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Threadtension wrong when free motion quilting

I have a Bernina 153QE and am freemotion quilting on it. I am using sulky blendables thread. The top looks fabulous but when I turn it over the bobbin thread is straight but the top thread is too tight on the back and forms loops. Do I need to change the bobbin tension? What tension should the top thread be?

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  • alibritt37 Jan 06, 2009

    Thank you so much. Today I turned the dial on top (I think it's the balance dial). It's usually set on 3 and I turned it to 5 and it was perfect.

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If the thread under the fabric is loose you need to tighten the upper tension. If it's on 4, bring it to 5. If it's on 5, bring it to six and continue doing that and sewing till its perfect. You may need to decrease your lower tension if you can't get it just right.

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Free motion quilting is a finicky function, much more than most other sewing. Since you are getting loops on the back of the fabric, try increasing the upper thread tension. Tension causes the top and bobbin threads to pull against each other. If the pull is not equal, the threads will be pulled to one side or the other.

If you continue to experience looping under the fabric, it could be that the top thread is not fully seated in the tension disk. Try this:

Remove the top thread completely from the machine.
Be sure to install a brand new sharp needle.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning.
Retest your machine.

However, if you don't find a fix, $25 for the special bobbin holder is probably a reasonable cost if it takes care of the problem. The reviews seem to be good:

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