Did you know that not having a good looking stitch is one of the major
reasons people give up sewing? When you look at the stitches of a retail
garment, you will see that they are perfectly straight. When the tension on
our home sewing machines isn't set correctly, the stitches can be crooked
and full of bumps.
The perfect tension wraps the needle thread and the bobbin thread together
in the center of your seam. If the needle thread is too tight, it will pull
up the bottom thread, making unsightly bumps in the stitches. If the bobbin
thread is too tight, the bumps will be on the back. Loose tension results in
loops and other tangles in the stitching line.
If can be difficult to get your tension correct. There is a tension knob on
the sewing machine for the needle tension, and the bobbin tension is
adjusted by turning a screw on the bobbin casing. Most people don't like to
mess with the bobbin tension. It is more difficult to adjust because there
are no numbers on it.
When it comes to tension, not all sewing machines are alike. Some sewing
machines sew beautiful stitches right out of the box. With other machines it
is hard to get the tension right, no matter how hard you try.
I have a sewing machine that sews a beautiful stitch. I love that machine.
Unfortunately, something happened to mess up my tension. I'm not pointing
any fingers, but it did seem to happen right after 9 pairs of little feet
had been running around upstairs near my sewing room, which, now, I might
add, has double locks on it!
As hard as I tried, I could not get my perfect tension back. I spent hours
adjusting the bobbin and the thread knob, and I just couldn't make that
beautiful stitch. Finally I decided I would have to have my machine serviced
and hope the technician could return it to its former state of perfection.
That thought went out the door, instead of my sewing machine, when after
several calls it seemed no one would service it for under $180.
My husband saw how distraught I was, and he got on the phone and started
making some calls. However, when he called he told the service people that his wife
couldn't get her tension adjusted properly, and asked if they provided this
limited service and how much it would cost.
After several unsuccessful tries, he called one major sewing store, and they
said that we could bring it in to the technician for servicing, but if we brought it into the retail store, the ladies
working there would fix it for free.
Well, you can bet we got right in the car and went there. We were not alone.
Several people were there with their machines getting their tension fixed, and
another couple came in right behind us.
It took two separate ladies working on my machine, but when I left that shop
my tension was fixed and it was free. That was a good day! Once again, a
little work saved a lot of money.
If your tension is giving your problems, call around and see if you can find
a shop that offers this service. There is nothing like a good stitch!