July 29, 2022
Debbie SewBlest , EMB 101
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Cleaning your embroidery machine is standard
practice, but one tiny area can cause big problems.
Generally speaking, a problem on the underside
of your fabric means that there’s something going on with the upper portion of
your machine, and vice versa. Thread problems on the top side of your fabric
may indicate an issue in the bottom section of your machine, namely the bobbin
If you go a long time without cleaning out
your bobbin area, lint can actually wedge your tension tighter and tighter.
According to Bill Garvin, an industry leading
embroidery machine technician and owner of BG Tech Services, you can blame about 85% of
embroidery/sewing and tension issues to the bobbin case. The problem is
typically incorrect tension on the bobbin case spring and/or a dirty bobbin
Our machines typically come with a small round
brush to clean out the bobbin case. It is hard to completely clean the bobbin
case tensioning spring because there is very little space with which to work.
Even so, lint or thread can become stuck in there. A simple business card works
quite well to clean the path.
This diagram came
Consult your own manual as every bobbin case is different.
Slide the cover stock (or business card)
between the tension plate base and the tension spring and also slide the card
stock behind the notch of the spring to remove any dirt or dust. You can also
use a larger thread to floss the bobbin spring area. Just wrap it in the same
path that you would insert your bobbin thread and pull it through.
Generally, it is not recommended to adjust the
bobbin tension screw on your own, unless you have an extra bobbin case. That
way you can have one original and one to experiment.