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    what type of thread

    please let me know what type of thread you use in your quilting. I have a hq 16 and am having problems with tension. Was told it is my thread. Am going to tear out quilting done and start new. anything you could help me with will help. Have been told glide or superior sew fine. Does sew fine have a sheen to it?
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    I have an Innova with the upgraded upper tension. Didn't want to have to deal with tension issues. My machine will use most anything I throw at it including embroidery thread and metallic embroidery thread. In fact, it loves the metallic thread more so than my embroidery machine. I use Connecting Threads's cotton and polyester threads mostly but occasionally I'll use my embroidery thread if that's the color of thread I need.
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    I have a huskvarna viking platinum 16 and it will take any thread I give it. It is basically the same machine as the sw 16. I had trouble with tension when I got it. I am not used to adjusting the bobbin tension, but found that sometimes I need to do this depending on the thread I choose. Also need to adjust top tension sometimes. I make a quilt sandwich and test the stitches before I start on my quilts so that I am sure of the tension settings. I also bought the sure foot ruler foot/open toe foot that is available for the sw 16. Fit my machine perfectly.

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    I have a Janome SD 18 Longarm machine. I buy my thread from Nancy's Notions. I buy either Signature 100% cotton or the Madeira 100% Polyester. I like the price and since my machine likes both of those thread, I haven't tried anything else.

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    What thread are you using? Have you tried a different spool or cone of the same thread, in case the one you're using is faulty? Unless it is very old or poor quality I wouldn't blame the tension problems on the thread. I prefer to use poly threads (mostly tri-lobals but also finer threads like MicroQuilter and BottomLine) from MetroEmb, Connecting Threads, and Superior in my Innova. I have used cotton threads with no problem, but I don't like the lint the cotton threads produce. You do need to adjust tension when you're using a midarm or longarm.

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    I have a Babylock Tiara 3 and I have tension problems sometimes. I found that my machine likes the So Fine # 50 polyester thread. The stitches seem to look better with this than some of the other thread I use. This thread is a matte finish and no lint. Superior Threads online has "try me specials" for this thread. You can order this way without spending a lot of money to see if your machine will like it.

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    I use different types and weights and adjust the tension as needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3 View Post
    I use different types and weights and adjust the tension as needed
    This is what I do also. I have an HQ Avante and with proper adjusting it likes any thread I've tried.

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    I use Superior Threads often, and Aurifil. I also have been successful with some of The connecting Threads thread. Long arms are high speed machines and polyester works much better with them. Cotton tends to break often with the high speed.
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    I use mostly C&C and connecting threads.
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    SoFine is thinner, and doesn't really have a sheen. It's draw is that it will blend in better. Superior's Omni is a little thicker and is what I use most on my HQ Avante. It does have a bit of a sheen.

    One little thing that I learned from attending HQ training, is to realize that my quilting machine likes to go from left to right (right to left when you do pantographs from the back). So, if my thread is breaking, I can turn the needle a little to the right. If it skips stitches, I can turn it a little to the left. Turning the needle slightly to the right has helped me a lot!
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    I prefer SoFine #50 most of the time, but will also use Glide, which requires a larger needle but does have a sheen. Glide is not a Superior thread, but is readily available to me. I also like MicroQuilter from SoFine when I'm doing lots of microquilting or want to do heavy quilting. I also like Permacore if someone wants more of the look of cotton thread. I do not like to use cotton thread at all! I'd echo what others are saying about working on adjusting your tension also if that is the problem.

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    Do you have the Sweet Sixteen sit down (move the quilt) or the Simply Sixteen frame (move the machine)?

    I have the HQ Sweet Sixteen sit down. I use a wide variety of threads, from 12 wt to 100 wt, cotton, silk poly, metallics. They all work fine. Every time I change my bobbin I check the bobbin tension and adjust as needed. Then I can fine tune the top tension. HQ has several good youtube videos that show how to do this.

