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Thread: Great information on tension

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    Wow! I learned a lot from that video. Thank you for sharing.

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    Thank you for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra-P
    Wow! I learned a lot from that video. Thank you for sharing.
    Me too. Bookmarked it so I can watch again.

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    Wow. I learn something new every day from this board. I am having tension problems right now with my Viking Sapphire, I need to adjust the tension. Now I know.

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    This is sooo important and I reckon most of the issues ppl post about on here with FMQ are down to not understanding this basic info so thanks for sharing. This is handy too if you use Superior like I do - it tells you roughly where your top tension should be thread by thread and also what needle to use. http://www.superiorthreads.com/media..._HOME_7-11.pdf

    Although I do use a slightly smaller needle than they recommend as a rule - but rules are made to be broken right? :mrgreen: The best advice is to experiment with every thread you'll ever use with different needles and tensions then keep a reference of what works best - though I find it can vary between types of batting and even fabrics, for eg batiks I use a finer needle in general. This is the science part of our art and there'd be a lot less frustrated quilters if more ppl took the trouble to learn it. Sorry, I'm dismounting from my soap box NOW! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    This is sooo important and I reckon most of the issues ppl post about on here with FMQ are down to not understanding this basic info so thanks for sharing. This is handy too if you use Superior like I do - it tells you roughly where your top tension should be thread by thread and also what needle to use. http://www.superiorthreads.com/media..._HOME_7-11.pdf

    Although I do use a slightly smaller needle than they recommend as a rule - but rules are made to be broken right? :mrgreen: The best advice is to experiment with every thread you'll ever use with different needles and tensions then keep a reference of what works best - though I find it can vary between types of batting and even fabrics, for eg batiks I use a finer needle in general. This is the science part of our art and there'd be a lot less frustrated quilters if more ppl took the trouble to learn it. Sorry, I'm dismounting from my soap box NOW! :lol:
    That also is very good advice. Every machine and every quilter is different, so it pays to experiment with as much as possible to get a good result.

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    This was a real eye opener!! I'm going to get out my manuals and re-read the tension pages. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Superior threads has such great informative videos. I posted one on metallic threads a while ago. He's right too, often I've thought "what is wrong with this thread?", when it isn't the thread at all. I now know I need to understand better how my machine works. I need to spend more time on the Elna website and a little less here for a bit!

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    Bless you, I fight with the tension all the time. I also check out their needles video, it has some great information. Thank you for the link. I am thinking of trying out these needles. I have it on my favorites, you rock :thumbup: :thumbup:

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