Tension question

I am trying to make a homemade dog collar. I have all the supplies
needed, however I can't seem to get the tension/stitch length right.
The hemp ribbing is pretty thick and I bought some clear nylon thread
to stitch it. However, the thread keeps snapping. I am using a size 16
needle. I plan to buy some cotton thread, hoping that will help, but I
am a beginner and would like some insight into suggested tension and
other settings for this project.
I appreciate all insight.
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Perhaps a size 18 needle and loosen the bobbin tension just a tiny bit and the thread tension as well, but just a tiny bit at a time,try it and see what happens. Also, polyester/cotton thread is probably better. Emily
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If you start playing with the bobbin tension, you may never get it back where it belongs, and that will cost you a trip to your dealer. Better to buy an extra bobbin case for special projects. Bobbin tension adjustments are very sensitive - often one eigth of a turn is too much.
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There's gadget called a sewing awl for just such projects. It's a heavy-duty sewing-machine needle in a pin vice that has a nice fat handle that you can push with your whole hand.
If it's not quite *that* hard, you can get a heavy-duty thimble at a quilter's store.
I've heard of a gadget called a "sailor's palm" for pushing needles through canvas and leather, but I've never seen one.
Google turned up an astonishing number of hits, but not one offer to *sell* a sailor's palm! I did learn that they come in "seaming palms" and the heavier-duty "roping palm". Adding "seaming palm" to the search criteria brought the hits down to three, and the third one mentioned two sites that sell palms. $14 at one, $16.50 at the other -- and these, according to another page I'd read, are cheap, dual-duty palms for weekend sailors.
Joy Beeson
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