Preparing Your New Sewing Machine to Sew

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If your needle thread tension is stronger, your bobbin thread will be pulled torepparttar top of your fabric. If your bobbin thread tension is stronger,repparttar 116270 needle thread will be visible onrepparttar 116271 underside of your fabric. Whenrepparttar 116272 tension is just right and evenly balanced,repparttar 116273 stitch will lock inrepparttar 116274 middle, halfway betweenrepparttar 116275 top and bottom of your fabric. This is what you want and have to find. It might take some playing around with your tension guide, but worthrepparttar 116276 extra bit of time it takes.


The easiest way to test your tension is to thread your machine and put one colour thread in your machine with a totally different colour in your bobbin. Neither one should match your fabric. You need to examine your stitches.

If your tension is too tight, you will see your bobbin thread on top.

If your tension is too loose, you will see your top thread onrepparttar 116277 bottom ofrepparttar 116278 fabric.

If your tension is correct, you will see machine thread only onrepparttar 116279 top ofrepparttar 116280 fabric and bobbin thread only onrepparttar 116281 underside ofrepparttar 116282 fabric.


BEFORE you start adjusting your tension, make these three checks. This is very important.

1. Be certain your machine is threaded properly. Even long time sew-ers can miss a thread guide.

2. Be sure your bobbin is properly installed.

3. Make sure your needle is inserted properly.

After going thrurepparttar 116283 three checks, you may have to adjustrepparttar 116284 tension in order to sew a good stitch. Check your manual to see how this is done. Each time you have adjusted, sew a line of stitching. You should only have to make small, slight adjustments to correct your stitch.

If after what seems like an eternity of changes, you still don't have a balanced stitch, leave your machine. Don't even look at it for a few hours, maybe a day or so. Then go back and try again. It could be you are tired, frustrated or distracted. It happens to all of us.

Or, it could be that your bobbin needs adjusting. Most sewing machine manufacturers don't want you to adjust your bobbin tension. If your manual doesn't cover this area, then it is best to take your sewing machine in to a dealer or reputable repair man.

Happy Sewing!

Mary is the mother of three grown children and grandmother to six perfect grandchildren. She is also owner/editor of http://sew-whats-new.

How To Choose a Sewing Machine

Written by Mary Wilkins

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Onrepparttar other hand, a strong sales pitch can also steer you inrepparttar 116269 wrong direction. Paying for a top ofrepparttar 116270 line model doesn't mean you are gettingrepparttar 116271 machine you will be happiest with. You must resistrepparttar 116272 urge for that impulse buy. Go home and talk to someone who sews. Find out their experiences and listen to what they have to say. Again, take your time with this decision.

If you have visited allrepparttar 116273 dealers, and test driven their machines visit them all again. Visit again when you are rested and can make a clear decision. Go back and take a second look at those machines. You are looking at them with new eyes now. Maybe there are a few things you never noticedrepparttar 116274 first time that stand out now. What about that foot pedal, is it comfortable? Do you wantrepparttar 116275 even feed feature? Doesrepparttar 116276 machine run smoothly and quietly? Are there more programmes than you will ever use? If so, make a mental note and you can scale down your possible choices. This second visit will tell you more than you expect.

Ask aboutrepparttar 116277 warranty that comes with each machine. Be sure you know who is responsible for standing behind it, your dealer orrepparttar 116278 manufacturer. Are repairs made locally or will you have to pack everything up and send it away.

Be very sure you understand what is included withrepparttar 116279 sewing machine. Which feet, how many bobbins and what about a manual. The manual is very important. You will refer torepparttar 116280 manual time after time so it should be a good reference guide to allrepparttar 116281 accessories and stitch designs along with any other functions. The manual should be full of pictures and diagrams forrepparttar 116282 basic sewing as well as clear directions. If your manual isn't helpful, do you want to go searching outrepparttar 116283 answers every time you have a problem. I wish I had a penny for every time someone has emailed me with a problem that their manual doesn't answer.

Be sure you get your sales agreement in writing and keep your copy in a safe place. Nothing less will do.

The bottom line is you must do some work before you ever sew your first stitch. If you makerepparttar 116284 effort and educate yourself,repparttar 116285 rewards of a great sewing machine are yours.

Mary is the mother to three grown children and six perfect grandchildren. She is also owner/editor of Her site has been recognized in many national sewing magazines.

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