Thru-Hiker: Gear and Resources for Long Distance Hikers
Fabrics And Materials Fabrics And Materials The Workshop: Make Your Own Gear Projects Articles for Lightweight and Long Distance Hikers

French Seams

Knee Articulation

Hood Pattern

Installing Wrist Elastic

Down Underquilt

Mitten Pattern

Using Continuous Zipper

Titanium Solid Fuel Tablet Stove

Lightweight Backpack

Manual Buttonhole

Basic Seams for Homemade Gear Projects

How to load thread into the bobbin

How to Check and Adjust Thread Tension

Mesh Stuff Sack

Folding Wood Burning Pack Stove

0.5 oz V8 Stove

Cat Stove

Down Quilt

Make Your Own Silnylon Stuffsacks

Henry's Tarptent & Tarptent-for-2

Thread Tension

Making sure your machine's stitch is balanced is crucial to your homemade gear project's success.  Take the time to get it right!




In the diagrams, I never tell you to adjust the tension of the stitch by changing the bobbin's tension screw. Try to adjust the stitch balance with the top tension first. Only adjust the bobbin tension if you absolutely can't balance the stitch with the top tension knob.

If you have to adjust the bobbin's tension screw, do so very gradually. It doesn't take much to damage the tension mechanism of the bobbin casing. Mark the setting of the bobbin's tension screw before making any adjustments so you can easily go back to its original setting.

When your tension is adjusted correctly, the 'lock' part of the stitch is right between the two layers of fabric as shown in the middle picture. Now you're ready to start on your homemade gear project!