Thread tension

Ok, when the top thread is lying on the top of the fabric, instead of
midway into the seam, that means the tension is too tight, right?
Sorry for the doofus questions, but I've misplaced my owners manual, and
all my sewing books are stored somewhere. Just have to remember where.
dwight
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duh
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Probably. It *could* mean that the bobbin tension is too loose, but since the upper tension is usually much easier to fiddle with I'd adjust that first. Set it to a lower number and test. Also, it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway, make sure the thread path is clean including cleaning(flossing) between the tension disks. And if you haven't changed the needle in a long time, put in a new needle....
Beverly
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BEI Design
Yup: slacken it off a little. If you find you have to slacken it off a LOT then your bobbin tension may be too tight and need a VERY TINY adjustment.
Meanwhile, hit the library! :)
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Kate Dicey
> Ok, when the top thread is lying on the top of the fabric, instead of > midway into the seam, that means the tension is too tight, right? > > Sorry for the doofus questions, but I've misplaced my owners manual, and > all my sewing books are stored somewhere. Just have to remember where. > > dwight
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cea
That's a new one to me, thanks!
For the threading diagrams, the full URL is:
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site also has manuals:
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and another goodie worthy of keeping in the files:> home.howstuffworks.com Full URL:
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info, Cea, thanks! Beverly
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BEI Design
IIRC he is a real beginning with nobody to help him (I would, but he's just a skosh too far away from me to make it easy) and he *does* need all the "goes without saying" stuff so he can assimilate it.
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Melinda Meahan - take out TRAS
Dear Duh,
Along with all of the great advice you've gotten here, I'm going to give you one from my experience of teaching for umpteen years. LEAVE THE TENSION ALONE!!! It is very rare that that's the problem, and once you've fiddled with it, it takes infinite calm and patience to restore it to working order. Newbies always assume that it's the machine at fault, and start messing with it, rather than looking at the manual and finding out it was something really simple like rethreading or cleaning.
Teri
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gjones2938
yeah, I have made my own shirts for years, dress shirt and sports, but this is new territory. Not much variability in shirting fabrics. Still got a sueded tencel shirt half finished around here somewhere.
Dwight (duh or taunto)
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duh

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