Kim's Kwick Tip: Bobbin Basics *Good quality thread *Wound even and smooth *Correct diameter and height *Not chipped, split, cracked or sharp edges Kim's Kwick Tip: Are your decorative stitches distorted? The proper presser foot with a channel on the bottom and stabilizer will help you achieve perfect results every time. Still no good? Maybe its time for tune-up. Kim's Kwick Tip: Fabric not feeding? Remove stitch plate and remove heavy felt and fuzz. Check knob for the presser foot pressure to be sure it is set for fabric type.
Kim's Kwick Tip: Dry winter air can create static electricity. Avoid thread issues and screen problems. Keep your machine on a good surge suppressor (not outlet strip). Keep the humidity at a comfortable level.
Kim's Kwick Tip: Thread matters: Just a general rule of thumb: Cotton = quilting Polyester = garments, home decor Rayon = embroidery, decorative stitches. Thread size & weight match to fabric size & weight.
Kim's Kwick Tip: If you own a computerized sewing machine (push buttons-not knobs and dials) then you should always have it plugged in to a surge suppressor to protect it from power surger and brown outs. Note: a power strip is not the same thing.
Kim's Kwick Tip: Going through several layers of thick fabric? Is the thread or needle breaking? Use a large needle size 90-110. Using a denim needle with a sharp point may also help. Don't forget the multi-purpose tool.
Kim's Kwick Tip: Tension adjustments are easier when you use two different colored threads. One color in bobbin, a different color on top. If you have tension issues you can tell immediately where the problem is.
Kim's Kwick Tip: Overlock getting one over on you? Check your manual for the correct needles and change them after 8 hours of serger use. Kim's Kwick Tip: Tension not right? Remove bobbin, clean fuzz from bobbin case. Replace bobbin. Be sure thread snaps into clip. When pulled, this thread should have a little resistance. Kim's Kwick Tip: Bird's nest under fabric? Make sure thread is in the uptake lever. Mechanical machines always need to start and end a seam with the uptake at the top.
Kim's Kwick Tip: Having problems sewing today? Check your owner's manual. There is a wealth of information in it. Most have a troubleshooting guide.
Kim's Kwick Tip: DO NOT sew over pins. Yes, your machine may do it, but it is NOT good for the machine. It can damage presser feet, needles, feed dogs and even gears if a pin gets inside the machine. Always pull out the pin before you sew.
Kim's Kwick Tip: Keep your serger in top running condition by keeping it lubricated. All moving parts need to have a drop of oil. Do this once a month, or before you use it, if it has been sitting idle.
Kim's Kwick Tip: Put your best foot forward! Presser feet can help push fabric through, or hold it back. Use a special foot for decorative stitches, walking foot for several layers and a flat bottom foot for the best control.