Your embroidery machine can do a lot of sewing
When it comes to machine embroidery, you can get quite frustrated when your machine starts producing ugly stitches. Ugly seams can take many forms, but one of the most common is when the bottom line begins to show through the topstitching.
You should never see the bottom line in your finished embroidery design. In fact, you might even want to look at some of the threads behind the project.
Bobbin threads appearing at the top is actually a fairly common problem. Luckily, you can fix it easily.
My sister had this problem a while back. However, instead of solving the problem, she changed the bottom thread to match the top of everything she was embroidering. Seems like a bad solution to me.
HOW SHOULD EMBROIDERY BOBBIN THREAD WORK?
If you’re new to machine embroidery and you’re having this issue right from the start, you might be wondering how embroidery bobbin thread should work.
The tension between the upper and lower thread should be adjusted so that some of your upper thread is pulled to the back of your seam. Your tension on your embroidery machine should be set this way when you first take your embroidery machine out of the box.
WHAT SHOULD THE BACK OF YOUR EMBROIDERY LOOK LOOK LIKE?
Imagine that you are sewing the letter I in satin stitch. The perfect balance of thread in the back would be about 1/3 top thread, 1/3 bobbin thread in the middle of the I, and 1/3 top thread. Believe it or not, you should even see very little bobbin thread on the back of your embroidery!
But what to do when this is not the case? Especially when you only have 19 MORE MINUTES TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT! ??
Do you use bobbin thread for embroidery?
Embroidery bobbin thread is much thinner than normal embroidery thread. It’s this weight imbalance that helps pull the top line to the back of the design, preventing the bottom line from showing through.
You might consider using pre-wound coils. Pre-wound coils tend to be wound more precisely than coils that we wind ourselves. You can achieve more consistent tension by using preroll.
do you use base weight
There are two types of machine embroidery thread: 60wt and 90wt, and different machines require different weights. Consult your manual for the correct weight to use.
Are you using a suitable bobbin for your bobbin case?
Some bobbins look like other bobbins, which might lead you to think that a mismatched bobbin will work in your embroidery machine.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case and it can cause you tension problems.
Consult your manual if you are unsure of the type of spool your machine needs. Is the bobbin routed correctly in the bobbin case
Your thread is blocked? Sometimes the embroidery floss hangs over itself. Since I started putting the wire on the grid and placing it a little further from the machine, this rarely happens. Put your wires a little further. Your embroidery machine “loses” the auxiliary thread a bit before it reaches your machine Are your machine’s threads correct?
Do you use a jumbo spool on your machine?
The jumbo embroidery spool is great and lasts a long time. The problem is that if you try to use them on the metal stand of the machine, you risk messing up your tension.
The reason you shouldn’t use a large spool of embroidery floss on your machine’s floss holder is that it takes a lot of force to pull the spool off the spool and unwind it.
If you want to use large embroidery spools on your single-needle home embroidery machine, simply place them on the spool holder
Remove the jar and sweep the jar area with the makeup brush.
I often want to blow on my bobbin area to try and clean it, but that’s not a good idea because your blowing will bring moisture into your bobbin area which can cause it to rust.
Is there debris stuck in the nooks and crannies of your bobbin case?
Try cleaning it up by slipping a business card between the layers of metal. It’s easy for a little string to get caught in it and wreak havoc on your seams.
Did you thread the bobbin case eyelet?
Doing this extra step when embroidering will increase bobbin tension and help pull the embroidery thread to the back of the design.
Is your bobbin tension too loose?
You can adjust your bobbin tension by loosening or tightening the small screw on the top of the bobbin case. Make very small adjustments with a small screwdriver and test it after each one. 1/8 turn of that little screw can make a big difference.
In general, if you see bobbin thread in your topstitching, the bobbin tension is too loose.
Are you using an old, worn or damaged needle?
I find that a bent or damaged needle is sometimes hard to spot. But changing a needle can make a huge difference
How do I adjust the bobbin tension on my embroidery machine?
Place the bobbin in the bobbin case and tighten the screw on the top of the case until it is snug. Then, holding the end of the thread, pull the bobbin case until there is a little tension on the thread.
The tension should be tight enough that you can feel some resistance when trying to pull the thread, but not so tight that it feels like the thread might break.
How often should I change my needle when machine embroidering?
It is generally recommended that you change your needle every 8 hours of sewing or every 5,000 stitches
What causes loops over machine embroidery?
Loops are often caused by too loose tension or incorrect threading of the embroidery machine. Rethreading the machine and adjusting the tension may solve the problem.
Why do I have bird’s nests under my embroidery?
There are a number of issues that can lead to bird nesting in machine embroidery.