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Date: 10/14/13 9:43 PM

I ran out of black thread for project and used white as the spool thread and the continued to use the black thread bobbin. I had an accident with fleece getting chewed up into machine. After I cleared it up and starting witg new thread I noticed that the top side threading is black and whitw but the thread on the bottom side is all black. Is that right or is my machine messing up? I have to top stitch and I want to make sure I'm not messed up or if that's how it shoukd come out

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Date: 10/14/13 10:23 PM

SOunds like your tension needs checking - your stitching should be nice and formed on both sides so you shouldn't see much of the black on the top, but there is a problem with two such opposite colors - if you want to use white on top you need to use white or a very pale color in the bobbin!Best to get enough thread when you start. It is even a nice idea to keep extra thread of black and of white and of tan or beige and possibly navy blue - depends on the usual colors of your wardrobe so then you can have thread for repairs too. Here is a link to checking your tension:

Tension Tug-of-War and how to fix it

More about tension and other nifty topics:

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Date: 10/14/13 10:41 PM

Hi, I would re thread the machine both top and bottom and have another look at your stitch. Sometimes even though you think the machine is correctly threaded it may not be.

What does the stitch look like? Is the black on the topside really loopy? Or is the black from the bobbin look sort of like black dots between the white straight stitch on the topside? If so you could just turn the top tension down to a slightly lower number and see if that helps.

I'm guessing your fabric is black? Do you have another colour that you can use which is not so contrasting as black & white? If you have black fleece for example you could probably get away with a grey or navy in the bobbin and the matching black thread on the topside for topstitching. You could use the black bobbin thread on the top spool to topstitch with and wind another bobbin closer to black for underneath.

Ultimately I would go and get some more black thread if you are able.

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Date: 10/14/13 11:38 PM

If you can't get more black thread now, I would use the black in the top and use the white in the bobbin. I'm assuming your fabric is black?
When the tension is balanced, you should not see the bobbin thread on the outside and vice versa.

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Date: 10/15/13 12:40 PM

Re thread with the presser foot up, or just lift the presser foot and pull a few inches of thread through the tension.

When the top thread is being pulled to the bottom it is because there is little or no tension on the top thread. This happens when the machine is threaded with the presser foot down, which closes the tension controller and the thread then feeds loosey-goosey when you stitch.


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Date: 10/17/13 6:57 AM

After a bad jam (fleece chewed up into the machine) safely dispose of the old sewing machine needle and replace it with a new one.

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