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brissew

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Date: 8/29/08 7:24 AM

I really have a problem with my embroidery machine, i have been using the white bobbin thread in the bobbin as my dealer told me and then i find that the white thread is coming through on the top of the pattern. so i have half colour half white on the embroidery. i am a real beginner with this embrodery machine although i have been a sewer for years.
could someone please tell me how i can fix this issue.

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Date: 8/29/08 7:35 AM

I have had that problem with my Babylock Ellegante. What brand of bobbin thread are you using? My problem occurred with Madiera bobbin thread although I did not have that problem with my old embroidery machine, a Bernina Artista 200. I now use Finishing Touch embroidery thread for the Babylock and it works fine. I think you can adjust the tension, but I didn't want to keep doing that. All I can suggest is to try a different brand of bobbin thread and maybe it will work better.
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Date: 8/29/08 7:48 AM

oh Thank you, i am using maderia thread,
I will try something else, i have the embroidery module that attaches to my new Bernina.
I am happy with the machine but still having such trouble mastering the embroidery.

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Date: 8/29/08 8:13 AM

I had that problem with my Janome and figured out I had the bobbin in backwards. Just a thought.

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Date: 8/29/08 10:42 AM

The only time I have that problem is when the bobbin isn't seated properly. Your thread has to be hooked in that slide on the bobbin case. I don't know the right terminology - perhaps someone else does.

In any case, when that happens I check my bobbin.

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Date: 8/29/08 11:09 AM

Have you checked the tension settings? On a Bernina the bobbin tension is snugged up by threading the finger on the bobbin case. I don't know how other machines do this but check your sewing machine manual. The upper thread needs to be loosened just a bit. This alteration in thread balance causes the the upper thread to be pulled down to the underside of the fabric resulting in no bobbin thread showing on the decorative side.

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Date: 8/29/08 11:16 AM

Hi Brissew,
Did you thread the white bobbin thread through the bobbin finger? If that's set, you might also check your top thread tension... I don't remember what that's set to for embroidery, but the manual should say.

HTH,
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Date: 8/29/08 9:34 PM

Thank you all for your invaluable help. Much appreciated.

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Date: 8/29/08 10:33 PM

I would agree that once you put the bobbin thread through the "pigtail" on the bobbin case, which puts the right amount of tension on the bobbin thread, and you loosen the upper tension one "notch" on the dial (I have a Bernina 440) then your embroidery should be fine. I also always use a very lightweight lingerie type white thread in my bobbin when doing embroidery and have never had it come to the top.

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Date: 9/15/08 0:33 AM

Wow! I just came from a thread seminar and learned a lot about thread in general. For embroidery it is nicer to use a finer thread, a bobbin thread or lingerie thread. I have a 730 and it uses a different bobbin case which is set a little firmer on tension as well as having a "pig tail" which you wind the bobbin thread through. My top tension is automatically set at "2" when I put my machine in embroidery mode. The manual says you can change this setting if thread is pulled to the top. The thread class states that sometimes one must put the top thread tension to "0" if you are having problems. First though, make sure the tension discs are engaging the thread from the top. Oft times I find my trouble is with the driver of the pedal not threading properly or inserting the bobbin correctly. Check those duh items first then play with the tension. On the tension of the upper thread, you can reset that easily. On the bobbin use a sharpie marker and mark a dot to where the screw head is before you mess with it. That way you can reset the screw to the previous place easily. Bobbin holders do shake out of tension over time and the sm mechanic does make this adjustment. A small bit of a turn is all you need. If you go a quarter turn, that is considered a large adjustment, so little bits at a time. I hope you can figure out how to make this work for you.

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