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Re: Sewing machine tension help

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:41 am
by Minty
It looks like you're not alone with tension problems with that model. I'm wondering if you should skip past the dealers and contact Bernina directly?

I was wondering about needle too - looks too thick for the fabric in the Bernina versus Brother sample.

Have you checked out conversations and information pages like these? Lots of good ideas here:

http://www.thequiltshow.com/bb3/viewtopic.php?t=4851

http://www.ehow.com/list_7451481_proble ... a-830.html

http://reapasyousew.blogspot.co.nz/2010 ... nsion.html

http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingD ... opic/66765

http://www.berninapfaff.com/helpfiles/o ... a_830.html

http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1/my ... 414-6.html

Re: Sewing machine tension help

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:09 am
by Claire
I was wondering about needle too - looks too thick for the fabric in the Bernina versus Brother sample.
That's my first thought when looking at the sample too. Is it an 80 or a 90?

Re: Sewing machine tension help

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:45 am
by grizle
Claire wrote:
I was wondering about needle too - looks too thick for the fabric in the Bernina versus Brother sample.
That's my first thought when looking at the sample too. Is it an 80 or a 90?
The needle is same in both machines but is a 90 so prob too big for the cotton I'm sewing. But I used same cotton, fabric and needle size in both machines to see difference.

I have left machine at 2 lugs(clicks in my terms) to the right. I'm not sure I'm meant to move it much further, according to book it say to shift 1-2 lugs. I have just sewn some polar fleece mittens, I used same colour top and bottom but i don't seem to notice the little dots. Maybe it just doesn't like cotton fabrics :lol: . Thinking I'm going to have to follow the dealers advice and just see how it goes, see what fabrics I have issues with and seek help once I know what causes it to be worse.

Oh did find a tension test thing online last night, one where you can pull threads or something and the thread should/shouldn't break certain ways to tell if thread interlocking to form a decent quality seam. So have to try this out too.

Re: Sewing machine tension help

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:49 pm
by grizle
Have been reading through link to the quilting board, maybe i shouldn't have read it because now I'm wondering when my machine is going to start giving error messages and pack a wobbly 8-[

Re: Sewing machine tension help

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:05 pm
by La Crew
saw this in Pinterest and thought of you. I'm not a sewer so I have no idea if this is something commonly known or not
http://www.coolcottons.biz/blog/2011/8/ ... -know.html

Re: Sewing machine tension help

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:26 pm
by angel86
grizle wrote: Oh did find a tension test thing online last night, one where you can pull threads or something and the thread should/shouldn't break certain ways to tell if thread interlocking to form a decent quality seam. So have to try this out too.
Is that the one where you sew on the diagonal and then if the top and bottom threads both break then the tension is even etc?...I have been trying that in an effort to get the tension on my new machine perfect. I got them both to break (after a while of it just being one or the other)...however they didn't break in the same place. How did you get on?