May 27, 2020
The usual tips apply:
All too many times, I start to sew and find that the machines balks at feeding
the material and produces a snarl of thread on the underside of the fabric.
This is apparently a common issue and drives people (not just me) nuts.
These are called "nests, wads, knots, loops, and tangles" under the fabric.
Here are some tips to avoid all of these:
- Go slow.
- Start every project with a new needle.
- Buy low, sell high.
- Be sure your needle is not bent and does not have a burr.
(Or just switch to a new needle if in doubt).
- Hold the loose threads when starting to sew the first few stitches,
and ensure there is no slack in these threads.
- 10-12 stitches per inch is the usual thing.
- Be sure your thread spool is feeding cleanly (I use a "tree").
- Be sure the machine is threaded properly.
Rethread the machine with the PRESSER FOOT UP.
(does the thread tension feel different with the foot up versus down?)
- Reduce top tension and check for fuzz and lint in the tension mechanism.
- Use the handwheel to make the first 2-3 stitches, while holding the threads.
- Wind the bobbins evenly.
- Use good thread, and the smallest needle that will produce good stitches.
- Thicker thread requires a needle with a larger eye.
Some other tips:
- Thread tension must be tighter when sewing thin fabric and looser when
sewing thick fabric!
- If the machine goes "clunk, clunk, clunk" as you sew, there is a good
chance you have a bent needle.
Have any comments? Questions?
Drop me a line!
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