Are you getting a bird’s nest of threads underneath your work?
Here are some tips to troubleshoot problems that may occurring when threading the bobbin:
- Firstly, have you got a nicely wound bobbin? If your thread looks messy or gives when you squeeze it on the bobbin, it is most likely that you haven’t wound it correctly. A well wound bobbin will have neat, even and firmly wrapped thread around it.
- Is your bobbin inserted correctly? Double check with your manual to ensure your thread is flowing clockwise or anti-clockwise as per your machine’s requirement.
- Is your bobbin thread pulled through it’s tension guide? You need to pull the bobbin thread through the notch/guide to ensure there is a small amount of tension on the thread.
- Did you snip of the thread tail? If you have a thread tail of a centremetre or more from the other end (not the end you are threading) your needle thread is going to try to pick-up both ends of the thread each time it rotates around the bobbin.
- Is the needle thread correctly threaded? One of the most common problems we see is that the thread is not on the silver up-take hook/guide.
- Don’t forget to lower the presser foot.
- You can also double check that you have not got your stitch length on zero.
- Lastly, try holding onto both of your threads for the first couple of stitches.
The right choice of fabric for leggings will make or break their success. So we put together this guide to looking for the right fabrics.
Fabrics fall generally in two categories: Knits and Wovens. In a nutshell your t shirts are made from knits and your button up shirts are made from wovens.
Woven fabric is produced through weaving two sets of yarn. Examples include button up shirts, trousers, jeans, denim jackets.
Knit fabric is produced by interloping (or knitting) one set of yarn. Examples include leggings, t shirts, sweaters, underwear.
Does it matter?
Selecting the interfacing you should use in your project can be a challenge and unfortunately, we find that the big box fabric stores don’t know their interfacings very well! The most common interfacing incorrectly recommended – is very firm heavy weight interfacings. So firm that they would suit bag making projects – not dresses and coats.
So here is some information to help you understand interfacing.