Why is my sewing machine so tight?
If the bobbin case falls several inches, the bobbin tension is too loose. If the bobbin doesn’t fall at all, the bobbin tension is too tight. There is a small screw on the side of the bobbin. Using the screwdriver in your machine tool kit, turn the screw a quarter-turn right to tighten, left to loosen.
What holds the spool of thread on a sewing machine?
Bobbin – The spool that sits in the lower part of the machine. It holds the thread that makes the underside of a stitch.
What thread tension should I use for cotton?
Cotton requires a moderate tension setting, usually between three and four.
Why is the back of my sewing messy?
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.
How often should you clean and lubricate the sewing machine?
The rule of thumb is to lubricate the machine after every three to four bobbin changes. Or clean and lubricate the hook area after each day of sewing.