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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. Related:  SEWINGSewingHow to?

How to Adjust the Hook Timing on Sewing Machines Step 3:Turning the wheel again, adjust the position of the tip of the needle so that the upper part of the needle eye is just below the bottom edge of the hook inside the shuttle race. Once in position, re-tighten the set screw on the needle bar bushing. Do not allow the needle bar to slip while doing this. Winter Warmers Sarah and I had a Mother/Daughter sewing session this afternoon and made up some Heat Packs. Now we are finally getting some winter weather, these will be put to good use soon. It is a great project for beginner sewers as they are quick to whip up. We used left over fabric from our flannel pajamas as the flannel will make an extra cosy heat bag. We made up a few extra ones for gifts. They are basically just two rectangles of fabric sewn together. Cotton fabric, 2 pieces each measuring 28 cm x 15 cm (10 1/2 ” x 5 1/2 “) Co-ordinating ribbon or trim, 1 piece measuring 5 cm length (2 “) Wheat, 500 g Dried lavender, 2 tablespoons Matching thread Sewing machine Hand sewing needle Funnel Method: Fold the piece of ribbon in half and position it 5 cm from the corner on one of the long sides of quilting cotton, and baste in place. Use a funnel to fill the bag with 500 g wheat, and 2 tablespoons of dried lavender. Lavender Wheat Bag Use to warm up your bed or soothe aching muscles Related March 26, 2012

Photo Tutorial for Convertabunz™ 2.0 Multipurpose Diaper :: Bunzuke Cloth Online Shop This tutorial is for professional and personal use. The finished diaper has adjustable leg elastic. - A 13 page, step-by-step, photo tutorial in digital format (PDF) - Links to helpful websites and videos - A special offer by KAMsnaps, including a pronged stud die and snaps The PDF file, and complementary links will be sent to the e-mail in your Hyena Cart account, within 24 hours. If you would like an instant download for this tutorial, please visit: You may sell ConvertabunzTM 2.0 made with this tutorial . You may use the name ConvertabunzTM 2.0 with the following limitations: It is clear that the finished diaper was not made by Bunzuke Cloth. If you stray from the pattern, design, size, style, snaps, use very different fabrics, etc, please use a different name. or Releasing this tutorial will benefit the cloth diapering community in the following ways: For work at home moms (WAHMs): For parents and caregivers: For personal use:

Sewing School - your online source for all things sewing — Meet Your Machine: Anatomy of a Sewing Machine Posted in: Meet Your Machine, Sewing 101 — By Sewing School on November 10, 2010 7:14 AM It’s about time you get acquainted with your new BFF… your sewing machine! Once you get to know each other, you’ll be inseparable! First things first: This diagram shows you all of the different parts of your machine. So that’s just great, but what are all these things? Bobbin Winder Tension Disc keeps your thread taut when you’re winding a bobbin Pressure Regulator adjusts the amount of pressure that the presser foot uses to hold your fabric down as you stitch. Thread Take-up Levermoves your thread up and down as you sewthread goes through this lever when you thread your sewing machine Thread Guides used to keep your thread in place as you sew — they are located at various points on the machinewithout these guides, your thread could become loose and tangled inside your machine Tension Control Needle Presser Foot Feed Dogs Shuttle Cover (Bobbin Housing) Needle/Throat Plate Presser Foot Lever Stitch Length Dial

How to Sew Hems by Machine - 12 Methods for Sewing Reap extra dividends from your sewing machine investment by using it to stitch the hems in the things you sew. After reading this article, you’ll have the basic whys and how-tos for how to sew a dozen different sewing machine-stitched options. Yes, there is definitely a place for hand-sewn hems, but often the machine-stitched alternative looks better and is easier to execute. You’ve probably noticed machine-sewn hems are found on virtually all ready-to-wear fashions and decorator furnishings today, no matter how high the price tag. When you tap the power of the sewing machine for hemming, you’ll create a finish that’s not only polished, but quick to sew, strong and durable, too. This hem can be sewn on any straight-stitch machine model and suits a wide variety of fabrics. Finish the raw edge of the hem allowance with serging or zigzagging, or clean-finish it (turn under and press 1/4 inch, edgestitching if desired).Turn up the hem allowance width, press and pin in place.

Weighted Lap Pads, Lap Wraps, Shoulder Wraps and Sensory tunnels by Salt of the Earth Weighted Gear sizes and prices WEIGHTED SHOULDER WRAPS are surprisingly comforting. They can be placed around the shoulders in a seated position, or placed over the chest in a reclining position. Provides the calming sensation of hands pressing gently on the shoulders. WEIGHTED LAP WRAPSare a little more versatile. They can be draped over the lap or folded on the lap. WEIGHTED LAP PADSmeasure approximately 12 by 16 inches, according to weight. Your Sewing Machine's Overlock Stitch Did you know that most regular sewing machines have a special overlock stitch that mimics a serger's stitch? It's true! My Bernina has one, and so have the Pfaff and Brother machines I've sewn on. Most people without a serger use pinking or zigzagging to finish their edges, sometimes without even knowing they have an overlock stitch on their sewing machines. Here's the top view of the stitch on my Bernina 1008, in pink thread. And here's the back. This is what the stitch icon looks like on my machine. Your machine will have a special foot for the overlock function. The red arrow points to the pin, which you align with the raw edge of your fabric. Since my serger needs to go to the shop, I used my overlock stitch to finish the raw edges of some fabric before pre-shrinking it in the dryer. Do you use an overlock stitch?

