Perfect Thread Tension

How to achieve Perfect Thread Tension

Have you ever wanted to have perfect thread tension every time you sewed or quilted?  Are you confused with how your bobbin case works or how to calibrate the settings?  Sometimes those tension knobs at the top of your machine are confusing too!  I have been in the same boat, but recently discovered a wonderful trick to help me achieve Perfect Thread Tension no matter what type of thread, fabric or batting that I decide to use!  In this article, I will show you how I thread my Long Arm machine and what I do to get that perfect tension!

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Winding the Bobbin

The Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP uses M sized bobbins (which are larger than domestic machine bobbins).  I typically like to use a 40 wt thread when quilting, but I seem to always have the 50 wt thread in more color variety – so I am using that quite a bit right now.  Here are some basic steps to winding the bobbin on the J-350 QVP.

  1. Begin at the thread spool and pull the thread through the thread stand guide.
  2. Bring the thread through the Thread Guide Base and then have the thread come back toward the bobbin.
  3. manual wind thread around the bobbin several times.
  4. Place the bobbin on the Bobbin Winding Shaft and move the Bobbin Presser towards the bobbin.
  5. Hold the thread end while the thread winds into the bobbin.
  6. When you get enough thread on your bobbin, the Bobbin Presser will fall back.
  7. Take off your bobbin and place it in the Bobbin Case.

Calibrating the Bobbin tension

Unlike the top tension of a sewing machine or longarm machine, which requires significant rotational movement to adjust tension, turning the bobbin case screw 1/4 turn in either direction can have a large impact in bobbin tension.   I was recently introduced to a nifty tool to help me calibrate my bobbin tension.   The TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge associates a numerical value for bobbin tension.  It is easy to dial the bobbin tension in with each new bobbin or when swapping top threads. When I use my TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge, in my quilting routine, I have saved time and it helps me to start each quilt with proper bobbin tension.  Check out this video to see how easy it is to adjust the bobbin tension.  Also check out this handy day reference chart by Superior Threads!

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Threading the Machine Head

I found that threading the head of the J350QVP is just like threading my DU1181N.  This threading is also similar to most sewing machines as well.  Threading the head of the machine is super easy, but in case you are new to threading this type of machine, here are the step by step instructions and a nifty diagram (thanks to my owner’s manual)

Threading the Machine Head Juki 350 QVP  Achieving perfect thread tension is essential when sewing and quilting.  Check out these tips and tricks and watch the video tutorial.  #forBeginners #Easy #ForTheHome #DIY #Sewing #troubleshoot #Beginner #simple #video #sewingmachine #quick #tutorial #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Threading the Machine Head Juki 350 QVP.  Achieving perfect thread tension is essential when sewing and quilting.  Check out these tips and tricks and watch the video tutorial.  #forBeginners #Easy #ForTheHome #DIY #Sewing #troubleshoot #Beginner #simple #video #sewingmachine #quick #tutorial #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

Ensuring proper overall tension

Proper needle thread tension is like a game of tug of war.  When both sides are equal neither sides are winning.  When one side is winning and one is losing your tension is off.   The key to finding out which way to turn your tension dial is to find out what side is winning and losing.  Is your top thread loose and bottom too tight?  Or is your top thread tight and your bottom loose?  One way that makes this easy to tell is to use a white piece of fabric to test with two different color threads that will show nicely against one another. The graphic below explains this nicely.  I would actually suggest printing the below picture and keeping it with your sewing machine for a quick reference.  Trust me it will come in handy!

Proper Tension for Machine Head Juki 350 QVP.  Achieving perfect thread tension is essential when sewing and quilting.  Check out these tips and tricks and watch the video tutorial.  #forBeginners #Easy #ForTheHome #DIY #Sewing #troubleshoot #Beginner #simple #video #sewingmachine #quick #tutorial #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

I hope you have found this guide helpful in order to achieve the perfect thread tension for your machine!  Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section and I will be sure to try and help!

