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    Missouri Star

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    Default Featherweight question

    I was playing around with my featherweight today and I noticed that the tension seems to be odd. At least I think it is, sometimes I get these things wrong.

    The white thread is the top thread, black is in the bobbin. You can see the bobbin thread is showing on the top. Is this a normal thing with the Featherweight? I'm going to be honest here, on my computerized machine I never noticed what it looked like. I just let the machine do the doing.

    The second issue is when I backstitch the black bobbin thread makes a bit of a mess on the top as well.

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    So far I've made sure the bobbin and the top thread are threaded correctly. I wound a new bobbin to see if the original one was wound too loosely. I checked to see if there are any stray threads or bits of lint hanging about. I've played with the tension, top and bottom, and it didn't seem to make a difference.

    I am all out of ideas, except for trying to put my thread on a cone stand. I have a huge beast of a stand and small thread spools don't work as well. I did order one though, just to see if that makes a difference.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Clean out between your upper tension discs. It's easy to do just by running some dental floss back and forth between them. You would be surprised how much gunk builds up in there.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    When you backstitch, make sure you are using the lever to set the machine to reverse, and let the machine do it. DO NOT turn the handwheel backwards. It will result in a thread nest. Every stinkin time. Many machines will let you reverse the handwheel, but not this one.
    Your top tension is too tight, and it's drawing up the bobbin thread to the top surface. Clean it as stated above, then loosen it a bit. Keep sewing test stitches until it's right.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Your top tension is too tight, and it's drawing up the bobbin thread to the top surface. Clean it as stated above, then loosen it a bit. Keep sewing test stitches until it's right. What pretty curious said. Also if the thread weight is different on top from the bobbin it can throw off your stitches.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Tension discs clean as a whistle so that wasn't it - I just checked. I've been playing with tension because that's what I thought it was. I'll check thread weights next.

    I don't use the handwheel backwards so yay me! I did let the machine do it's thing when backstitching. The result is in the picture. I'm assuming that I'm having the backstitch problem because of the tension issues.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    I watched a video recently that said we always wanted to blame tension.said think that! Thread needle then tension.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Have you tried a different or new needle?
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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    This might be a dumb answer but I don't think you would have a noticeable problem if you use the same color thread in the machine and the bobbin. Because to me your stitches look okay and your fabric is not all puckered or anything.

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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Quote Originally Posted by jjkaiser View Post
    This might be a dumb answer but I don't think you would have a noticeable problem if you use the same color thread in the machine and the bobbin. Because to me your stitches look okay and your fabric is not all puckered or anything.
    I agree with you going on the pic. Also the needle hole can add to the impression of bad tension when you've got two different colour threads.
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    Default Re: Featherweight question

    Run your finger over the stitch and see if you can feel the bobbin thread bumps over the top thread. If so, then adjust tension. If not, then you are using a big needle. Drop to a smaller needle and the hole will be smaller.

    Check the bobbin case and clean it. Is that hook in the right place? It might be the cause, but I doubt it. I think a free wheeling bobbin case makes different mess than what you describe.

    When you were playing with the top tension, did you notice any difference when you changed it?

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