10 Tips to Prevent Frustration When Sewing — Sew DIY 1. Research There are so many great sewing blogs out there and a lot of them share tips for specific patterns or dilemmas. Before I start any new project, I do research on what other people have to say about the pattern regarding fit and construction. It can save a lot of headaches to see what other people have done and what has or hasn’t worked for them. For example, it’s great to see if other people of a similar body type sized up or down or needed to change any other design elements. 2. A muslin (or toile) is just a test version of a pattern. By making a muslin, you’ll be able to do all the fiddly adjustments on a cheap fabric and not worry about ruining it. It’s a good idea to have fabric for making muslins on hand. 3. Before starting a new project, it’s ideal to have all of the notions and supplies ready to go. 4. Anytime you’re about to start a new project test stitches, needles, thread and seam finishes on a scrap of your fabric. 5. Is a technique just not working for you? 6. 7.

Press your quilt seams open by Mabry Benson equilters home Search this site Q-Nuggets Sign up Quilting Forum Why You should Press Your Quilt Seams Open Opinion by Mabry Benson Yet again I heard a quilt teacher tell others to press their seams to one side, rather than open, as the seam was stronger that way. Let me say first that I am talking about machine piecing. Machine sewn seams are many times stronger than hand sewn seams and opening up of the seams is not a problem. I have always pressed my seams open in my machine piecing. What are the reasons? My principle reason for pressing open is that the finished piece looks better that way. Proponents of pressing to one side say that it is easier to quilt if the seams are to the side. Consider what happens in a simple four patch when you sew the second seam and press that seam to one side. The only disadvantage to pressing open is that you have to press first from the back, then again from the front, so there it twice as much pressing. [Thank you, Mabry! SEARCH the Equilters site HERE

sewing 101: basic sewing machine maintenance Written by Michael Ann of Michael Ann Made. Also keep up with her on facebook, instagram, twitter and pinterest! Hello Kate and Friends, it’s Michael Ann again! With it being a fresh new year and all, I thought I would talk a bit about proper sewing machine maintenance and care today. Something I am terrible at if I’m being completely honest, haha! My sewing machine is probably my most treasured possession, but the poor thing doesn’t always get treated like that. After Every Time You Sew. Use The Right Needle – You wouldn’t normally think of this as a part of sewing machine care, but always make sure you are using the right needle for the job at hand. Take Care Of Your Bobbins – Make sure your bobbins are winded and loaded correctly. Keep It Covered – This is the simplest act of maintenance! After Every Project. Change Needles Often – This is one I am terrible at, but some sewers say you should change your needle after every 8 hours of sewing! And that’s all there is too it!

Threading My Way: Pillowcase Tutorials Following on from my recent Pillowcases for Oncology Kids post, I thought I'd do a round up of free pillowcases tutorials I've found online. Pillowcases are super easy to sew - great for someone new to sewing - but it helps to have measurements and a quick how to. 1K+When I first started making pillowcases, I found a pillowcase tutorial, over at Flower Press. Now, a pillowcase is not hard to make, but the tutorial saved me working out the measurements myself. This particular tutorial gives measurements for Australian, UK and US standard pillowcases. Pillows vary in size from country to country. My suggestion would be to measure an existing pillow or pillowcase. I've grouped the tutorials according to countries. Case in point... Pillowcase tutorials on Australian sites... Most of the pillowcases listed above have plain seams exposed on the inside of the pillowcase. For those who would prefer a tidier inside, I've listed a few more tutorials. Do you have a favourite tutorial? ...

Learn Generations Auto-Digitizing Software Now! DIY Buttonhole Elastic Welcome to another "Friday Feet!" Friday Feet is when I share a technique such as how to use a certain presser foot. Read more about it here. I think I know what my problem is. I start too many projects and then feel overwhelmed with what I should do next and then I don't do anything, the supplies from each project pile up and the creativity is squished like a cockroach. I guess that's why I took Pearl to one of my least favorite clothing retailers as we got desperate trying to find some shorts that fit both our criteria. There are several advantages of buttonhole elastic. When I went to get some buttonhole elastic, I found that they no longer carry in the store. I experimented with what I had. Just a few of tips: ✂ keep the slit straight, along just one crevice ✂ make it smaller than you would a normal buttonhole since it stretches (duh) ✂ I would make them a bit closer than what I show in the photo for that perfect amount of cinching option. That's it! but I'm rethinking my button choice.

Rag Quilts - How to make a Denim Rag Quilt | FeltMagnet Supplies Now that I had the material I had to cut all of it into blocks, I used a rolling cutter and 6" x 6" acrylic block to cut the fabric. You will also need a small pair of very sharp scissors later to snip the seam allowances. I used just my plain old sewing machine to put the blocks together, and a 100/16 size sewing needle for heavyweight fabrics. Cutting the Blocks The first thing I did was cut all the blocks. So this quilt was made 12 blocks x 14 blocks, which would be 60" wide x 70" long. But using these simple measurements you could add or take away depending on how big you want your quilt to be. Arrange the Blocks Once all the material is cut up into blocks, you will then want to lay out each row the way you want the material to show. Lay out one row of twelve of the backing fabric, with right sides of fabric facing down. Do this at 10 rows of 12 blocks, So looking at it you should have all blocks to be one backing fabric and one denim. Sew Blocks Together Sew Rows Together