Happy Quilting!

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I love my Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP

I have wanted my own Long Arm Quilting Machine for a very long time.  For the past few years, I have been renting time on my friend’s Long Arm and have dreamt about the day that I could get a Long Arm of my own.  As you may know, my sewing studio is rather tiny.  In my studio, I already have my Industrial Juki DU1181n and my domestic machine as well.  After my cutting table and ironing board, I barely have enough room for my cabinets and fabric storage!  I thought I would have to wait until my kids moved out before I could have enough room for a Long Arm Quilting Machine.  Well, that changed when I stopped by Quilter’s HQ to check out the latest Juki Long Arm model.  Let me tell you about some of the features with my Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP!

Compact Size and Adjustability

My Juki Miyabi 350 QVP measures 35.4″ x 33.7″ (that’s the main table).  I also have the optional table extensions which provide and additional 15.7″ on each side.  This brings my total table top measurement to 66.8″ x 33.7″.  This fits perfectly against the west side of my studio!  The table is also adjustable.  I can either sit or stand to use my Long Arm Quilting Machine.  I am currently loving to stand when I quilt.  While the table is compact, the quilting area is more than enough space!  This machine has an 18″ depth and a 10″ height!  That’s a ton of space!

Regulated Stitch option

The feature that immediately caught my attention was the regulated stitch capability of the Juki Miyabi.  I have used both constant and regulated Long Arm Quilting Machines and really love the results of a regulated stitch.  A regulated stitch basically means the stitch length stays the same (or is regulated) no matter how fast you move the fabric under the needle.  If you notice the little white boxes in the base plate (pictured above) – these are basically sensors that watch the fabric as it moves under the needle and adjust the stitch speed accordingly.  Brilliant!  The Juki Miyabi also has 3 other stitching modes, which are Basting, Constant and Manual.

Programmable LCD Touch Screen


I have the basic (out of the box) display and functions, which include the Automatic Needle Positioned, Foot Control, bobbin capacity indicator, and stitch length (just to name a few).  I can control the settings with a simple touch and the interface is easy to understand.  There is plenty of room to upgrade the controls of this machine.  I have big plans for the future!

Foot Control


Threads are automatically trimmed by push button with the exclusive Juki knife system saving time and increasing efficiency. Upper and lower thread cutter with auto set thread lock. Choose the preferred threads locks prior to auto cut or choose and auto thread pull to bring your threads to the top of your quilt.  This machine also has the electronic foot control with quick control thread cutting.  The foot pedal can also be programmed to work one of two ways:  1.  Used like a regular domestic machine (the harder you push the pedal – the faster the needle runs).  2.  Push the pedal to start the programmed stitch and then push the pedal again to stop the stitching. I like to use the second option the most!

Great Visibility

This machine has Dual directional LED lighting for bright, true white lighting of your quilting area.  Having this bright light, directed onto the immediate work area is great for my eyes!  I often like to Quilt at night and this additional lighting is such a relief to my eye sight!

Warranty and service

The Juki Brand offers an excellent factory warranty.  One of my favorite things about having this machine is the service I can expect from the Shop Owners at Quilters HQ.  Robert and Joan personally installed my machine and helped me get started on this new quilting journey.  Robert came back to install my extender sides while Joan gave me all sorts of tips and tricks to get me started.  They are super helpful so check out their website to see what they have in store for you!

There are so many more features to share about my new Long Arm Quilting Machine, that I have decided to start a series about it!  Be sure you are subscribed to my email newsletter so you won’t miss anything.  I have loved learning all about my new Juki Miyabi J-350QVP and can’t wait to share more about it with you!  Stay tuned for videos!

ps – I need a name for my new machine!  I’m not sure if I want to give it a girl or a boy name, but I’m pretty sure that I want the name to start with the letter “J”.  Comment below on the name you would suggest for my new Juki!

Happy Quilting,

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