I got some surprising news last week! I have a Pfaff Grand Quilter, which I really like. It’s a big, heavy machine which only goes forward and backward (think inexpensive) and because of its big motor, sews so smoothly. I have been having some issues with the tension and finally got it so screwy that I knew I needed help. I went to the store that services it and sat down with the store manager. It happened that one of the technicians was in the room working on something else. When I explained that I was having problems with the tension, they both said “Why are you moving it?”. I was so surprised! Every quilt teacher I have had in recent memory talks about fiddling with the tension.
They both said that there was no reason to adjust the tension. I am always fascinated by all the sample squares that sewing machine stores have, and the woman got out a stack of different fabrics, leathers and a quilted piece and sewed through all of them with very nice stitches. When I asked why all these teachers would say to move the tension, she said she had no idea. One teacher I had also mentioned fooling with the tension on the bobbin and they were horrified by that.
I must say I am relieved. I have been sewing since I was a little girl and never touched the dials until I started quilting. I have always hated doing it and I find the dials on the Grand Quilter a bit difficult to read. Now I will happily ignore them. ( Jasmine promises to supervise.)
I am curious – what do you do?