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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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