I spent more time today playing and trying different threads. It looks like the bobbin thread tension my Juki likes is 60-70 according to the TOWA. I was using So Fine top & bottom and the tension looked pretty good. I was using stitch length #5 on the Grace Sure Stitch.
Then I tried King Tut on top and So Fine in the bobbin. I used the same TOWA number and I could see that the top thread was coming through to the underside of the quilt so I tweaked the top tension a bit. The tension looked better. I was still using the same Sure Stitch setting but these stitches look just a little long to me. Since that’s the default setting when you turn it on, I figured there must be a reason for that so I’ve never changed it except to baste.
I changed the bobbin to one of those pre-filled bobbins (don’t remember the name) and I checked with the TOWA. I didn’t have to change the bobbin tension at all. I still got pretty even stitches but they were still a little longer than I think I would like.
Remember the Thread Art the Juki kicked to the curb? I decided to try it on top and left the bobbin unchanged. Guess what? It looked great! So I got brave and changed the Sure Stitch setting to #6 which is a tad bit shorter stitch. It was really nice!
Feeling almost invincible (I know…dangerous), I tested a bobbin filled with Thread Art and realized that the bobbin is a poorly wound bobbin so I tossed it to the side and put a different one in. You can easily tell because as you pull the bobbin thread through the guide, the indicator needle swings wildly if it’s wound badly. I made the necessary bobbin tension adjustment to get the TOWA between 60-70.
I did a test run of stitching and got out my mirror & flashlight to check the back of the quilt. On my! It was nice! Really nice! Top & bottom really nice! I am so impressed with the TOWA. It was a little pricey I think but it is so worth it.
So, I’m headed back to the quilting room to find a piece of batting for the quilt I’m ready to load. The backing is already loaded. I did that earlier this evening. I have to break up those stand-up kind of tasks. I’m having a little issue with a nerve in my back and don’t tolerate long periods of standing.
I’ve got layouts printed so I can pencil in how I want to quilt it. I’ll let you know how this quilt turns out and maybe even post a photo. Wish me luck!