Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Tuesday's Top Tip - Preventing Snags on the Singer 15K
This is what I kept getting at the beginning of a line of stitching on the Singer 15K - this is the underneath of the work. The black is the bobbin thread and the white the top thread. I was getting these annoying snags when using the treadle and thought it was me doing sloppy footwork. Then I found I got the same problem with the 15K hand machine that I have just cleaned up. It must be to do with how the stitch is formed with the central bobbin mechanism.
The top thread forms a loop on the back of the work. Sometimes it doesn't get caught in the stitches, so you can just pull it tight afterwards, but usually it ends up in a bit of a tangle as in the top picture.
The way to prevent this happening is to hold the end of the top thread when beginning a line of stitching. This holds the thread firm so it doesn't get pulled underneath to form a loop. Once two or three stitches have been done you can let go of the thread.
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