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My Husqvarna Designer I has an upper thread tension problem... the thread gets "caught" right at the beginning point of the threading process and the machine comes to a dead stop. There's major bobbin thread throw-up on the reverse side. Also, it refuses to consistently freemotion on my quilts. Many clunks, needle breaks, thread throw up, etc. Help!

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My guess is that it is the thread spooling off the reel that is the problem. Some of those specialty quilting cottons come on reels with plastic ends that have rough spots particularly knicks where you are supposed to "park" the thread end when you are done sewing. Run your fingers around the rim at each end of the reel and choose the smoother one to be the one closest to the threading mechanism. If neither end is suitable, flip the spool holder upwards so it is standing at a right angle to the machine, make sure the large spool holder is on then put the thread on - you won't need the smaller spool holder on top. Let the thread feed off from the right-hand side i.e. "under" the thread spool, across to the tension disks etc. Also be sure that the thread is not jumping out of that first thread tension slot.

Posted on May 26, 2010

Testimonial: "Thank you for your help! I have found that putting the spool in the upright position and bypassing the first part of the threading will help ease the tension problem."

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