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« on: September 14, 2009 01:12:11 PM »

i watched the threadbanger tutorial video about shirring....i just tried to shirr the top of a dress i am making...and im having a problem....the thread on top of the machine is loopy underneath. its not wrapping around the elastic thread correctly...what could be causing this? i tried adjusting the tension both up and down, the further down i turn the tension, the bigger the loops and tighter the shirr, and the higher i turn the tension the smaller the loops and looser the shirring....any ideas on whats wrong? thanks so much....

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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2009 07:11:09 PM »

It sounds like a problem with the top tension. Set all the tension knobs and screws to where they are supposed to be. Also check the screws that hold your foot and needle on and make certain that they aren't loose. If you are winding the elastic thread on the bobbin at the bottom, the bobbin tension alone will have to be loosened. Some things that might make tension 'touchy':
  Change your needle. If you are sewing with heavy/light fabric, knit/woven fabric, metallic fabric etc, choose an appropriate needle. Make certain that your needle also matches the weight (size) of the thread and that the thread is good to hold the elastic - a nice dual-duty would work.
  An old rough needle could also give you trouble and is another reason to change your needle.
  Make sure that your lower bobbin fits easily and without catching into the bobbin case in the machine and that it is all the way in.
  Make sure that the foot of the machine is all the way down on the fabric before you start to sew.
  Be careful that you are letting the fabric feed thru the machine at the rate that the feed dogs want it to.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2009 05:56:34 AM »

It sounds like a problem with the top tension. Set all the tension knobs and screws to where they are supposed to be. Also check the screws that hold your foot and needle on and make certain that they aren't loose. If you are winding the elastic thread on the bobbin at the bottom, the bobbin tension alone will have to be loosened. Some things that might make tension 'touchy':
  Change your needle. If you are sewing with heavy/light fabric, knit/woven fabric, metallic fabric etc, choose an appropriate needle. Make certain that your needle also matches the weight (size) of the thread and that the thread is good to hold the elastic - a nice dual-duty would work.
  An old rough needle could also give you trouble and is another reason to change your needle.
  Make sure that your lower bobbin fits easily and without catching into the bobbin case in the machine and that it is all the way in.
  Make sure that the foot of the machine is all the way down on the fabric before you start to sew.
  Be careful that you are letting the fabric feed thru the machine at the rate that the feed dogs want it to.

thank u so much for trying to help....i will experiment with what you said....i hope it works.....the only way to get it to work (reasonably) now is i have to hold both ends of the fabric taut......thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2009 10:31:20 AM »

When i shirr, I put the elastic in the bobbin, stretching it some( people say not to though) and slightly tighten the bobbin tension. I uses the longest straight stitch on the machine. on a subsequent row i DO stretch the previously shirred line out so that the shirring is even.
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