Sewcial Etiquette Lesson #9: Tension Headache

I may be smiling, but my latest project proved to be a bit of a challenge--but that's nothing new.

I hit a snag while making this dress (worn as a top). Actually, I hit snags, loops...a big stringy mess!

**This is my attempt at looking frustrated...work with me here**

Simplicity 2054

What was the cause of the issue with my thread? And how do I fix it?

Turns out it had a little something to do with the tension setting on my sewing machine...

 Sewcial Etiquette Lesson #9:
It's Easy to Treat Those Tension Headaches

 By the way, here's a great article from Threads (how apropos) on understanding thread tension.

If the upper tension on my machine is too tight, the thread will begin to loop. Or, if the upper tension is too loose, the loops will appear on the wrong side of my fabric.

Fortunately, adjusting the tension on your machine should be pretty easy. If you need a lil guidance, check out your machine's manual.

All I had to do was tinker with the upper tension-control dial on my sewing machine, use some scrap fabric to figure out just the right setting, and I was back to my usual awkward sewing. 

I'm wearing Simplicity 2054, which is a dress. But because I'm a rebel, I'm wearing the dress as a top.
Simplicity 2054
Simplicity 2054 
I like the openings at the elbows of the sleeves. I tried my best to figure out how to make them, but I have to admit I was a little thrown off. I think I was still recovering from that tension headache.

Simplicity 2054
Simplicity 2054

The Sewcialite Was Seen Wearing...
 Simplicity Pattern 2054
Fabric via Gail K. Fabrics
Forever 21 belt
Target skirt
Kenneth Cole sunnies
Vintage bracelet
Louis Vuitton purse
Random boots I've had for years


So there you have it! Tension headaches don't have to be a pain.

Happy sewing, loves!



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