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  1. Hi, I've had a lot of trouble with thread break, backlash etc since getting my new to me machine 3 months ago. It's run pretty well the last 6 or 7 quilts I've done with minimal thread break and good tension. I hadn't oiled the bobbin area in all that time as last time I did I got horrible backlash, loop and thread breaks. I oiled the bobbin area again last night and the same thing happened. I've attached a picture - it's almost like a chain stitch on the back! When I tighten the top tension the thread breaks immediately. Has anyone else had anything like this happen when they oil the machine?
  2. I have a problem that I've had before in the past, and can't remember/find the solution. Big random loops on the back. My tension spring rest at 11on top,and goes down to 9 when the thread pulls through. My pigtail goes from 8 to 2. My top tension is tight to the point of the thread breaking. I have a thread sock on and have rethreaded to try and alleviate some of the twist. My top stitches bubble when this is happening on the bottom. I can't feel any rough spots or burrs anywhere.Dawn!!!!! Waaaah!!!!
  3. Admin please advise

    Hello again, I posted this topic on the forum about two weeks ago and recieved a few responses. I've also spoken with Amy, but so far my problem hasn't been solved. I've been a machine quilter for 12 years, so I've dealt with tension issues plenty of times. About a month ago, in the middle of a quilt, I started getting random loops on the bottom of the quilt, as though my top thread was too loose, etc. I tried to fix it, like I have hundreds of times over the years. Nothing I've done has fixed this issue. I've adjusted my tension assembly, re-timed, checked for play in the hook shaft collar (there wasn't any), replaced my hook assembly, checked for burrs, etc. People suggested that it's the thread or bobbins. I've tried switching out bobbins and thread....the change makes no difference. The only thing that helps even a little is cranking my top tension so high the thread nearly breaks. And even then, the random loops remain. Like 15-20 per twin size quilt. I'm looking for some ideas, preferably from an admin or someone who has dealt with something similar. Like I said, I'm familiar with many of the basic fixes, but this has me stumped and I cannot continue to work on quilts like this. Please help. Thank you! J
  4. Need advice

    Hello all. About two weeks ago my Millennium developed a thread breaking issue along with an occasional loop on the back side of the quilt. I've dealt with tension for twelve years now and I know how to fix most issues, but this has me stumped. I can't seem to get rid of that loop problem. Any tighter and it's constant breakage. Loosen it even a little and there are tons of bottom loops. I'm wondering if the tension assembly needs replacement, which I'm probably going to do either way. I go through a lot of quilts, roughly 600-700 per year, so my machine takes a beating. If anyone has some advanced fixes, please fill me in! I've emailed Amy,but no response and I need some guidance. Thank you!! J
  5. I've had this problem before, but now I seem to have it with almost every quilt - a small area where the tension is off and then things are fine again. I can hear it in the stitching, but I'm doing nothing different in that area than any place else. This quilt is about 50" by 60", quilted with a loose meander. Bottom thread is Glide (not pre-wound); top is Superior variegated. 4.0 needle used only for a 20" by 24" wall hanging before this. I have done all the things I know about - checking for debris, watching the thread path when I stitch (which I can't do when I'm actually quilting), cleaning everything I can imagine. Adjusting the tension doesn't seem to make sense because it's fine everywhere else on this quilt. The thread/bobbin thread/needle combo must not the be the problem because it works on the rest (99%) of the quilt. What can it be? Any advice welcome. Robin P.S. I hope you can see the photo. Let me know if it's not clear...
  6. I'm having a problem with random loops on the bottom of my quilt. I don't understand what is happening all of a sudden. I have quilted about 50 quilts with my Nolting 23". It has a stitch regulator. I just started doing customer quilts and of course this new problem has started. I have used the same Maxilock thread. I have been using the same color on top and bottom. I decided to use the customer's Signature thread as she wished. The tension was all messed up and threw tons of loops on the bottom of the quilt. I adjusted and adjusted and adjusted the top tension knob. Suddenly I realized that the cord from my laser pointer was touching the spool of thread and was the culprit. Now I can't get the tension quite right. I have done three charity quilts as practice to get the tension correct. The machine is still throwing little knots on the bottom at random. I am pretty sure it is doing it when I slow down, but I'm still not sure. Here are the pictures on my blog: http://new2quilting.blogspot.com/2013/10/help-longarm-tension-problem.html Thanks for any suggestions you may have.