Tension problems sewing elastic?

I am attempting to sew elastic around a waistband. The bobbin thread is puckering and making the machine jam. I have tried different length and width settings, as well as different stitching options. I do not have a manual for my machine and I am awaiting a replacement one from the manufacturer. In the meantime, do you have any tips for me? I have a kenmore machine. Thanks.

Oh goodness…. shades of my old Kenmore. I remember my machine doing that, too.

I think you’ll need to change your tension slightly every time you sew elastic. I used to have to do that. Mark down the tension settings that are working on the fabric itself so you can switch back to them. Then, go to this page and get a copy of my free tension guide.

Look for the pink/blue example and follow the directions to change the tension until the bobbin isn’t puckering.

Let me know if it helps, okay?


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