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Longarm Tension Issues

Posted: 25 November 2015 at 6 a.m.

Stop Thread Breaking

Do you have thread breakage or shredding on your longarm quilting machine?  Do you experience frustration with looping or birds nests? 

We’re here to help!  Our first tip: use Superior Threads (we know you saw that coming!).

Our second tip is to read our education articles.  If you can’t find the answer, please call, email, or visit our booth at one of the many quilt shows we attend.  Sometimes the answer is a simple adjustment, and we’d like to help you make that adjustment before you sprout a few more white frustration hairs!

Today’s longarm tension tip comes from a happy customer, Ron, who visited us at Houston Quilt Festival.

“I have a longarm, which has a 36 inch throat, so the top thread path is quite long. Fantastico and Magnifico were frequently breaking.  I tried many things with no success.

However, after speaking with Bob at the convention, I decided to try relieving the tension via the three hold guide near the front of the machine.  Normally, I go through the top hole, wind around, then through the bottom hole.  I tried just having the thread pass through the center hole with no winding.  

tension plate

Voilà!  Worked great.  I took the most difficult of my Fantastico threads and have completed six quilts with no problem.  And, since there were no other changes, it is very easy to change back for using other threads. Thank you for helping me solve my thread issues.”

What a happy ending.  May we help you with your longarm quilting frustrations?

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