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Old 03-25-2018, 03:27 AM
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First off...Is it really a long arm if it is a DSM on a frame? Or is there another name for it?

Secondly, it was going along fine, I went for lunch, came back and the thread has broken 5 times in a row. First, it started skipping stitches for about 2 inches, but if I went backwards then forwards, it would start to sew again, then it just broke.

I have re-threaded, changed the needle, oiled, checked the bobbin, loosened the tension....suggestions?

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Old 03-25-2018, 04:50 AM
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You mention tension, I'm guessing that's the thread tension you are referring to. How tight do you have the quilt on the frame? It should be loose enough so that if you poke your finger up from underneath you can grab it with your other hand.
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I have a mid-arm (Husqvarna-Viking Mega Quilter) on a Grace frame. I have found that my thread will break if the quilt sandwich is a lot higher than the machine bed or if it is too close. Hope that makes sense.
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Love my Mega Quilter but no room for a frame. <Sigh>
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I think it's a mid arm I think longarms have to be 18inches
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I have isolated the problem (I think) to how high/low the frame is or how tight/loose the quilt is because if you sew on a quilt sandwich, it sews fine. How do I isolate it further to find out which of those it is?

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Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
I think it's a mid arm I think longarms have to be 18inches
A dsm on a frame is a short arm.

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I have isolated the problem (I think) to how high/low the frame is or how tight/loose the quilt is because if you sew on a quilt sandwich, it sews fine. How do I isolate it further to find out which of those it is?

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I would say, experiment...sorry I can't help you isolate the problem further.
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I had a very similar problem on my longarm. It turned out the thread was wound too loosely on the bobbin. If you poke at the thread with a fingernail it should be firm, not squishy. I use a stand-alone bobbin winder and had to change the way the thread went through the tension disk on it. I doubt that's your problem with a DSM, but it's something to check.
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Old 03-25-2018, 10:33 AM
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I'll check that, Dunster.

Another piece of the puzzle...it seems to be mainly when I get towards the ends of the quilt...Not so much in the main part of the quilt.

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