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Having earned a place on the MIA list here on QWU, I would like to lay to rest the rumor that I am dead, having suffocated under a pile of fabric in my sewing room!  (Okay, I came close but managed to crawl out from under my stash just in time.)  Work takes more of my time than it used to, which allows me a little extra ca$h to play with, but less time to play.

I am trying to actually quilt some of the tops that I've made.  I came across a very good deal (almost makes me feel guilty) on a Husqvarna Viking Platinum 16 with the sit down table.  Well I had to buy it, didn't I?  It had only been used for two quilts, but the seller has a very small sewing area and decided to sell this machine.  There is a Viking dealer about 40 minutes away, but I am wondering if anyone else has experience with this machine?  I'm having trouble adjusting the tension, and seeing where to oil the bobbin area of the machine.

Thank you, Terry

P.S.  Probably time to update my profile!

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Comment by Sandy Larkey on March 31, 2016 at 5:02am

I do not have a long-arm machine, but one of my friends has (had?) several.  One tip I learned from her --- never, never, NEVER use an aerosol can of air to blow the lint out from around the bobbin area.  She wound up spending half an hour picking the lint back out, with a pin--after spending half an hour (long distance) on a call to the service rep. for her particular machine.   Other than that, all I can say, is good luck! 

Comment by Roxann on March 24, 2016 at 9:01am

I don't have that machine but I do have a long arm.  Remember with tension if you get frustrated WALK AWAY or trust me you will not only drive yourself crazy but make things worse.  EVERY machine is different and it took me FOREVER to bond with my machine.  What worked for others DID NOT work for me.  Stick to ONE thread and one thread only when adjusting your tension and once you have a grip on what your machine likes then you can play around with threads.  Superior threads has an excellent diagram and tension tips that I have printed out.  Jamie Walden also has a very good youtube video on adjusting your tension, but like I said remember yours might not be exactly as he suggest but work from his suggestions.  BE PATIENT you WILL get it!! :)  On my machine when I take the bobbin case out there is an indent where I oil.  I oil after every bobbin change and also take a stencil brush and brush out the lint.  You might want to invest in a TOWA guage that guages your bobbin tension.  Once you know what your baby likes guage it!  I use a guage for EVERY bobbin so I know I wont have to worry.  Most machines take VERY small adjustments to the bobbin case and so does mine, on my machine the top tension is adjusted at 1/4 turns, most of my other LAQ friends take more 1/2 to 3/4 turns for adjustments.  Like I said you WILL bond with your baby and tension will be a piece of cake once you figure out what she likes.  Congratulations!!!

Comment by LKC on March 23, 2016 at 4:29pm

When you take the bobbin and bobbin case out you will see the area to be oiled. Start at the top of the inter case and let the oil dipped to the bottom. Oil at least after every other one. Look at You tube by Jamie Walden. He has one on oiling the machine. Also other companies making longarm machine explain tension and bobbin. I know I have watch some from HQ. Do not limit your self to just your machine. I have learned by watching every free You tube I can. You can even sign up and on Friday you Tube will send favorites and teaser. Very helpful.

Comment by Barb/WI on March 21, 2016 at 4:56pm

Congratulations!  Hope you get it going soon so we have more quilts to admire!

Comment by Bonnie on March 21, 2016 at 4:20pm

There is a yahoo group (and a facebook group that doesn't let me in since I don't post quilts on facebook) for HQ sweet 16 which is very similar.  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HQ_Sit_down_Model/infohttp://www.facebook.com/HandiQuilter

Tension is not like a DSM- use big full clock turns on the top, but start with the bottom first.  It should just pick up off the palm of your hand when you tug on the thread of the bobbin in the case.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 21, 2016 at 4:10pm

Wish I could help, but it's great hearing from you!  I've heard that all longarm machines have their tension quirks - it's just a matter of figuring them out.  Not that it would discourage me from having a longarm if the opportunity should ever present itself!  :)  I'm so glad for you!  You'll have so much satisfaction in quilting your own quilts.  The great deal was just a bonus.  

Comment by Pam/NY on March 21, 2016 at 3:24pm
Hi stranger
You have all the toys and now another one! Good for you...

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