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    Thanks I'll give it a try. I think I understand. It always has to be a finger away from the machine. Right?

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    I would turn the machine off, completely clean it, rethread it and move at a slower pace. See if that helps. Then troubleshoot from the owners manual, and if that doesn't work, take it in to my repairman to see what is going on Good luck, I hope you can fix it by taking these steps, A larger needle is usually the answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kani View Post
    Thanks I'll give it a try. I think I understand. It always has to be a finger away from the machine. Right?
    That's about right. It really depends on the machine, though. My Voyager likes the quilt to be draped around the bed. I do periodically raise the takeup bar, though, so there is no drag coming from behind.

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    [QUOTE=Kani;6383281]I am ready to pull my hair out. Seriously.
    I have a Juki sewing machine on a Grace frame that I am having issues with.
    It loves to break needles!
    I stitched 3 rows that didn't look to bad but not the best either. The tension needed to be adjusted. I tightened it a little and now it's breaking needles. If I put it back where it was the top tension is to loose.


    Go to Youtube.com and watch a video by Jamie Wallen. Best information on problems with thread tension I've ever heard. I was having problems with my quilting machine and his advice sure took care of it easily and no repairman costs!

    If needles keep breakign, perhaps they are bent and/or misaligned and hitting the bobbin case or something like that.

    Hope Jamie Wallen's video helps you as much as it did me.

    Bertied

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    loosen the bobbin tension to compensate for the upper being loose.

    I have a TL18LS on a grace made frame... if you have a metal bobbin case, do a drop test. Place the bobbin in the case on the palm of one hand. Take the thread coming off the bobbin case in the other hand and gently pull on the thread. The case should start to stand up and come off your hand, but then the thread should pull out straight and smooth, with just a hint of tension.

    The above can also be done as a drop test... keeping your palm under the case...while holding onto the thread coming off the bobbin case, let the case drop over your palm...the bobbin case should gently drop down the thread, it shouldn't hesitate, and you shouldn't have to shake the thread to get the bobbin to drop.

    Now adjust the upper tension looser until it matches the bobbin thread.



    Quote Originally Posted by Kani View Post
    I am ready to pull my hair out. Seriously.
    I have a Juki sewing machine on a Grace frame that I am having issues with.
    It loves to break needles!
    I stitched 3 rows that didn't look to bad but not the best either. The tension needed to be adjusted. I tightened it a little and now it's breaking needles. If I put it back where it was the top tension is to loose.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks for listening and your help.
    Marge Campbell
    TL18LS/Qbot automated quilter
    http://www.Lmcampbel.com

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    Also...other things that can cause the needle to flex (bend) resulting in skipped stitches and broken needles...

    Make sure the quilt sandwich is not too tight on the frame. You should be able to push up from the underside with the tips of your fingers & just be able to grab them with your other hand.

    Make sure the takeup bar (bar that goes through the bed of the machine) is not too high...you should be able to just fit the very tips of your fingers between the bar and the bed of the machine.

    Make sure the needle is not in backwards or crooked. Also make sure it's up in the shaft all the way.

    Hope this helps.
    Marge Campbell
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    http://www.Lmcampbel.com

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    Marge is so right about the sandwich tension. I used a Juki on the frame until I got a larger frame. Two things would cause the needle to break: stretching the quilt sandwich too tight and going too fast. If your tension disks seem tight: unthread your machine..always raise presser foot when doing so....take 2 or 3 strands of poly thread or cotton that is not linty and "floss" your tension disks. If you have a little lint ball in there it should take it out. Watch the tension video and don't be afraid to change your bobbin tension. Good luck.
    Marilyn

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    Changed to a 16 wt. jean needle. Seems to have stopped shredding thread.
    Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with me.

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