…. The adventure continues…,
This last week has been full of ups and downs, believe me! Unfortunately, more downs then ups but I am glad it’s over. Mayhaps this next week will be a bit smoother? Lord, if you’re listening, please make it so! I know what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger but, this is a bit ridiculous if I may say so.
I have been surfing the ‘net for any info I can get a hold of, and trying everything that is suggested.
So, these are the problems and fixes(if found or figured out) that I have been dealing with:
Tension. Ugh! This was the first thing I encountered once it was loaded and ready to sew. Took 2 hrs of fiddling with it to “fix”. Tried 40 wt. thread, 50 wt. thread, tighten bobbin, loosen bobbin, tighten upper, loosen upper. Re-thread upper, re-thread bobbin. Wind a new bobbin, try it. Tried different needles, some same size and others a smaller size, all of these things in numerous combinations. This is what I discovered; you just have to keep at it until something works together. There is no easy fix for tension unless you just have one problem with it to begin with. If you have loops on the bottom: tighten upper tension. If you have loops on the top: tighten bobbin tension. That is the simplest problem I have been able to fix, and can spot it a mile away now.
Skipped stitches. Grrr!! This one is my downfall and if the machine wasn’t so damn heavy, it would have been out the window and on the lawn already. I am not talking a 2 stitch span of missed stitches, I am talking inchES of them! I have tried so many things, countless times and nothing has permanently solved this one yet. However, I just popped over here from one of the yahoo groups I am a member of and happened on what may be THE fix for me! :happydance: It was suggested over there that maybe my frame is up too high off the bed of the machine. I did raise it up during the last quilt I finished and have not moved it back down since. Hmm, I think I will try that tomorrow and see if it works.
Breaking thread! Oh my word, if I can ever get through one pass without having this problem… it will truly be a miracle! This one I don’t know how to fix either since a fix that works one time doesn’t work the next time. I am thinking there are a number of issues at play here, all at the same time, that are making this an on-going problem. Sometimes it’s the thread itself, other times I have no clue why it broke. Maybe this time it was a tension issue, and next time it will be a threading issue since that seems to happen a lot. Why does the thread come out of a thread guide while sewing? One in particular, the thread guide just above the needle that guides thread into the needle, refuses to stay “threaded”. Damn thread slips out of it on the first stitch every single time!
Now, out of those 3 issues, breaking thread is the biggest headache for me. I know I said skipped stitches were my downfall but once I do get it to stitch nice and even… yep, the friggin thread breaks. So, I reckon those 2 actually go hand in hand. It skips and that puts too much tension on the thread so it then breaks. Makes sense to me, how bout ya’ll? “Am I still having fun though?”, believe it or not, yes I am. I am not one to back down from a challenge and I refuse to let “Bessie” and her big ass beat me! LoL! I will win, it just may take several more weeks and lessons from Bessie to teach me how to win. So, here is a pic of what I have managed to get accomplished in the last week:
Left one is while it was still on the take up bar during the last part of quilting it. Right one is the top and my sad attempt at loops! But, the stitches look beautiful despite the hours it took to produce them. So maybe I am doing something right, sad part is, I don’t know what in the hell that is!
That quilt has been finished and I have a new one on the frame already. Thus begins my problems all over again. Ah well, life’s a journey right? I do hope all ya’ll have a great Easter and enjoy your weekend!