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Thread: Question about Tension

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    Question about Tension

    I know it sounds silly, but how do you know if your tension is correct?

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    Look in your manual and compare your stitching
    to the manual( usually show a picture) and then
    compare to picture. then adjust accordingly.

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    If your stitches are firm, straight and lie flat on both sides of the fabric, and the seam is not puckered, then your tension is right for the fabric you're sewing on.

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    If you're new to sewing, you might like to read this post on balancing thread tensions and troubleshooting problems with tensions: Getting ''perfect'' tensions

    Happy sewing!

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    The method I use, I learned decades ago, can't remember where it is from but it works. Prepare a sample of the fabric/fabric sandwich, thread the machine with the thread you intend to use, one color for the bobbin and a different color for the top. Set the machine with a wide zigzag and stitch for about 2 inches. Check both sides, neither side should show stitches from the other side. Adjust tension from top. Don't mess with the bobbin tension. I have a spare bobbin case for special bobbin uses.

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    http://library.constantcontact.com/d...NSION+2012.pdf

    This is a very good reference on tension.

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    Ideally the two threads should meet in the center without either be pulled to the other side. In the case of machine quilting, they should meet in the sandwich. Your manual should show a picture as others have mentioned.

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    The Superior Threads website has a great explanation of how the thread tension works.

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    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    you should see the same sized little 'dot' of thread on each side of the seam...stitch, dot, stitch, dot....and both stitch and dot should be the same size on both sides ...

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