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    Hi! I am Brittany. I am from the Pittsburgh area. I am new to quilting. I have only made 2 small quilts. I have Tons to learn. I am Very interested in FMQ. I bought a 15-91 Singer that is my straight stitch and I love her. However, I really wanted to get a machine that had bells and whistles that would be for FMQ. I just bought a used HV Sapphire 870Q and I am scared because people have said that they have a difficult time with FMQ on this machine because of the bobbin tension........anyone else have tension issues with their Sapphire and if so.......how did it get resolved? I am sure it will take me awhile to get used to this machine as I have never even had a machine that had a needle down feature before LOL

    Thanks in advance for helping this clueless newbie!

    Brittany
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 03-06-2018 at 09:18 AM. Reason: remove shouting/all caps

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    Welcome from PNW. Everyone here is so helpful I'm sure you will find answers to any question. I've never had a Topaz so I'm clueless.
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    needle down feature will be a great help to you, so enjoy that one. i don't know about your machine. someone here may chirp up on it. if not, there must be forums out there for people who own one. have fun here. !!!

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    Thank you both so much! I appreciate your feedback!

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    If there is a problem with bobbin tension, I suggest you buy another bobbin case and adjust that little screw on the side that guides the thread from bobbin to needle, when you find the magic tension, mark that case with nailpolish (that's what I did) and keep it ONLY for that purpose...this way your "everyday/everything else bobbin case remains factory default

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    Welcome to this very helpful and friendly forum. Echoing nativetexan's advice: I have good luck just googling the problem as precisely as I can, such as "problem FMQing with Sapphire 870Q". Gives me good results.

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    Welcome from western NY and happy quilting
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    Thank you so much! I love it here already! Thanks for making sure I was in the correct spot (O: I am often lost LOL

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Every machine is different as well as the operator. Watch some FMQ videos and jump in!

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    Welcome from Oklahoma. Hope to see some of your work.
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    Welcome from NJ. I don't have the Sapphire but my friend does. To the best of my knowledge she's not tried any machine quilting on it but also does not have any tension issues. I have a slightly older HV Platinum machine and have never had to adjust the tension for any reason - (straight line) machine quilting; sewing sheer curtains; draperies, etc. It has built in auto tension. AFAIK, the Sapphire does as well.

    Good luck!

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    I go with what Geri B said, but try it first. Other people may have trouble but you might not. I really just wanted to say welcome to the Board and enjoy your new machine ( although the 15-91 is good too!) The best machine is the one you use!!

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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    A Warm Welcome to you from FL!

    I don't know that machine but wish you happy quilting on it!

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    Welcome from Washington! Happy stitching!
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    Hi Brittany welcome to the board from NE Ohio.

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