This tension is making me sew angry!
September 4, 2011 6:01 PM Subscribe
New sewing machine rawr! I am trying to take in my pants, but I can't get the correct tension no matter what I do!
posted by two lights above the sea to Home & Garden (20 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
This sewing machine is new as of today. It's a Brother XL-2600i
. I've followed the instructions on how to top and bottom thread the machine and redid them both several times. I checked to make sure that my needle size was correct for the material I was sewing and for the thread. However, no matter how I try to fine tune the tension or stitch length, the bottom of the stitch is always a mess.
Top of stitch
Bottom of stitch
I did a bunch of other test strips and adjusted the tension, but it didn't seem to matter how high or low I went, it looked the same.
Advanced sewers and seamstresses, do you have any ideas? The fabric is a heavy blend of 98% cotton and 2% spandex. The thread is size 50 mercerized polyester. The needle is 90/14. Any advice, even stupid stuff, would be appreciated. I had a sewing machine years ago and was great at using it. I'm feeling discouraged with this!