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Thread: Perfect tension?

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    Has anyone found this?

    I can't seem to find it on my machine. I've tried all the variables. Even reduced to moving the dial a smidge at a time. But still, one or the other thread comes thru on the other side. As a result, I'm stuck using white thru out the quilt, instead of a color that will blend in more. :-(

    Does this happen to others as well???

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    what machine are you using?
    That would help out and perhaps give us a starting point.
    Kirsten

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    Perhaps the problem it is your bobbin tension. Provided you have a bobbin casing that is not a drop-in-type, try holding the casing thread by the tail and allow the bobbin casing with thread caught in the hooks, to hang downward. Give it a little shake as you would a yoyo. If it does not slide at all, then you need to turn little screw on the side of the bobbin approximately "15 seconds" (as in a clock) counterclockwise. Continue 15 seconds at a time until it slides slightly, a little at a time when you shake.

    However, if it slides too easily, then you need to tighten the same screw (clockwise) 15 seconds at a time until it slides a little when you yoyo.

    I know, I know, we are told not to mess with the bobbin tension, but there are times when it is necessary. This may be your problem.

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    I have a Janome Truth Heart which has a drop in bobbin.

    I'm not all that worried with this quilt as it's a kids quilt and it actually looks kinda cool against the red background. But I'm sure I'll have quilts in the future where that won't be so desirable.

    I had my class with the store that I purchased the machine from last week and she wasn't even able to find the right combo. She finally gave up and told me to just play with it until I figured it out.

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    I think Suz is on the right track - one suggestion for those who can adjust their case's screw tension - Before you pull out the screwdriver, mark the original with a dot of white-out or a Sharpie. It sure makes life easier when you set it back for regular sewing.

    I have a drop-in bobbin, too. Tension hasn't been an issue so far, so I would have to look it up in the manual. I find it helps to switch the machine to zig-zag when adjusting tension. The differences show up better.

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    wow i just had that problem last week and i wrote in and got some things to try i tried to move my tension i went from a # 4 to almost a # 5 and it worked a little better but then i tried differant speeds and found out a med speed on the pedal

    i hope this works

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    don't dismiss your thread and/or your needle as potential issues. i have a janome and had a heck of a time with machine quilting and tension until i took it to the store and he showed me the difference in threads. BIG difference. and he also said i need to be replacing my needle way more often. Better too often than not often enough. now i stock up when notions are on sale!

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    My needle is brand new. I had been using the all purpose needle before. :oops: So this was the first day using the new quilting needle.

    The thread was purchased at Hobby Lobby. i believe it's Coats Cotton.

    I'll keep in mind to buy different thread for the next quilt and see how that works.

    It matters what pattern is chosen when choosing the tension? Interesting.

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    Can you get local help with the machine you are using? I found an 80 year old man taught me a whole lot about my singer !! Just in for a checkup and he was full of information !

    Chairjogger

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    the answer is ... all of the above.

    seriously, when i just jump into the quilting without doing a sample sandwich to test my thread and needle choices and my tension settings, i very often get less than thrilling results. (which explains why i so rarely post closeups of my projects. :lol: )

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    Some problems I have run into besides some already mentioned include having a different thread in the bobbin (although sometimes it doesn't matter) and missing a spot when threading or somehow getting a twist. Some threads the machine just doesn't like.

    We use a machine on a frame (not long arm). We found out we have less problems overall by oiling after each quilt.

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    I personally believe in the Tension Fairy. LOL When she's there everything works and looks "right". If the Tension Fairy isn't around, I'm not a happy camper.

    (I'm really going to read and process all of the ideas provided here being mechanically challenged!) :mrgreen:

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    well let me tell u what i did. I have the Janome 6600, and my stippling or free motion quilting looked bad on back so a lady at the quilt shop told me to buy an extra bobbin holder and do adjusting on that but not on the one that came with machine & set at the factory. so I took her advice, i loosened the bobbin tension and tightened the upper tension and wa la, now my stippling looks great. she also told me to put some red finger nail polish on the extra one to keep from getting them mixed up. now i can stipple all my own quilts as I just can't afford to pay a professional between $100 & $200 for each quilt. so i've been just pleased as punch to learn all this - now can't wait to do the next quilt. here's one i stippled that looks ok on top but bad on back.

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    Forgot about the problem my friend was having with her Bernina. She worked and worked on getting her tension correct. She took it to the Bernina shop without a bobbin. They used one of their and the machine stitched correctly. Carried the machine home, put in a bobbin and the problem reappeared. Back to the shop showing them the ugly mess on the back side of the sample. This time she took her loaded bobbin along.

    Conclusion: It was her thread and it was a very good cotton thread but it just would not perform in her machine. I use this same thread and have no problems with my Janome.

    Suz

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    I also had a similar problem. A quilting advisor told me to buy an extra bobbin when working on quilts using thread with heavier weights. The nail polish trick is great! Good luck!

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    curious how much your extra bobbin cases cost?

    i tried that approach, but my local janome dealer discouraged it ($40?). he 'fixed' my machine and it works beautifully now.

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    Did you watch the rerun of Simply Quilts yesterday? Alex had on a lady who spoke about adjusting the bobbin screw. Her riddle to remember which way to turn the screw: "righty - tighty; lefty - loosely". She only turned the screw 5 minutes.

    Her information is on HGTV for June 24 if you want to check it out. She was doing bobbin embroidery. I wasn't much interested until she started talking about bobbins.

    Suzanne

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