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I have a Bernina 1080. I absolutely love this machine! But...when I try free motion quilting the top looks perfect but the back looks awful. The upper thread is looping on the back. I have had the machine serviced several times just for this issue. I have worked with and adjusted both tensions until I finally get it 'just right' . In both cases it doesn't stay ritght.. It goes back to the looping. Is it my thread? What thread should I be using? I do thread through the 'eye' on the bobbin case. I have spent hours on this and have gotten no where....you are my last hope!! ;o) Char

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I know that you think that your are threaded right, but, try this old trick, with the presser foot up, pull on the top thread, it should feed smoothly, now put the presser foot down, and pull the thread, it should barely move. Sometimes, that is what will make the thread go into the tension discs in the threading path. Try a new needle, too. Good luck

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