Leopold the Longarm

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! Finally, if you are totally new to free motion quilting or if you aren't sure how to grow and develop your skills, I'd love to share my Top Three Tips for Successful Free Motion Quilting! Click here, and I’ll pop it straight over to your inbox!

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: