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    Long-Arm Quilters, Unite!

    Questioning what size quilting thread you use on your long-arm.

    Reason? Al and I started a very special quilt and needed white quilting thread - we have many colors but no white. We've been using a 30 wt thread with excellent results. The only white quilting thread I had was 50 wt - research on the web says this should be fine. So we've loaded top and bobbins likewise. But, we're getting top eyelashes - very minute, but visible with a magnifying glass - they are there! Intuition tells us the bobbin tension needs to be adjusted - but we've cranked it down as far as it will go.

    Now, do I rip out a WHOLE ROW and wait until I have a larger weight thread?

    Suggestions, ideas?
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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    Re: Long-Arm Quilters, Unite!

    I do not have nor have I ever used a LA machine but it makes sense to me to decrease the upper tension so it balances the bobbin. Hopefully it wouldn't hurt to try.

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      #3
      Re: Long-Arm Quilters, Unite!

      Handi quilter has alot of videos on different things. I think this video does will answering the question on tensions.

      Videos If the link doesnt work. Go to handiquilter.com then choose education, then videos. The link is for tnt (threads needles and tension)

      Jane
      Jane M (quiltnforfun)

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        #4
        Re: Long-Arm Quilters, Unite!

        Here is a video from Handiquilter on how to check your bobbin tension:

        Checking Bobbin Tension - YouTube

        I have to adjust mine according to the thread I'm using, but it's easy to do on HQ bobbin.

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