How To Adjust The Tension On Your Sewing Machine-For Beginners!

January 11, 2018
How To Adjust The Tension On Your Sewing Machine
woman adjusting the tension knob of sewing machine

Thanks for stopping by our site. Today we are going to give you a quick tutorial on how to adjust the tension on your sewing machine. Adjusting your thread tension is very, very important because you want all of your stitches to be even. Also, adjusting your thread tension is important because you want the stitches on the top to be the same as on the bottom. So let's begin.

  • First, most machines have a tension adjuster dial on the machine itself. The higher the number on the dial, the tighter the thread. The lower the number on the dial, the looser the thread. The thread tension is going to change depending on what you are sewing, the thickness of the fabric, and what kind of thread you are using.
  • Now, we have to check and make sure that the thread tension is the problem. Here are a couple of things to check before adjusting the thread tension.
  1. Check the sewing machine needle and make sure that it is not bent or have something on the tip of it.
  2. Check to make sure that the needle is the appropriate needle for the fabric.
  3. Check to make sure that the sewing machine is threaded properly.
  4. Check to make sure that the bobbin has the same weight of thread as on the top spool.
  5. Check to make sure that the metal bobbin is not damaged.
  •  After you have checked for the issues above, it is safe to say that your thread tension needs to be adjusted.
  • Move the dial-up or down one or two numbers and try sewing on a spare piece of fabric. If you run your fingers along the top and bottom of the stitch and it feels smooth, you have the correct tension number. Also, make sure that there are no loops on the stitch.

Adjusting the tension on your sewing machine takes practice. As you get better at sewing, you will be able to just eyeball the stitch and decide if the tension needs adjusting.

Here is a really nice video on how to adjust the thread tension on your sewing machine.

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