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Flat Lining on back in one direction

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I'm having a problem with my bottom tension where it flatlines.  I can get the tension looking good except when I move the machine from right to left and sometimes front to back.  How do you fix that if the tension looks great the rest of the time?

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Poor tension that shows up only in certain directions (moving the machine from right to left and from front to back) indicates needle flex.  I wrestled with this on a charity quilt where they gave me tightly woven poly-blend bed sheet backing (NEVER AGAIN!!).  So the culprit could be a very tight weave fabric, like bed sheets or batiks.  You can also get needle flex tension problems if your quilt sandwich is pulled too tight on your frame, if your needle is too small, or if you're moving the machine too fast.  Try loosening your quilt sandwich in the frame if it's taut like a drum, try slowing down, and try going up to a larger needle and see if any of those help.

Rebecca Grace

www.CheekyCognoscenti.blogspot.com 

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