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Jeremy Osburn
(earn_my_turns)

Locale: New England
thread tension??? I think??? on 12/19/2010 12:55:34 MST Print View

I have a oldish singer sewing machine. I am trying to START sewing the thru-hiker down jacket but i can't get the tension on the thread right I think? I had the bottom thread tension ok but the top was pulling right out of the finished stich. After messing with everything now I have a birds nest of thread on the bottom and a loss tread on the top. Besides being mad, I am lost on how to fix it. Can someone help?

Thanks a ton.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: thread tension??? I think??? on 12/19/2010 13:02:53 MST Print View

When was the machine last serviced/cleaned? Are you using a brand new needle? Any chance you can set the tensions back to where they were when you started? What size needle and type of thread are you using?

Jeremy Osburn
(earn_my_turns)

Locale: New England
answers on 12/19/2010 13:11:31 MST Print View

Don't know about last service.

new needle 70/9

guttermans thread

I am just starting sewing it, I was trying to set everything up on scrap fabric.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
re on 12/19/2010 13:13:58 MST Print View

Is the needle mounted backwards?

Is the bottom and top thread going through the correct tensioning location, that is are they getting no tension?

Try setting the top thread to the middle tension setting.

Sew two pieces of scrap fabric and don't touch it with your hands, sometimes if I feed it with my hands I screw it up.

Have you ever got that machine to sew correctly?

Jeremy Osburn
(earn_my_turns)

Locale: New England
Re: re on 12/19/2010 13:25:29 MST Print View

The flat part on the needle is facing the back. I know its not upside down ;)

Not sure what your second question means

I tried everything from almost no tension to full tension. It has sewn correctly in the past, but I have had more issues with the thread than I haven't. I am also new to sewing very light weight nylons. Not that I am a big seamster, but I have sewn with my moms machine several times in the past and have never had any issues.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
re on 12/19/2010 13:41:50 MST Print View

Every machine is different, but

On the top, the thread goes between two metal pieces that produce the tension

Occasionally, I don't feed it correctly and the thread goes around the two metal pieces, not through them, so there is zero tension

Maybe that's your problem

You said flat part of needle towards the rear, maybe it should go towards the front?

You probably need to take your machine in for serviceing/lubricating

Jeremy Osburn
(earn_my_turns)

Locale: New England
Re: re on 12/19/2010 13:52:05 MST Print View

I think I will give the servicing a try. I would have to guess that that has never been done. What type of shop do you normally go to for service?

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: re on 12/19/2010 15:13:18 MST Print View

Since it's sunday and you've got time...

Remove the bobin from the carrier.
Now look for the carrier Release Latch.
If you find it, release the carrier and remove it. Or just let it swing down.

Now look around in there for cloth lint.
You may find sizeable "mats of fur" in there.
And if you do, you've found the issue.

Pull it out. Get the vacuum if you need to.
Re-assemble.
Sew on.

Good luck.


Edit: Since I don't have a Singer, this is a WAG. But my machine was a lot happier after I pulled out a Lot of fluff.

Edited by greg23 on 12/19/2010 15:17:55 MST.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Sewing Machine Instructions on 12/19/2010 17:16:43 MST Print View

If this link works it will take you to an excellent "how to" article on sewing machines and sewing. It really helped me. I used to have all kinds of thread snarls. Very frustrating.

http://web.archive.org/web/20071215035058/http://www.geocities.com/gengvall/sew/sew.html

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: thread tension??? I think??? on 12/19/2010 17:55:35 MST Print View

All good answers. Let us know what fixed it.

Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Re: thread tension??? I think??? on 12/21/2010 14:20:38 MST Print View

Make sure the needle is all the way up in the needle holder and make sure it's a new needle or that it's sharp with no burrs. I've been burnt by that a few times.

Jeremy Osburn
(earn_my_turns)

Locale: New England
ITS FIXED!!!!!!! on 12/23/2010 14:16:35 MST Print View

The machine just needed a nice cleaning, I took it apart got all the dust and thread out and it is as good as new. Adjusted the tension and I am back in business.

Thanks everyone have a great holiday.

Jeremy Osburn
(earn_my_turns)

Locale: New England
The Jacket is done on 01/16/2011 15:12:43 MST Print View

Sorry to revive my old thread, just wanted to thank you guys again for the sewing machine help and show you the finished product. I am pretty happy with the end result, I learned a lot on this first in depth project. As long as I get several good seasons out of it I will be continuing this fun little process of MYOG.Thru-hiker Down Jacket

Edited by earn_my_turns on 01/16/2011 15:13:36 MST.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Nice! on 01/16/2011 15:21:48 MST Print View

Nice looking jacket

It looks like you've been out in a snow storm : )