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MegaQuilter Tension My MegaQuilter is driving me nuts! Someone please help! If I adjust top tension (to stop thread bunching on the bottom side of the quilt), then my thread shears off and breaks at the needle point. If I back off of the tension - even just a little bit - then the thread doesn't break anymore, but the backside of the quilt looks horrible again. What am I doing wrong?!? I've threaded and re-threaded and reseated the bobbin as well, but neither seems to work.

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  • littlemkl May 12, 2009

    Thanks! I did try a new needle, and Inspira 90 Topstitch, that was reccommended by my dealer. It works perfectly now......I've been flying through quilts all morning! Thanks for the tip!

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Try at least 2 new needles first (HLX5, preferably Schmetz). If same, look for any rough edges on the needle plate and feed dog cover.
Beyond that, this does not sound like you are doing anything wrong. You should take your machine in for adjustment by an authorized technician. You should have about 1/2 to 1 full turn of the upper tension knob between too loose/ugly on back and too tight/breaking on the top.

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  • radcal May 13, 2009

    I assume that anyone with this type of problem has tried a new needle. Needle manufactures may have a quality level of no more that 1 needle in 500 may be faulty to pass their standards. I have inserted that 1 of 500 and still had a problem while working on a machine and found that changing it the second time solved the problem. Closer inspection with magnification revealed a malformed needle that had come straight from a box of new needles.

    Inspira topstitch needles are not recommended for use in the 9" MegaQuilter. Please be advised that the owner's manual recommends the HLX5 needle ONLY.

    A topstitch needle will have a larger eye so it may help the machine sew if the hook timing or needle-to-hook clearance aren't quite right.

    I strongly urge you to stay with the HLX5 needle recommended by the manufacturer.


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