Frequent question: How do you fix the tension on your sewing machine?

Why is my thread looping underneath?

A: Looping on the underside, or back of the fabric, means the top tension is too loose compared to the bobbin tension, so the bobbin thread is pulling too much top thread underneath. By tightening the top tension, the loops will stop, but the added tension may cause breakage, especially with sensitive threads.

How do you tell if your bobbin tension is off?

The thread should unwind just slightly and the bobbin case should drop an inch or two. If the thread unwinds without resistance and the case slips to the floor, your bobbin tension is too loose. If the bobbin case doesn’t budge, your bobbin tension is too tight.

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.

How do you adjust thread tension?

Changing Bobbin Tension

Turning the screw a tiny bit counterclockwise will loosen the bobbin tension; turning it clockwise will tighten the tension. Some quilters keep two bobbin cases on hand, leaving one as-is from the factory and using the other when they need to make adjustments.

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Is higher number higher tension on sewing machine?

When you’re adjusting the upper thread tension on your machine, remember that higher numbers on the dial indicate higher (tighter) tension, and lower numbers indicate lower (looser) tension. Try changing the tension dial up or down one unit.

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.

What should the tension be on a Brother sewing machine?

a. The tension dial should be set between 2 to 6. b. When the upper thread is just visible on the back of the fabric, the thred tension is correct.