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Thread: Help Tin Lizzie owners------

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    Super Member kittenquilts's Avatar
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    What kind of thread are you using - or more specifically what kind of spool is your thread on? Is it the cone type of a regular spool? I have the Queen Quilter. When I use a cone of thread, I put it on thread holders as normal. When I use a regular spool of thread, I have it coming off the spool horizontally rather than vertically. Hard to explain, but I can send you a picture if it helps.
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    Thanks everyone - I tried everything again and then just started turning dials and finally got it to work so finished that quilt top and have another one ready to load. Still think I need to trade this for another kind of LA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If the thread is coming off the tension knob really tight, there must be something wrong with the thread path up to that point. Is it plenty loose before it goes into the tension disk? Is it actually caught in the tension disk? I don't have a TL, so can't give specific help. Usually if something is wrong right after I change the thread it's because there's something wrong with the thread path.
    This would be my guess. Any time I have problems with tension I completely rethread my Lizzie. Any problems I've had were my own fault--not the machine.
    Mary

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    Have you tried to lower your foot a little to reduce the amount of space between it and your quilt? I've got the Queen Quilter and had similar thread breaking problems at first. I've now completed 8 quilts on it and have probably had the thread break on me only once or twice. i still have the same thread on it that was breaking, so it wasn't the thread.

    Not sure which of the following worked, but here are all of the things I did:

    1) Lowered my hopping foot (presser foot)
    2) Re-inserted my needle trying to make sure it was positioned properly.
    3) Oiled my machine.
    4) Adjusted my bobbin tension.
    5) Adjusted my upper tension.
    6) Re-threaded my machine.
    7) Made sure my tension lever was down before sewing.
    8) Adjusted the legs on the table to be sure they were as level as possible.

    It took me many hours of angst and probably one or two (ok, maybe more) bad words. Was pretty certain I had the world's largest paperweight and was not going to be successful at all. I finally figured it all out, and now I really enjoy it.

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    I went through so many problems with my former TL. I know just how you feel.

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    Had the same problems with my Tin Lizzie on the last quilt I quilted. With the pressure foot up I started pulling the thread thru the needle to see how tight it was and then adjusted the tension accordingly. Remember to adjust the tension you need to turn it 1/2 if not 1 complete turn (I have turned my as much as 3 complete times). Eventually I will be able to buy all my thread from the same manufacturer so hopefull adjustments won't be necessary. It is a wonderful machine when operating properly.

    Carolyn

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    Ruby, the best thing I ever did was get rid of my Tin Lizzie, I told the Nolting company (they took my TL on trade in) about my problems so on my 2 1/2 year old machine I got $1,800 on $12,000 worth of QM and computer.

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