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Understanding Thread Tension

Understanding Thread Tension
by Claire Shaefferexcerpted from Threads #78, pp. 39-41 Many sewers avoid the tension dials on their machines like the plague, certain they'll only make matters worse if they make adjustments. In fact, there's nothing very mysterious about setting and adjusting thread tensions on your sewing machine, whatever its make and model. What's potentially more confusing is that many apparently tension-related problems are caused by factors other than misadjusted tension dials. Let's look closely at how to identify and correct "tension" problems, both with and without touching the tension settings. Don't miss other sewing machine tutorials like this one by purchasing a print subscription of Threads magazine. Meet your tension toolsIn order to form a row of stitches that looks the same on both sides of the fabric, the same amount of thread needs to flow from the spool and the bobbin simultaneously. The tension discs and tension regulator together are called the tension assembly.

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A tensioning trick you may not know - blog - fabric store Did you know that your bobbin case has its own tensioner? Many sewers don't. If you're experiencing difficulty with tensioning your machine, it might be that your bobbin tension is too loose (or, less frequently, too tight). To test your bobbin tension, remove the bobbin case and bobbin from your machine and hold the end of your bobbin thread. Swiftly pull up on the thread. The thread should unwind just slightly and the bobbin case should drop an inch or two.

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