Now you can put an end to the heartache and despair of sewing problems. This is how to improve your stitch quality for sewing. Use this simple sewing test and sew with confidence.
My machine just will not work. Why? What did I do? I hate sewing!
The frustration is very real. Most users are not expert technicians. What they want to do is sit down to their sewing machine and sew. The last thing on their mind is fixing, adjusting, or monkeying with a machine.
When you are use to sewing day in and day out, you learn to take the necessary steps to keep everything operating properly. However, if you only sew occasionally, you may not even be aware of basic steps to identify causes of malfunction. In either situation, it is important to be able to diagnose and solve the most common problems.
Problems have causes, and the mission of the user is to figure out those causes and find answers to those difficulties.
Stitch quality is the number one issue that faces the user. There are many elements involved in good quality stitches as well as potential problems affecting stitch quality. Usually, minor adjustments can make a world of difference. It is important to know what adjustments to make.
To understand sewing problems, requires appropriate inspection of a simple sewing test using medium straight stitch and zig zag stitches. A seam of only four to five inches will reveal what the sewing machine is doing.
The sewer proceeds from a knowledge of good quality stitching and evaluation of the stitch formation and threads as they form those stitches.
What irregularities can be expected? You may see stitches with thread loops, wobbles, or balls. You may see missing stitches and other distortions. In extreme cases, stitches may fail to form altogether.
When you see messed up stitches, begin your search for causes. Check three things: threading issues, needle, and hook-needle settings.
The number one source of problems causing bad stitches is the needle. That small, inexpensive, and yet crucial part of your sewing machine can distort and disrupt proper stitch formation due to improper selection, dull point, or burrs.
Needles need to be replaced with new needles that are properly matched for fabric and thread every five hours or so of sewing. Sharp needles are recommended for woven fabrics. Ball point needles are recommended for knit and stretchy fabrics.
Rethread using good quality thread. Avoid cotton covered polyester threads. Avoid snags and smooth rough spots. Follow the thread guides. Seat the tension discs. Make sure to connect with the take up lever and tension spring.
When the tensions are unbalanced; excess threads will collect under the fabric or on top of the fabric. While feed timing may, distort tensions causing threads to collect under the fabric due to faulty feeding. This, however, is much less common than the more frequent offset by either the upper or lower tension assemblies. The solution is to adjust the upper tension. If excess appears under the fabric, increase the tension. If excess threads appear on top of the fabric, decrease the upper tension.
If all else fails, trust your sewing machine to the pros. They can quickly repair hook-needle adjustments to restore quality stitches.
From the sewing test, the user can identify and resolve most stitch quality problems. It is important not to become frustrated or upset. Instead, relax and process this simple test and double check the three major causes of faulty stitch quality.