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Tension issues with topstitching thread
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Date: 10/11/13 2:50 PM

I'm trying to topstitch with Gutermann mara 30 thread on my Singer featherweight.The stitches on the bottom side of the fabric are not forming right even when I go all the way up to 9 on the tension dial.The top thread loops are visible between stitches. The stitches on the top side are beautiful.I can hardly pull my thread out through the machine as the tension is really tight.Yet,my stitches are indicating that the top tension is loose.Please tell me what I'm doing wrong.

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Date: 10/11/13 3:14 PM

If the top tension is tight, and still showing top thread on the bottom, then the bobbin tension is too tight.

Adjust the bobbincase tension screw. Do a small turn at a time and do bobbin drop test between turns.



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Date: 10/11/13 3:48 PM

Thanks Lynn.I'll try doing that.Can you please tell me what an ideal tension dial setting should be for a topstitching thread?When I stith with regular all purpose thread,the stitches are beautiful It's just the thick thread I'm having trouble with.I also want to mention that I removed the tension unit and assembled it again with the help of Dave McCallum's DVD.I did not remove the stud part.Just the parts that slide on it.I also don't know which number I should set the dial pin into.Does that setting make any difference?

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Date: 10/11/13 9:39 PM

I don't think that Mara 30 thread is going to be the machines best friend ever.

I don't think there is any ideal top tension setting on that machine for thick strong polyester thread that needs a huge big 110-130/18-21 size needle at all. Just since as you have seen, even cranked up all the way is still not strong enough to pull that thread where you want it. Size 18 is the largest needle that would even fit in there.

I also don't think the top tension device is even strong enough to pull up thick strong polyester thread like that much at all. I think it was made for and they thought you would be using cotton dress/garment weight thread in there, instead. So, your top tension device was probably just fine. It's just not really made to work good on that really thick, strong polyester thread.

If you want to try to top stitch that way with that thread on something, I think you would have way better luck, just putting matching color normal size garment sewing thread in the top of the machine, and use a normal size 11 or 12 or 14 size kind of needle, and just have that thicker thread only on the bottom bobbin. And then maybe just sew the item upside down instead, so the bobbin thread shows on the top of the garment. You could always try that.


I think you can probably get a little bit thicker of thread working O.K. from the bobbin, than you can get on the top thread path.

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Date: 10/12/13 6:55 AM

Yep, those would be my choices too.
Look at the underside and see how that looks.
If presentable, I would put 50 wt in the top and see if the top side stitching looks OK. If so, I would be tempted to sew it upside down.

If it didn't look any better, I would start loosening the bobbin with the same 30 wt in both to see if I could get a better look on the top side. Then try the 50 wt on the top if still no luck.

Its your call, but I often don't want to spend the time resetting the bobbin back to regular thread so that's why I would try the other method first.

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Date: 10/12/13 2:30 PM

Thanks LynnRowe,Beauturbo and SandiMacD.I decided to use Coats dual heavy thread (Tex 70) instead of the mara 30 and the stitches are almost perfect.I did have to loosen the bobbin tension screw a tiny bit.I tried the Gutermann again and the problem still persists.I'm happy with the coats thread for now.Thanks again for all your help

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