A Little Tension Never Hurt Anyone!!!

I bought my Juki Sewing Machine about 2-1/2 years ago and I have really enjoyed it….except for my machine quilting!!   

I have never been fully happy with the tension when I was doing free-motion quilting and I NEVER was able to get “ruler” quilting to look good.  I had the top tension dialed down almost to 0 and the bobbin stitches were still making their way to the top…..IMG_7500

So, after spending a little time with Google, I came across a video by Westalee Rulers that talked about changing the Bobbin Tension.  Like most of you, I was taught that you NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER did that. 

Well, I was just frustrated enough to give it a try and, with much fear and trembling, I pulled out the screwdriver and got busy, adjusting it by about 5 “minutes” each time…..


In this case, I had to INCREASE the bobbin tension which also meant that I could tweak the top tension to be a bit tighter as well.

And guess what……IT WORKED!!……IMG_7502

I spent a couple of hours free-motion quilting on a current project and had NO tension problems and NO thread breaking.

I have also decided to use a ruler to quilt the border which should make finishing much faster!!

So one of my goals for 2019 has already been reached…..learning more about doing ruler-work!!!  


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