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Thread: tension issue

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    I am having a problem with my longarm machine. the thread is knotting on the backside of my quilt. Would this be a top tension or bottom tension issue??

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    Super Member luvstitches's Avatar
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    check your needle and make sure it's in there perfectly and rethread your machine.
    i've gone through this so many times with my HQ16

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    Super Member ckcowl's Avatar
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    is it only when you start- or all over a short seam? are you bringing the bobbin thread to the top and holding it with the needle thread when you start?
    quite often rethreading and re (setting) the bobbin will fix this problem- also- when did you change that needle last? is there a bit of lint anywhere (in the bobbin case area???
    if the top tension is too loose you might get loops on the bottom-if it is too tight you will get the bottom thread pulled to the top-making dots on the top-
    sometimes it is difficult to get the tension even- but it sounds more like you have a threading problem---
    start at the thread and rethread- don't tie the thread on and just pull it through- and make sure it is pulled up into the tension disks- sometimes you think it is between them when in fact it is just laying along them.

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    Thank you guys for the direction. We will try to tighten the tension tomorrow and see if that helps. My wife is starting to get pretty frustrated with the whole thing and I just want to be able to make it work.

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