > >------------------------------------- > > > > > >##-----------------------------------------------## >Delivered via
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IMS

My first suggestion is to rethread the top with the presser foot UP, so the thread can enter the upper tension properly. Also remember to drop the presser foot when starting to sew... that's a big problem for me on thick fabrics, and then I get bottom loops.
The other two common problems I see with loops on the bottom are caused by sewing with a thread too thick for the needle (thread should occupy about 60% of the width of the eye), or not hanging on to the thread ends when starting.
Kay
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Kay Lancaster

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