Why is my zig zag stitch going straight?
If the upper thread appears as a single line, the lower thread is incorrectly threaded. Instead of the appropriate tension being applied to the lower thread, it is pulled through the fabric when the upper thread is pulled up.
What tension should I use for zigzag?
The dial settings run from 0 to 9, so 4.5 is generally the ‘default’ position for normal straight-stitch sewing. This should be suitable for most fabrics. If you are doing a zig-zag stitch, or another stitch that has width, then you may find that the bobbin thread is pulled through to the top.
Why is my sewing machine not sewing zig zag stitches?
Make sure that the thread is in the tension disk and the spool is placed correctly on the machine. Also, double-check to see if the bobbin is in the correct way and threaded tightly. Sometimes, a poorly wound bobbin is the culprit for skipped stitches. Good quality thread also plays a part in nice and even stitching.
Can you zigzag with a walking foot?
Yes, you can use your walking foot for more than straight stitching. A zig-zag stitch should be just fine because all the movement in the stitch pattern is forward. In fact many of the decorative stitches on your sewing machine are just fine to use with your even feed foot installed.
Does a zig-zag stitch stretch?
A zigzag stitch is a great way to seam knit fabrics. Its inherent stretch allows for the fabric to stretch and move without fear of popping a seam.
If your thread is pulled tight on the underside and not forming an even stitch then (counter-intuitively) it’s usually the top thread tension that’s wrong. Sometimes very lightweight fabrics such as sheers can get dragged down into the machine so it’s a good idea to use a straight stitch plate.
Why does my sewing machine skip stitches on thick fabric?
When you are sewing thick fabrics or too many layers of fabrics or sewing cross seams you will frequently see skipped stitches. This is due to the extra layers that the needle has to penetrate to reach the bobbin thread. The needle is deflected away from the thread looping process.
Why are my stitches not catching?
Sewing machine stitches not catching: There are a lot of reasons for this situation to take place. One is that there is something wrong with your needle. It has somehow bent or become dull during the sewing process. You just have to replace the needle.