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Old 11-30-2009, 09:20 AM   #1
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Which way to change my tension?

I always have this problem when I'm trying to go through thicker fabric (or even just a couple of layers of thin fabric) where all of a sudden I hear a little clunk, and then as I'm sewing there will be tons and tons of thread on the bottom (of course I don't know this until I stop sewing and pull out my fabric ). Something seems to go out of place with my bobbin so I have to take it out and reposition and start over.

I assume I need to adjust my tension for this problem, but I'm usually sewing fleeces and stuff where you just can't see the stitches well. I've tried really hard looking, and until the problem happens out of no where, the stitches look ok so it's not like I can even do test fabric and then try to get the tension right BEFORE I start on the project. UGH!

Anyone have an idea of which way I should try adjusting my tension?

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Sorry, I have no idea but I would like to know myself.
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:15 PM   #4
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Re: Which way to change my tension?

I would start with the bobbin

check to make sure the area is nice and clean - if i have excess lint my machine will do that

also - if you have plastic bobbins - check for wear on the bobbin itself

make sure the thread is coming of the bobbin in the correct direction - i make this mistake often just because i try and rush putting the thread in

here is a good trouble shooting chart:
http://sewandserge.com/tshoot.asp
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Re: Which way to change my tension?

oh.. also try using contrasting threads - if you are using white materials (for example) use red thread on top and blue in the bobbin - that way you will be able to see the thread better and identify if it is a tension issue
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Have you tried a new heavier duty needle
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Re: Which way to change my tension?

Thanks for the pointers ladies. I feel pretty sure that I am winding and inserting my bobbin properly, and I have cleaned out the bobbin area about a thousand times. It's a new machine (Brother cs-6000i) and I used to have the exact same problem with my previous Brother (LS2021) although I figured it was because I had the very most basic model or because I couldn't get the tension right.

I'll try re-adjusting the tension with different colored threads so I can see if there are loops on either side, although usually I hear a little bit of a clunk and then that's where the problems start, not right off the bat. ARGH!

You know though, I am TERRIBLE about changing my needles... I will give a new needle a try and see how it works. What size would you recommend for about two layers of fleece?
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Interesting, I've had a similar problem with my machine. I just figured I had F@#!ed things up bad!
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Re: Which way to change my tension?

I have this exact same problem!!! ARRRRGH, so annoying! Half the time the thread on the underside is bunched up, or the top thread snaps and I dont realize until a minute later, I've even broken a needle or two! I've tried changing the tension, the stitch length and the type of stitch, I can't figure it out
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Interesting, I've had a similar problem with my machine. I just figured I had F@#!ed things up bad!
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I have this exact same problem!!! ARRRRGH, so annoying! Half the time the thread on the underside is bunched up, or the top thread snaps and I dont realize until a minute later, I've even broken a needle or two! I've tried changing the tension, the stitch length and the type of stitch, I can't figure it out
Interesting... what type of machine do you ladies have?
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