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Hi,  wondering how people get good tension on their long arm when using magnetic bobbins.   I have removed the spring from the bobbin case however find it hard to gauge the tension due to the pull of the magnet when trying to test using the drop method.   Any suggestions advice is very much appreciated......thank you!

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I have two bobbin cases - one for the magnetic bobbins, and the other which always contains the spring for non magnetic bobbins.  The Drop Test isn't the best system so if your prewound bobbins are always the same make, for example all Glide, then setting the tension once is all you need.  So, load a test sandwich quilt, and work with the tension top and bottom til you get it right.  Then don't touch that bobbin case again.  Dropping bobbin cases is never recommended as that gimps them. 

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Marie:  If you're really interested in proper bobbin tension adjustment, do yourself a favor and invest in a TOWA bobbin tension gauge.  They're expensive, (about $70), but you'll be able to adjust for any type of bobbin you're using.  Since you put the bobbin in the tension gauge as you'd use it in your machine, you don't have to worry about which ever anti-backlash system you're using.  Jim

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