How do I know if my sewing machine has the right tension?
What is Perfect Sewing Machine Tension? Perfect sewing machine tension occurs when the top and bottom threads are perfectly balanced. That means you shouldn’t see any little loops on either the top or bottom of your fabric and the stitching should look even on both sides.
Why is my thread bunching 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.
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.
The tension could be too tight or too loose. Set the tension to the basic thread tension setting or adjust the tension manually. The combination of the needle size, thread size and fabric is incorrect. Be sure to use the correct size needle and thread for the type of fabric that you are sewing.
How do I stop my sewing machine from bunching up?
A good cleaning may solve your bunching woes (check your manual for guidelines on cleaning and maintenance; your machine may also need to be oiled). To prevent stitch glitches, be sure to frequently dust underneath the throat plate and along the thread path, and to periodically clean and oil your machine.