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Balancing Top and Bottom Tension

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Balancing tension for even stitches

Q. I use Superior Threads almost exclusively so I have a question for you. I have a new sewing machine and am having trouble with tensions. Do you believe it possible to have a stitch balanced so that one does not see a dot of bobbin thread on top? Is it possible? I am having most trouble with the So Fine! #30. I love them but always see quite a lot of bobbin thread.

A. Yes, it should be possible. If you are seeing the bobbin thread on the top, the top tension is too tight and therefore it is pulling up the bobbin thread. Newer machines seem to be factory set with rather tight top tension. Override the preset or automatic tension setting and reduce the top tension to about a 2.0 or 2.5 range and that should make a difference.

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