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I'm trying to sew, you guys, and I'm getting pissed mad! Can you help?

Asked by Dutchess_III (46738points) November 25th, 2010

My needle suddenly decided to start spitting the thread out. It was doing fine, until now, so I guess I need to adjust the tension. What’s a good average tension for sewing average stuff (like Velcro onto curtains. Average stuff like that….) Right now it’s set on 2.

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iamthemob's avatar

What type of machine are you using…and what type of dial do you have?

My boyfriend says that you should check (just in case you haven’t) that your bobbin is properly wound and inserted.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@iamthemob I have a very strong feeling that your boyfriend is right. It got all tangled up in the bobbin area. I cleaned it out, unloaded the bobbin and rewound new thread on it…and that’s when it started spitting the thread. I just don’t want to deal with it! But I have to. It’s an old machine that I picked up at a garage sale…..

crisw's avatar

It really depends on your machine. And Velcro is thick, so it needs less tension.

2–3 is about right on my Janome, but your machine may well be different.

iamthemob's avatar

My boyfriend has a brother VX-1435 that he sets at 4 as the standard. So indeed, the machine is key.

rooeytoo's avatar

I always have trouble sewing velcro. Once I stupidly tried to sew some with adhesive on the back, that was a total disaster. Your doesn’t have adhesive on it, does it…..................

Dutchess_III's avatar

@rooeytoo stay tuned

SUCESS!!!! And I owe it all to your boyfriend @iamthemob! Yeah! I confronted my machine and said, “If you don’t straighten up and fly right I’m gonna have @iamthemob‘s boyfriend come down and open up a 50 gallon can off whoop butt on ya! You want that?? Huh???”
Then….I started thinking about paying for two round-trip plane tickets (I figured you’d want to come with him @iamthemob), not to mention the price of a hit on my sewing machine….which all made me stop and THINK! Well, Ok. Well, @rooeytoo….yes It has adhesive on it. I, too, have had disaster in the past trying to work with it, so this time I had the idea to keep the needle oiled up with Wesson oil. I experimented…and it worked like a charm. I got about half way through the project, oiling the needle at every corner (I was sewing rectangles, dur her!....) and it was working so well, and I was just flying along and then….well, everything went to hell in a hand basket. That’s when I went through 1½ hours of frustration. Until the machine operator (that would be Val, by the way. Not me, Dutchess. That dumbass actually doing the sewing is named Val) realized that she’d quit greasing the needle. After that, i she was done in 10 minutes.

Thank you guys!!! And yes, @rooeytoo it really works. You just have to stay on top of it…

rooeytoo's avatar

I never would have thought of that! I’ll keep it in mind for future reference! Sounds messy though.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@rooeytoo Not so bad, actually (especially, I think, if you’re using clear plastic thread, like what they say to use when making redneck throw pillows that look like catfish….you can’t tell if it’s you or the thread! Don’t ask about the redneck throw pillow that looked like a catfish! Please!) Just keep a dry wash cloth handy to wipe your finger. I was thinking, “Next time” maybe pre-‘paint’ the oil on the back of the Velcro?” IDK. But hey. It worked. Which is a major breakthrough for us fool sewers of self-adhesive Velcro!

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