All About Thread Tension


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Thread Tension: Easy As Pie!

When you sew with different types of fabric, you need to make sure you’re sewing with the correct thread tension. Without the right tension, you risk having your stitches be sloppy or loose, or having your fabric pucker.


If you’re a novice sewer or just want a refresher on how to ensure your thread tension is absolutely perfect, look no further than right here. With help from Professor Pincushion, you’ll become an expert in no time.

An Easy Fix

First thing’s first: ideally, the stitching should be equal on both sides so that everything is as even as possible on your garment. To get there, you can begin by practicing on scraps of your fabric with 2 colors of thread to experiment!

You also want to make sure it looks clean and you can barely see the thread from the other side. That means there’s barely any bobbin thread showing on the front of the garment, and vice versa.

The main thing to keep in mind with thread tension is making sure your sewing machine is threaded correctly, with the presser foot raised up. This can make all the difference in whether or not your thread tension is perfect.

Always make sure you’re using a new needle, and a needle that is appropriate for your fabric. Some machines allow you to directly adjust tension on the bobbin. You can consult your machine manual to see if your machine can do this.

For more tips and tricks, watch Professor Pincushion‘s video below. I learned “sew” much from this video, and I know you will, too!