Friday, June 7, 2013

It's either feast or famine!

Two posts in two days?  I know!  I am amazed at myself!!

Are you a long arm quilter?  Do tension issues with your bobbin make you a little twitchy?  I know they make me just a little bit crazier than usual.  There is a great video on YouTube by Jamie Wallen that helped me enormously.  I was always afraid of messing with that little screw on the bobbin assembly. My mother warned me to never, ever touch that screw so I didn't.  My method for adjusting my tension came strictly from the tension knob on the machine.  I would just keep cranking it up until the quilting looked good on the bottom.  I cannot tell you how many times I have gone under the long arm with a flashlight to look at my stitches!  I saw the video about a year ago.  Suddenly the light bulb went off, angels sang and there was a fresh breeze over my sweaty brow.

Today I am sharing the love.  Watch this.  You will thank me!


  1. That is awesome! I learned a few things! Thank you!

  2. I completely understand the tension with tension. Thankfully, I learned quite a while ago that it's OK to change the bobbin tension, both on the midarm and my regular machines. I used to use the drop test, but discovered that it didn't work for me on my HQ16 (too tight), so I'm glad to see that Jamie agrees. But I still keep a flashlight and mirror handy to check the stitches underneath every time!

  3. Thanks for the link. Next week I am picking up my HQ Sweet Sixteen and am watching and reading everything I can. This video was very helpful.


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