Here is the offending machine. It is a Husqvarna Mega Quilter. Currently it is set up in my dining room at the 10 foot span.
It has always had a problem with the tension and I thought I had conquered it. I brought it to a Sewing Machine person who was supposed to be the best around and it came back in exactly the same shape it left. I am not sure he even did anything to it for the $120 he charged me.
It is complicated to thread, although not impossible. You have to be a contortionist or be left handed, which I am neither. When it sews correctly, it does a fabulous job of quilting. I wonder why they have all those twists and turns when you thread the thing. Like this, why not just make it go straight into the tension thingy. That way I won't twist it incorrectly and mess up a whole row of quilting......duh.
I bought it second hand with the idea that I would decide if I liked a long arm and then become proficient at it. But since it has the tension problems, I have not become proficient at it. That and my mom and Dutch and my life last year. You know the drill.
I have about 20 quilts that need quilting and I think I will attempt to become proficient at doing this. I have all these quilts, you see.......
glen: ohhhh! It is only the 8th and I am already down 7.5 yards! Whoo hoo! Good because I will be out of the country for 9 days soon! No quilting while having fun!