Cable stitch looks great


at least it does if you use fairly thin thread.  Although in hind-sight, I’m actually surprised that the machine will accept it at all considering the trouble I have had if I don’t use the right weight in the bobbin.  However, (there’s always a however) after I was instructed how to bypass the bobbin tension – it never occurred to me to put the thread straight through the LARGE hole in the bobbin-case – chaos ensued

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2  Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Polyester Furnishing Fabric: Top & Bottom – Free machining tensioned bobbin.  Centre – Foot on, bobbin tension bypassed.

Top thread tension normal.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Felt, Foot on: Top Row – Bobbin tension bypassed, Top thread tightest tension.  Lower Rows – Tensioned bobbin, Top thread normal.

The thicker threads, bypassing the bobbin tension, do not lie straight and flat.  Tightening the top thread tension makes very little difference, as the photo above shows.

The result, with the tighter top tension, is not unattractive, but is probably not what it should be.  I would be grateful for some other suggestions; I’ve even considered buying a cheap basic machine as well as my temperamental Diva of a Bernina, but that seems a bit excessive just to achieve proper thick cable stitch!  The machine doesn’t seem to mind, as long as the bobbin thread is tensioned; I decorated two cheap T-shirts with Cable stitch, using crochet perle, and it was fine.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

Close-up of part of the design.