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Date: 7/9/14 5:41 PM

Hi guys

I recently got a Babylock Tempo and have been at my wits end trying to figure out shirring with the machine. Basically, the fabric gathers as I sew a straight line, but the moment I stretch the gathers out, I feel resistance and can feel the regular thread (not the elastic thread) snapping. Then, the elastic thread comes loose and the whole line is ruined (some threads are loose, some are tight and the elastic won't stretch there).

Things I've tried:

1. Bought spare bobbin case and tightened its tension (little green screw)
2. Wound elastic around the bobbin by hand without stretching/pulling
3. Lengthen stitches to 5.0
4. Messed with machine tension - from 4 (normal) to 3 and 5 (neither worked)
5. Backstitch at front and start of work

I'm just about ready to buy a cheapo Singer like I used for shirring previously (I recently moved and left the Singer behind).

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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Date: 7/9/14 7:56 PM

For one thing, use Guttermann elastic thread instead of Dritz. I had problems until I switched brands.

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Date: 7/10/14 2:21 AM

thanks marti! i tried that today and still no dice. :(

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Date: 7/10/14 8:04 AM

I've been in several classes with Babylock owners. All had problems doing shirting with elastic thread in the bobbin. I don't think it was ever resolved. These were very experienced sewists

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Date: 7/10/14 9:31 AM

oh dearlooks like i'll have to acquire a second machine...that's not all that bad i guess :D

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Date: 7/10/14 9:36 AM

I have a drop-in Janome, and I could get OK results if I wound the bobbin under tension. But it wasn't beautiful by any means.

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Date: 7/10/14 11:03 AM

i just tried holding the thread in my hand with a bit of resistance/tension and letting the machine wind the bobbin for me. the shirring/gathers got tighter but they also snapped more easily.

i am now eyeing an older used janome going on craigslist...hopefully it has a front loading, not drop in bobbin setup.

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Date: 7/10/14 12:41 PM

well, i caved and got a refurbished singer from overstock for just under $70. fingers crossed my shirring troubles end here!

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Date: 7/10/14 10:17 PM

Anxious to hear about it. My top loading Viking Sapphire works well..

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Date: 7/15/14 2:45 PM

OMG i feel like crying!

the singer arrived today and i set it up right away and did some practice sewing. works fabulously with regular thread.

i also switched to elastic thread in the bobbin and tested it on a small square of scrap fabric. worked GREAT. elastic stayed secure, fabric was gathered and stretchy.

then, i shirred one line on my dress fabric and...

the elastic thread came loose again!

i can't believe this is happening! i really don't know what is going on, maybe it's my fabric? am i just not able to shirr such a long line? is there anything i can do to sort of break up the long line of shirring without the dress looking wonky? aaah! :(

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