What do the dials on a sewing machine mean?

What are the normal settings for a sewing machine?

Most sewing is done in the 2.0 to 2.5 range. If you are foundation paper piecing, you may want to decrease your stitch length so that the paper tears away easier. Top stitching and quilting are usually done in the 3.0 to 3.5 range. Basting and gathering stitches are the longest, from 4.0 – 5.0.

What are the dials on top of the Singer sewing machine?

Stitch Width

Many sewing machines have dials you turn to select the width of the stitch. The numbers for stitch width usually range between 0-5. Electronic or computerized machines may use – or + to make changes to stitch width. The Elnita, Pfaff, and Singer all use dials for selecting stitch width.

What does correct tension look like?

A correct thread tension looks smooth and flat on both sides of the seam. The needle and bobbin threads interlock midway between the surfaces of the material.

What tension should I use for cotton?

Cotton requires a moderate tension setting, usually between three and four.

What are the three dials on a Brother sewing machine?

They are there so you can change tension, stitch width, and stitch length to fit your needs.

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