Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Does anyone use this for longarm bobbin? >

Does anyone use this for longarm bobbin?

Does anyone use this for longarm bobbin?

Old 12-30-2017, 07:42 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Jan in FL's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pekin, IL
Posts: 439
Default Does anyone use this for longarm bobbin?

I am very new to longarm quilting and want all the help I can get. Specifically, I have a HQ Fusion. I saw this on a FB site and am wondering if they would be of benefit. I am struggling with bobbin tension.

Jan in FL is offline  
Old 12-30-2017, 08:42 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 4,782

I was under the impression those were for use in the bobbin case of a dsm when free motion quilting. My longarm bobbin case has a flat spring in the case under the bobbin. Those do wear out from time to time, and need replaced. In the past when I had tension issues I couldn't seem to fix, it was because something, usually a spring, had worn out and needed replaced. I don't have a HQ, though; I have a Gammill, but I would think the same should apply to any longarm. The beauty of industrial machines is that when parts wear out they can be replaced, unlike dsm's.
JustAbitCrazy is offline  
Old 12-30-2017, 08:50 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 992

I believe you can use the bobbin genie in a longarm. The description at Amazon says it is a "M" bobbin size which is for a longarm. I may get it also as my spring is getting old.
selm is offline  
Old 12-30-2017, 10:18 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Carroll, Iowa
Posts: 2,551

I know some folks do use them on their quilt machine but be sure you get the correct size for your bobbin. Most quilt machines use a "M" size bobbin, not sure what your HQ uses though.
Snooze2978 is offline  
Old 12-30-2017, 10:24 AM
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Victorian Sweatshop Forum
Posts: 4,097

Originally Posted by Snooze2978 View Post
I know some folks do use them on their quilt machine but be sure you get the correct size for your bobbin. Most quilt machines use a "M" size bobbin, not sure what your HQ uses though.
HQ machines use M class bobbins.

Cari-in-Oly is offline  
Old 12-30-2017, 11:06 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 7,059

your HQ bobbin case should have a built in backlash spring. You should not need anything else.

The last time I was having strange tension issues it turned out I had a big lint wad in the space behind the hook assembly (you can see it when the bobbin case is out). I've started using a small vacuum to clean it out during bobbin changes, especially if I'm using cotton thread.

I struggled with tension issues on my Fusion (had Bailey before it) and after a couple of years (and about 40 quilts) I'm finally starting to feel I understand my machine. Half my problem was getting the correct tension on the quilt. I have always floated my tops.

I bought a Towa gauge, and that has been the single biggest step to the success with my LA. Now I just adjust my bobbin tension to 200, and then tweak the top as needed. The second was getting a top tension digital read out. I believe the newer machines come with this now.

Also make sure you are cleaning out under the tension spring on the bobbin case. A business card corner works great, or a paper of similar weight.

Last edited by Macybaby; 12-30-2017 at 11:10 AM.
Macybaby is offline  
Old 12-30-2017, 01:06 PM
Power Poster
dunster's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Lake Elsinore, CA
Posts: 14,200

Some machines do best with the backlash spring, others with a bobbin genie, and sometimes it depends on the thread. If you're having problems specifically with bobbin tension, it could be that your bobbins are wound unevenly or too tight.
dunster is offline  
Old 12-30-2017, 08:07 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: kansas
Posts: 5,772

I do have one bobbin that I use it in but frankly think that the actual backlash springs work as well or better. I highly recommend getting a Towa gauge also.
quiltingshorttimer is offline  
Old 12-31-2017, 03:49 PM
Super Member
GEMRM's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: South West Ontario
Posts: 2,234

I understand the concept of the Towa Bobbin Tension guage. Is there something similar for upper tension on a longarm?
GEMRM is offline  
Old 01-01-2018, 05:00 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Posts: 1,023

Originally Posted by Cari-in-Oly View Post
HQ machines use M class bobbins.

My Q'nique also uses M class bobbins. I use two bobbin cases, one for the bobbins with magnetic centers (magna-glide delights by Fil-Tec) - this requires removing the metal insert from the bobbin case itself) and the other with the metal insert for regular bobbins. They both work well. For tension control, the Jamie Wallen method has helped me a lot.
quilttiger is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
03-06-2016 03:10 AM
09-25-2015 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 12:17 AM
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
09-09-2012 05:01 PM
12-05-2008 05:27 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.