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Thread: I learned a lot today. Tension, needles, thread

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    I learned a lot today. Tension, needles, thread

    I spent a good part of the afternoon watching the whole series. I know that Superior threads has been discussed here before, but these videos are really worth watching.

    Tension, and why you shouldn't "ignore" it even on a machine that "auto" tensions:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzD-o...01QRL-QPUNrCbg

    Bobbin Tension:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf5dd...01QRL-QPUNrCbg

    This video shows a visual of how the adjustment described in the video above works. (It's for a long arm, but the adjustment is the same.) At about 0:50 to 2:08 The most important part is that there are 2 screws, usually you'll adjust the "largest" screw, and it should always (in my experience) the one closest to the middle of the tension spring. The other one is just to hold the spring in place.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXJfT...01QRL-QPUNrCbg

    Needles, this was enlightening to me. I guess I don't need all those little packets:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gaalv...01QRL-QPUNrCbg

    The thread delivery system - I might know why spools sometimes jump off the op of my machines now:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1jq9...01QRL-QPUNrCbg

    Thread Shelf Life:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84Nrn...NrCbg&index=20


    All of the "thread therapy" was worth watching actually. I learned a lot today.

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    thanks for posting the links
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    Just may have to take the time out and look at those too, looks very helpful.
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    I really learned some things, especially about needles.

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    Thank you for posting. I copied and emailed it to myself to watch later. I have been having trouble with my Janome machines tension so hopefully this will help figure out what is going wrong.

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    Thanks for the info. I bet it will help me too. Sometimes you just don't know what you don't know

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    When I joined my guild one of the first things I learned from members was to use titanium top stitch needles and to match the needle to the thread. Most all the members use Superior brand threads. I was using a universal size 90/14 and thought a universal meant for all sewing. The best knowledge of needles and thread is from Superior Company. I have been using their needle and thread charts and have never had a tension or thread issue on my machine that wasn't self error or machine problem.

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    Very informative. Thanks for sharing. I just started using Schmetz Topstich needles
    and really like it. Might have to give Superior Thread a try too.

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    These videos are VERY well done, I like his examples and the way he busts a lot of old myths. Excellent information from Dr. Bob.

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    Thanks for sharing - can't wait until I have time to watch.

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    Thanks for posting. I will watch them when I'm not at work. I've never adjusted my tension on my machine and it works great. It's nice to know the info just incase you ever have to adjust. I don't think I'll ever learn enough about thread and needles though. At the Hampton Quilt show I bought a needle that has 2 holes, not a twin needle but one that has two holes, one above the other. I haven't used it yet due to time constraints but I plan on checking it out.
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    I know this is an older thread (no pun intended) but using the suggestions and tips here, I have solved my FMQ problem on my Pfaff QE 4.0. : using Gutterman (sp) thread, I had bobbin thread showing on top and top thread showing on bottom and top thread was shredding. Still using same thread,
    1. I put the thread on a metal stand behind my machine then threaded making sure I used the method shown to me by the dealer. (QE 4.0 sm are easy to not stay in the tension disks),
    2. changed needle from a quilting 90/14 to a top stitch needle 90/14, which I learned from Mr. Bob and
    3. changed the upper tension from default 4.6 to 3.0. I learned from doing the test someone recommended.

    Thanks to the original poster and all of you who contributed the tips and you tube links.
    jean

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    I'm so glad to hear it helped you Jean.

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    I have the DVD of the Thread Therapy. I watch it every so often to refresh my memory. The DVD was free with any order at one time, maybe still is. I only use the titanium coated topstitch needles in all my machines. It makes a big difference and cost less.
    I love my life!

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    what a good youtube, very helpful

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