Why is my sewing machine sucking in my fabric?

Stitch length can contribute to that hungry sewing machine eating your yardage. Knits are notorious for having stitch length issues that cause the machine to eat the fabric because they are stretchy and can easily get sucked down into the machine.

Why is my fabric getting sucked into the sewing machine?

This most often happens when you are sewing knits and or if you start sewing too close to the edge of the fabric. … If you’re still having issues, try placing tissue paper under your fabric – it tears off easily and will help prevent your fabric from getting sucked into the machine.

What should my tension be set at on my sewing machine?

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.

How do you keep fabric from getting caught on a sewing machine?

Five Tips to Stop Your Sewing Machine Swallowing Fabric

  1. Use a fine needle. Before you begin, check that the needle in your sewing machine is fine enough for the fabric that you’re sewing. …
  2. Cover the hole. …
  3. Don’t start sewing on the raw edge. …
  4. Avoid back tacking at the beginning of the seam. …
  5. Try chain stitching.
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Could you still use your sewing machine if your feed dogs were not functioning Why or why not?

If your feed dogs are not working can you still use your sewing machine? For the most part the answer is no. … If that doesn’t work, or the feed dogs are stuck in the up position but aren’t moving, the machine needs a visit to the qualified repair tech for servicing.

How do I know if my bobbin tension is correct?

The thread should unwind just slightly and the bobbin case should drop an inch or two. If the thread unwinds without resistance and the case slips to the floor, your bobbin tension is too loose. If the bobbin case doesn’t budge, your bobbin tension is too tight.

What tension should I use for cotton?

Cotton requires a moderate tension setting, usually between three and four. Always start adjusting your tension settings with your upper tension.