Sewing ribbon on a sewing machine to make a garter but the stitches are too loose, what am I doing wrong?
I am using a sewing machine. The material is a silky ribbon. The stitches are way too loose, but I have tried to adjust the tension. The thread snags a lot as well… is there something I should/should not be doing?
I’m not sewing with elastic, I am going to slip the elastic through the opening at the very end.
Betcha threaded with the presser foot up. Looks something like this (red thread in the bobbin, blue on top): http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/21916617
Simply take the top thread off the machine, raise the presser foot, and rethread. Raising the presser foot automagically opens the upper tension so the thread can get in it. If you’ve played with the tension, reset it to 4, which is normal tension for most fabrics, most stitches, but you may need to play with it a bit to get the absolute best stitching. If you’ve got to go outside the range of 3 to 5 for ordinary jobs like this, it usually means the machine is in need of good cleaning.
Don’t forget to hang on to the thread tails when you start a seam — prevents wads of thread on the underside at the start of a seam, or jams.
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