How to Check Your Longarm Tension

Just like with a domestic machine, beautiful stitches on your longarm depend on well-balanced tension.

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Happy Machine Quilting Monday!

The single most important thing to do if you want gorgeous free motion quilting, is to learn how to adjust your tension to get beautifully formed stitches on the top and back of your quilt. I've written a full tutorial on adjusting tension that you'll find helpful if you're not sure how to identify tight, loose, and perfect stitches. Then, this video will walk you through how I apply those same tension principles to working on my Longarm.

If you have more questions about tension, just drop them in the comments below-- I'm happy to help! Also, if you are just getting started with Free Motion Quilting, I'd like to invite you to my FREE online class, Intro to Free Motion Quilting, which is taught on a domestic machine but is applicable to both domestic and long arm sewing. Learn more and sign up by clicking the link below:

As always, I'd love to connect with you on Instagram-- you can find me @stringandstory

PS If you adjust your longarm tension, and you are still having issues, especially with thread breaking: First, check for burrs along your needle plate and make sure your needle is the correct size for your thread. Then, make sure your presser foot is properly adjusted. This video can help:

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