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« on: November 07, 2008 07:47:17 AM »

Okay, lets say the blue is the fabric, the green is the underneath stiches, and the red is the top stitches - why do the red stitches do this?




Any way that I adjust the tension wheel, it's fine for the first few stitches, then it just ends up as a line of string, with the underneath stitches going all the way through the fabric.
Then the fabric gets wrinkly and I stop sewing out of frustration.
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2008 08:07:15 AM »

You didn't mention the make or model of sewing machine, but I suspect that your upper thread is catching on something (like the edge of the thread spool).


Start by completely, carefully and methodically re-threading the machine wit the presser foot UP until you get to the needle.

Once the machine is re-threaded you'll have to apply some analytical observation to spot the problem in the thread path.

If you fnd the problem is the thread catching on the spool, try flipping the spool around and make certain that you have a piece of spool felt under it if it is a vertical spool pin.  If it is a horizontal sppol pin, make sure you use the cap on top of the spool that came with the machine. 


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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008 08:33:07 AM »

And after you've done all that, change the needle. Not logical, but it often works.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2008 08:53:45 AM »

Actually, that's very logical.  The eye of the needle can develope a grove, burr or worn spot from the friction of the thread or even be defective from the get go.  These issues will prevent the thread from passing through smoothly and can lead to broken threads and funky stitches.
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2008 10:11:37 AM »

It could also be the bobbin tension, you could be loading the bobbin incorrectly, or the tension of the bobbin case might need tightening, about a quarter of a turn of the little screw. it is also possible that you have a little lint in the bobbin case that is throwing off the tension
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2008 11:14:25 AM »

It could also be the bobbin tension, you could be loading the bobbin incorrectly, or the tension of the bobbin case might need tightening, about a quarter of a turn of the little screw. it is also possible that you have a little lint in the bobbin case that is throwing off the tension
This is usaly the problem for me when i have that problem
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2008 08:28:08 AM »

Thankyou very much, I've had this problem for ages, it's driving me mad. I'll check tonight Smiley

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