August 21, 2020
Debbie SewBlest , Machine Tips
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Most of us have already experienced
the dreaded bird’s nest. If not, it will happen. See how to fix it and how to
Bird’s nests often ruin a
fabric becomes attached to the throat plate making it practically immoveable. As
we struggle to dislodge the tangle, the frequent result is torn fabric or a
project that pops out of the hoop.
Fixing Bird’s Nests
Nest Tool is one of those items that you never knew you needed until you
need it. A thread hook snags the jumble of thread while the scalpel-type knife
slips easily between the hoop and your machine, where scissors won’t reach.
Preventing Bird’s Nests
Most of the time, if you
have a problem under your hoop, the issue lies above the throat plate. Ninety
percent of the time thread nests happen because of the way your machine is
threaded (or not threaded). If thread doesn't get properly seated in the
take-up lever, a thread nest occurs.
Whether you are sewing or embroidering,
Bonnie Welsh from SewInspiredByBonnie.com
recommends using two hands when you thread your machine. That way, you can feel
the tension as thread goes through the guides and, most importantly, the
take-up lever. With both hands on your thread, you can feel it slip into that
take-up lever or you can actually hear it click in place.
Prevention is the best medicine, but if the inevitable occurs, having the proper tools can save a project!