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Date: 7/29/12 3:10 PM

Anyone have any topstitching tips that could help me out? My topstitching thread is very thick--in fact, so thick that I'm having trouble threading the needle, and it also is doing something ... wrong ... with the tension. The thread feels very tight when I thread it through the top of my machine and there's no play in it at all. Do I need to adjust the tension tighter? I thought that was for a thicker fabric, and I'm sewing on a medium-weight linen, so the fabric is not terribly thick.

Do I need to just give up and get a lighter topstitching thread?

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Date: 7/29/12 3:27 PM

You could us a top stitching needle and longer stitches.

Possibly the thread is caught on something -- maybe on the notch in the spool.

Or loosen the tension.
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Date: 7/29/12 3:44 PM

If its too tight before you thread it through the tension disc, there's probably something catching. Check the spool itself. Sometimes the sticker on the spool sticks to the holder. Sometimes the spool is too big for the holder. Lots of unexpected stuff goes wrong here.

If its tight after the tension disc you need to loosen the tension. Also you may want to floss the disc with a stable piece of fabric in case there's junk in there.

If those are fine, it's on to the needle. You may need a larger needle so the thread goes through smoothly.

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Date: 7/29/12 3:53 PM

It sounds like you need to loosen the tension not make it tighter. I agree with everyone else; you could have something stuck in the tension disk. You do need a topstitching needle as it has a bigger eye for the heavier thread. Home sewing machines though have a limit as to the size of thread they can handle. Your manual should have that information in it. I think I read on here that some people use two regular threads for topstitching. You would thread both into the same needle. I have not tried that so am not sure how that would work.

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Date: 7/29/12 4:55 PM

Maybe it's not even sewing machine kind of top stitching thread at all? If instead it says something like for carpet and buttons, or glaced quilting thread, maybe it has the wrong properties to it for machine sewing, the twist going the wrong way, and would not sew good in any sewing machine no matter what you did?

The reason I mention this, is if you go into some big box store like Joann's or Hancocks fabrics, and with lots of traffic going though it, the way all the thread racks are there most times, is they actually do have the thread like that (made for special hand sewing kind of things) in the same thread racks as all the real made for sewing machine kind of threads instead. If in a hurry, it's not to hard to grab the wrong thing, particular if the last person that was in front of that thread rack, got the threads on that rack sort of out of order or all mixed up there, and you were more in a hurry and just grabbing thread by color or such and did not even notice that at all. I think that kind of thing, really does happen to people often.

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Date: 7/29/12 7:43 PM

Try a lighter weight thread, or use two strands of regular thread threaded through a topstitching needle.

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Date: 7/30/12 11:02 AM

Thanks to all for the responses--I think it's the thread. I bought it from Joann online, and now that I look back at my order, it says it's a "heavy duty" topstitching thread. My machine is sewing fine with regular thread. I really like the idea of double-stitching with regular thread, thanks!

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