Skip to main content

How to understand changing the tension on your embroidery and sewing machine, straight to the point

Does the tension confuse you? Are articles too confusing and have too many words? Now you can understand the tension and it's straight to the point!

Before changing the tension, remember what the default tension was. That way if the tension gets all screwed up you can just go back to the default.

Please note that changing the tension should always be your last step.

If you're having the following problems, follow the link and go through the steps before changing the tension.

Here are the steps that I recommend taking before changing the tension: 

- Clean the race (find out how here)
- Rethread the upper thread
- Make sure the bobbin is not upside down
- Rethread the bobbin
- Make sure the needle is placed in the machine correctly
- Make sure the presser foot is on correctly
- Make sure you are using the correct stitch (explained below)
- Rethread the needle
- Replace the needle
- Replace the bobbin 
- Replace the upper thread

Understanding tension:

     - If the upper tension is too tight, the bobbin thread with be showing on top. Lower the tension to loosen it. 

     - If the upper tension is too loose, most of the upper thread will be showing on the bottom. Raise the tension to tighten it. 

I hope this article has answered all your questions! Leave a like and a comment and let me know what you think!


Popular posts from this blog

10 Things You Need To Start Machine Embroidery Today

How to start machine embroidery! Here’s everything that you need to get started with machine embroidery! Without spending too much! Are you interested in sewing? Here's an article for 10 things you'll need to start sewing! 1. You are going to need an embroidery machine . You can use any embroidery machine you want. Here are a couple examples: The Brother se600. This machine can do both sewing and embroidery, and is the best budget embroidery machine! I highly suggest this machine. The brother pe550D! This is an embroidery only machine, with awesome Disney embroidery designs! The brother se1900. I recommend the Brother brand for sewing and embroidery machines. 2. You are going to need somewhere to get your embroidery designs from! You can find some in my Etsy shop here ! I also suggest Creative Fabrica ! This site also has tons of embroidery designs ! For now, you can even just use the designs built into your machine! Read how to transfer the designs

Why Bobbin Thread Is Showing On The Top Of Your Embroidery Design

Almost all of us have been there! Having bobbin thread show through on the top of your embroidery project is so annoying, especially when you don't know why!  Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself and how to fix them so you can prevent your bobbin thread from showing on top! Have you cleaned the race? The other day, my bobbin thread was showing on top! And I went through all of the questions from this article and fixed them, but nothing would work!  Before I adjusted my tension (I always suggest to do whatever you can to fix the problem before adjusting tension) I tried this neat trick (I just added this to the other article), and surprisingly enough, it worked! Here’s what you do: Take a business card and use it to get the lint out from where the bobbin thread goes. You don’t want to use anything that with scratch your bobbin case.  Here’s a picture to show you how: Is your bobbin upside down? Make sure that you haven’t put your bobbin in upsi

How To Transfer Embroidery Designs To USB Stick To Embroidery Machine

Ever bought a machine embroidery design from somewhere like Etsy  or Creative Fabrica and not known how to transfer that to your embroidery machine? Or have you just purchased a design and don't know how to now transfer that design to your embroidery machine? Either way, here's how! After you have purchased an embroidery design, you will most likely get a zip file. First, you want to unzip the file. On a Chromebook you will double-tap the file On windows, you will want to right-click the file and select the option unzip  And on a Mac, you will right-click on the file and click into services, from there you will want to click unzip Yay! Now you have successfully unzipped the file! After that, you will want to drag the format that your machine uses (for example Brother is PES) to where the USB is in files.  Or you can click the format, click CTRL+C and click into the USB in files, and click CTRL+V. If you’re not sure which file format you need, no worries! You