The TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge
Posted: 15 July 2013 at 3:49 p.m.
We've published a new video! Have you heard of the TOWA bobbin gauge? It's a fantastic tool to help get accurate tension measurements for mid-arm and longarm machines. It measures bobbin thread tension to help you get the ideal stitch quality. The TOWA gauge is available in both L & M-style.
To measure the tension of your bobbin, place your bobbin inside the bobbin case with the thread unwinding the correct way, then insert into the TOWA gauge. Pull your bobbin thread and guide it underneath the bottom wheel, over the top of the top wheel and then inside the catch. As you pull the thread to the side, you will see the top wheel move down while the numbers increase. The higher the number, the tighter the tension. To loosen the tension, turn the screw in small increments counter-clockwise. Think, lefty-loosy righty- tighty. We recommend making small adjustments when tightening or loosening the tension screw. Think of the screw as a face of a clock, when adjusting, adjust in 15 minute increments. Please refer to Superior’s Tension Reference Guide for the recommended bobbin tension for all of Superior’s threads.
A tip for removing your bobbin from the TOWA gauge is to flip the gauge upside down and pull the release tab on the bobbin case while lifting the Towa up. This ensures that the bobbin comes out with the case.
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