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Thread: I need help ? Bailey's Home Quilter pictures

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    Super Member kristen0112's Avatar
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    I am having trouble with the tension. It's set to what is recommended. I have tried going up and going down. I've threaded and re-threaded. I have changed bobbins. But it's still pulling up from underneath.

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    Is your photo a picture of the top or botton?

    If it is the top, you probably need to adjust the tension of your bobbin.

    If it is the bottom, you probably need to adjust the tension on the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Is your photo a picture of the top or botton?

    If it is the top, you probably need to adjust the tension of your bobbin.

    If it is the bottom, you probably need to adjust the tension on the top.
    It's the top of the quilt on the frame. The thread is being pulled up. I have tried adjusting the bobbin thread up and down (raising the number and lowering it). Is there another place to adjust the tension I am not aware of?

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    I dont' know your machine, but most longarm machines can be adjusted using the bobbin case itself. I loosen or tighten the screw on my bobbin case with a small screwdriver. Only adjust it a tiny bit though at a time.

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    If you need to adjust bobbin tension, there is a screw on the bobbin case to turn to tighten and loosen.

    Hold the bobbin case with thread loaded in case in your hand. Pick up the free thread, the case should stand up in your hand, lift a bit and crawl down a bit. Like a spider on a web. If it flow freely, you need to tighten the screw on the bobbin case. You may have 2 screws on the bobbin case, you will want to turn the larger screw. Also, make sure your bobbin thread is indeed under the spring metal tensioner securely.

    Unless you are using a slick thread like rayon or silk, I don't think you tension should be quite so high on the needle.

    If you have just unpacked this machine, double check that you don't have any dust or lint lurking about.

    If you have the machine on a frame, you may be moving the machine head too fast for the speed of the machine. Also, you may have the quilt too tight on the frame.

    Hope this helps, and keep us posted on your progress.

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    I sent you a PM that might help. Good Luck!

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    You've probably tried this but is your bobbin seated in the cradle properly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    If you need to adjust bobbin tension, there is a screw on the bobbin case to turn to tighten and loosen.

    Hold the bobbin case with thread loaded in case in your hand. Pick up the free thread, the case should stand up in your hand, lift a bit and crawl down a bit. Like a spider on a web. If it flow freely, you need to tighten the screw on the bobbin case. You may have 2 screws on the bobbin case, you will want to turn the larger screw. Also, make sure your bobbin thread is indeed under the spring metal tensioner securely.

    Unless you are using a slick thread like rayon or silk, I don't think you tension should be quite so high on the needle.

    If you have just unpacked this machine, double check that you don't have any dust or lint lurking about.

    If you have the machine on a frame, you may be moving the machine head too fast for the speed of the machine. Also, you may have the quilt too tight on the frame.

    Hope this helps, and keep us posted on your progress.
    THANK YOU THANK YOU! So much. I will go try this now and let you know.

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    It also looks like your top thread is too tight. Tighten the bobbin a bit and loosen the top tension a bit and see what happens.

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    Tightening the bobbin case worked!

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    So glad!!!

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    I had a problem similar to this, kept adjusting the tension.... nothing helped. One day my daugher stopped my, asked if I had cleaned out the bobbin area lately - huh? "No", I sheeplishly replied.... she cleaned it and everything worked like a charm again. I had so much stuff packed in around the bobbin holder, it look like a piece of felt! If you haven't tried this, I suggest this as a possible solution - good luck :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I had a problem similar to this, kept adjusting the tension.... nothing helped. One day my daugher stopped my, asked if I had cleaned out the bobbin area lately - huh? "No", I sheeplishly replied.... she cleaned it and everything worked like a charm again. I had so much stuff packed in around the bobbin holder, it look like a piece of felt! If you haven't tried this, I suggest this as a possible solution - good luck :)
    I clean my bobbin area with every bobbin change. If you get in a routine, it just come natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I had a problem similar to this, kept adjusting the tension.... nothing helped. One day my daugher stopped my, asked if I had cleaned out the bobbin area lately - huh? "No", I sheeplishly replied.... she cleaned it and everything worked like a charm again. I had so much stuff packed in around the bobbin holder, it look like a piece of felt! If you haven't tried this, I suggest this as a possible solution - good luck :)
    I clean my bobbin area with every bobbin change. If you get in a routine, it just come natural.
    That's a good tip. i have been blowing out the lint every time I change the bobin but think I will purchase a brush as well.

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    I use a cheap paintbrush that I got at Lowe's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristen0112
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I had a problem similar to this, kept adjusting the tension.... nothing helped. One day my daugher stopped my, asked if I had cleaned out the bobbin area lately - huh? "No", I sheeplishly replied.... she cleaned it and everything worked like a charm again. I had so much stuff packed in around the bobbin holder, it look like a piece of felt! If you haven't tried this, I suggest this as a possible solution - good luck :)
    I clean my bobbin area with every bobbin change. If you get in a routine, it just come natural.
    That's a good tip. i have been blowing out the lint every time I change the bobin but think I will purchase a brush as well.

    I would suggest you not blow it out as you can blow the lint back into the machine where you cannot easily get to it. I bought a fairly nice 1" paint brush that was soft and the bristles did not come out easily. I gave a tug before I bought it. It works really good for getting the lint and stuff out. I usually clean mine well every second bobbin change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I use a cheap paintbrush that I got at Lowe's.
    oooh. That's a great place to get one. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    "No", I sheeplishly replied.... she cleaned it and everything worked like a charm again. I had so much stuff packed in around the bobbin holder, it look like a piece of felt! If you haven't tried this, I suggest this as a possible solution - good luck :)
    I've had the same problem before. It looked like felt and I felt that same feeling of being ashamed. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin
    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    "No", I sheeplishly replied.... she cleaned it and everything worked like a charm again. I had so much stuff packed in around the bobbin holder, it look like a piece of felt! If you haven't tried this, I suggest this as a possible solution - good luck :)
    I've had the same problem before. It looked like felt and I felt that same feeling of being ashamed. :)
    The quilt I was having the trouble with was the second quilt on the frame and being stitched. On the previous one I noticed piece of 'felt' looking lint sewn into the underside of the quilt. That's when I started blowing the lint out of the bobbin casing whenever I changed bobbins.

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