Tension issues are a common problem in machine embroidery, but they can often be easily resolved. Here are some steps to troubleshoot tension issues:
- Check the thread path: Ensure the thread is passing through all the tension discs and guides in the correct order and that the thread is not getting tangled or caught on anything.
- Adjust the top thread tension: Most embroidery machines have a dial or knob for adjusting the top thread tension. Start by adjusting the top tension to the recommended setting for your machine and project.
- Check the bobbin tension: Bobbin tension is also important for proper stitch formation. Adjust the bobbin tension according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Change the needle: A dull or damaged needle can cause tension issues. Change the needle and try again.
- Check the thread type: Different types of thread have different recommended tensions. Make sure you’re using the correct type of thread for your project.
- Clean the machine: Dirt and debris can accumulate in the tension discs and other parts of the machine, causing tension issues. Clean the machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.