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    What kind of issues are you having with your tension, specifically? Who told you it was the thread and did they explain why?

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    Love the glide & superior
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    My sitdown HQ16 does not like Superior Bottom Line. I could never make it stop breaking. I finally gave away all of my cones.

    There has never been a problem with Superior So Fine. I use that the most.

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    I have the HQ16 sit down and it will take any thread I have. I normally use 30, 40 or 50 wt cotton. I always sew out a test and adjust the tension. If you are only adjusting the top tension and it still doesn't look good your bobbin tension needs adjusting. The service tech here told me I'd probably have to adjust both tensions every time I change thread types and weights. I thought that was just crazy, I could not get my tensions to look good so I took it in for service. $160.00 later, turns out it was the bobbin tension, it was too tight. Next time I'm frustrated and have tension issues I'll go with the advice from the service tech. So sit back relax, drink your favorite beverage and keep trying.

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    I know this wasn't what you asked, but thought I'd throw it out there.
    Jamie Wallen has a great video on exactly how to adjust your tension on these machines. It was really helpful to me and cleared up a few misconceptions I had about thread and bobbins.

    Watson

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    I use exclusively Connecting Threads Essential Pro. I do not quilt for $$. Mainly charity.

    I did not get a bobbin winder with my used machine and buy Superior Prewounds called Bobs or something like that.

    HQ has you make the tension a big tighter on the bobbin. I go by the Jamie Wallen video. You must always check under the little spring on the bobbin case as lint can get under there and affect the tension.

    This combo has eliminated all tension problems for years. I keep it simple and it works well for me.

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    I have an HQ Sweet 16 and cannot recommend strongly enough that you consult their website for the HQ Live Archives. Monthly, 2nd Thursdays, they do a one-hour video tutorial on various aspects of their quilting machines. A few months ago they did one strictly on threading, adjusting, and a whole lot on tensions and their respective adjustments. I wouldn't miss them. Even when they're highlighting a machine that I don't have, I still pick up great tips. Just Google HandiQuilter and/or go to YouTube for a number of prior HQ Live presentations.

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    I have the HQ fusion, and had a lot of tension problem until I discovered I had 5 bobbins that did not spin as freely in the bobbin case as they should have. I use a Towa gauge to set my bobbin tension and keep it around 180 no matter what thread I use. And this does mean adjusting for every thread change.

    I added the digital readout for my upper tension too, and now have very little tension issues. The only thread I've had problems with is Connecting Thread Essential Poly - as it likes to jump out from under the spring on the bobbin case. So far it's the only thread I've had that has done that, at least when it does, it's real easy to remove.

    I sometimes have to change the thread path as some cottons like to loop more than others, and sometimes it will pull a loop into the tension disk and then I'll get a blip of thread underneath. And once in a great while it will pop the thread right out of the tension disks. I don't go as fast with cotton thread and that seems to help.


    So far, the only thread my Fusion really does not like is the Connecting Threads cotton. Though I have not tried them after getting all the other tension issued figured out.

    I have found some variegated thread is not constant in diameter, I've read it's due to the dies used, but don't know that for sure.
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    I always check what type of thread is being used on the LA machines set up for everyone to use at quilt shows. Most of them use 40 wt poly on the large cones. Usually no brand name on the cones. I asked one dealer to put 60 wt cotton thread on the LA and he laughed. Said he didn't need that headache.
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    I have the digital read out too just got it.. what are the numbers you use for top tension please

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    Ii want to add - I had to learn how to use the bobbin winder. When I started, I had the tension set too tight and it was actually stretching the thread a bit when winding. I had never used a separate bobbin winder with a tension setting before. I got a good feel for how it pulls using my other machines and set the tension on the winder so it's the same. It was a lot lighter than what I started with.
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    thread

    I've used Aurafil and other "premium" brands but they all break on my Kenmore. I'm back to using Coats and Clark All Purpose thread -- with success.
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