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  1. Thanks all for the helpful responses. Needle height was the issue with the "extra threads" - thanks very much. I was using size 140 needles, I've order some 160s and I'll try the bobbin tension test suggested by Kgg. Matt as you are UK based, I'm interested to know which thread you use and where you buy it from. very kind of you all to take the trouble to help me out kindest regards David
  2. Hi all, I'm a complete newbie to machine sewing, and I have exactly the same symptoms that RaptorBravo does. On the bottom side of the work the knots are just visible. I have a highland GC2268 which is rated for 20s (138?). I am using Somabond bonded nylon 20s in both the spool and bobbin. I have tried increasing the top tension, but can't get rid of the knots. In fact when the tension reaches a certain point, I get an "extra loop" in the bobbin - when I raise the foot and pull the work away from the machine it sticks as there are 3 threads coming from the bobbin. I cut the 3 threads and one is the thread coming straight from the bobbin which pulls freely, the other 2 are different ends of the same short thread - if that makes any sense. Not sure if this is a coincidence or is directly related to the increased top tension. I haven't as yet tried to adjust the bottom tension, as frankly I'm a little concerned about over tinkering without knowing what I'm doing! If I use 40s thread (69?) in the bobbin the problem goes away; however as most of my projects will have both top and bottom visible I'd like to have the same thread (20s) if possible, even accepting that the stitching wont be identical. Is it possible that certain makes of threads at the 20s thickness will just not behave nicely in the bobbin? The soma bond was advertised as top thread; It didn't occur to me that it might be literal. hoping that one of you experts can help. kind regards to all David
  3. Leather Connection Manuals

    Hi All, I came across the Leather Connection site only yesterday. It seems that Francis Burnett-Mills sadly died 2 years ago. I wonder if anyone is now selling these manuals, or are they now lost to us? hoping someone can help kind regards David
  4. Hi, I have just had exactly the same happen to a briefcase i made from Sedgwick bridle shoulder, did you get any explanation Skalpel? love the stitching !