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Thread: tension - Singer 403

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    So... it was 10:00 pm, I hadn't felt well, but I wanted to get "something" done before bed. So, I pieced some strips for a WIP baby quilt back.

    I had made a 6 dowel rod thread dispenser. My new white thread was a BIG spool of guteman.

    I put the thread on the dispenser & threaded it thru the machine, and got the strips almost done. about 10 seams. maintained a nice 1/4, etc. THEN I looked at the stitching. the top thread was super loose. seams not usable. All to do again.

    Once before, I used the dispenser with my singer 403, and it happened then, too. I think the "pull" of the thread off the spool is part of the tension system. There is no pull off the dispenser, the thread just flows off. gah.

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    sorry to hear that you have to redo them. i had that problem. i stuffed a piece of batting in the loop above the thread spool. that put enough tension on it to sew beautifully. good luck.

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    I sure do love my 403. The big spools don't agree with her much. I put them on something else and I'm good to go. Some times I put the big spool on the bottom spindle and run the thread up over the other two - seems to work.

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    When I use a thread stand with one of my vintage machines, I put an ordinary size spool of thread onto the spool pin, on top of a felt ring.

    I thread the machine from the thread stand to underneath the weighted-down felt ring to the next threading point for that machine.

    You can buy replacement spool pins for some models which have threading holes drilled in the top - I like those, too.

    You can also tape a large eye darning needle to the spool pin.

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