Why is my sewing machine not sewing tight enough?
When sewing fabrics together problems can occur when the thread tension is not correct, the needle or bobbin is not inserted properly, or the machine is not threaded correctly. … Always place two layers of fabric together when producing a sewing sample to check thread tension, needle type and stitch length.
Why does my sewing machine keep jamming underneath?
However certain you are that the problem with the machine is most likely due to a huge tangled mess of thread in the bobbin underneath the fabric, the most common reason for the jamming is usually the lack of sufficient tension in the upper thread.
If your thread is pulled tight on the underside and not forming an even stitch then (counter-intuitively) it’s usually the top thread tension that’s wrong. Sometimes very lightweight fabrics such as sheers can get dragged down into the machine so it’s a good idea to use a straight stitch plate.
What width should my sewing machine be on?
A straight stitch has no width so it makes sense to set the dial at “0”. However, each machine varies so you will want to set the Stitch Width dial at the position where the needle is centered over the stitch plate. This will give you the most accurate seam allowance.
If the thread has knots, is not smooth, is uneven, or is loose on the bobbin, then it has not been threaded correctly. If your machine uses a bobbin case, follow your sewing machine’s instructions to remove the bobbin from the case and re-thread it.
How do you tighten thread tension?
Changing Bobbin Tension
You should see a small screw on the flat/closed side of the bobbin case. Turning the screw a tiny bit counterclockwise will loosen the bobbin tension; turning it clockwise will tighten the tension.
What tension should I use for thin cotton?
Use size 70/10 for really thin cotton like voile, size 80/12 for light to medium weight cotton, and 90/14 for thick cotton like denim.