What is a balanced stitch?
The stitch is balanced when you cannot see two colors of thread on the fabric. This technique, sometimes called contrast quilting, is often used when a quilt top is of a different color than the backing and matching colors of thread are desired on each.
What does a balanced machine stitch look like?
Balanced Machine Stitches
Machine stitches should look the same on both sides of the seam when you sew patchwork pieces together or when you. … The little knot formed between stitches (at each indentation between them) should be invisible, buried in the layers.
If your thread is pulled tight on the underside and not forming an even stitch then (counter-intuitively) it’s usually the top thread tension that’s wrong. Sometimes very lightweight fabrics such as sheers can get dragged down into the machine so it’s a good idea to use a straight stitch plate.
Why does my top stitch look wrong?
Poor thread tension on a machine-sewn seam can result in an unstable seam, puckering, or just plain unattractive stitching. Perfect machine stitches interlock smoothly and look the same on both sides of the fabric. If you see small loops on the right or wrong side, the thread tension isn’t correct.
Why is my zigzag stitch sewing straight?
If the upper thread appears as a single line, the lower thread is incorrectly threaded. Instead of the appropriate tension being applied to the lower thread, it is pulled through the fabric when the upper thread is pulled up.
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 balancing the tension of the upper and lower thread?
Adjusting top tension
The tension discs are located at the front of the machine head before the uptake lever. Turning the thread tension nut in a clockwise direction will increase the tension on the top thread. To decrease the tension on the top thread, turn the tension nut in an anticlockwise direction.