This was yesterday, for me.
I took apart the machine, again, but even more this go round. I took her all the way down to bare bones and cleaned, cleaned, cleaned her. Then a good solid oiling and put her all back together. Thanks YouTube! I am still having tension issues but they are getting better. I just wish I wasn’t still trying to figure out the exact tension required for a complete pass. Grr! At this point, I have learned so much I don’t even know what I didn’t know, but I sure do know it now. ^_^
Yes, that totally makes sense. To me anyways. I s’pose I shouldn’t even be calling it tension issues as the stitches look great. Nice and even tension there. Just the dang ole top thread randomly breaks and that does get a mite bit frustrating, if I do say so myself. But I do believe it is tension related. The top tension has to be so tight, in order to not get the loopies on the back, that I think it is why that thread keeps snapping. I am noticing that if I tighten the bobbin just a slight bit and then loosen the top tension a bit, the stitches still are balanced. Maybe I am on to something here..? Eventually, I hope, this will even out and be just right.
Yes, I know you are not s’posed to go over and over the quilt. Like I’ve said before, I don’t have a high opinion of the Quilt Police and they don’t ever come round here so, I will continue to go over and over until I learn this machine. I am no longer intimidated nor afraid of it and will not hesitate to grab the nearest screwdriver(which is always on the bed of the table) and start taking her apart. Yay! me. Hubby just shakes his head and “warns” me not to mess it up or break it. Puh-lease! I have tore apart 4 of these old girls and put them back together, correctly even, many times. Granted the other ones were all treadles with the shuttle bobbin and this is a rotary bobbin(which I have never messed with, too finicky IMHO)
Now I have to admit, at one point yesterday I did have a “teeny-weeny-accidenty”. There I was, sewing along and actually making a long pass when I looked down and saw it. ….. A tiny screw. o_O “Ah shite, where did that come from?” It so happens I had taken off the entire bobbin assembly to clean and re-time it. I thought I had tightened the 3 screws that hold it in place. Hmm, I reckon not.
No biggie, the other 2 screws were tight and nothing had moved. Popped that screw back in, tightened it and off I was again. Now hubby doesn’t get why I have so many problems with Bessie. He says “She used it for 20 years, must have worked just fine for her… what’s your problem?”. (Oh yes, I am so proud of him in moments like this) :rollseyes: So I says to him “Well, mayhaps it did and mayhaps it didn’t. HOWEVER, in 20 yrs it WILL work fine for me too. Ya arse-hole!” LoL! Isn’t 23 yrs of marriage just “grand”? I love it when he just shakes his head at me and walks away, leaving me to my “mess”. Then I can concentrate and not “break it”.
So, how did I come this far in just one day? Did I mention YouTube? If not, it was all thanks to a morning spent on YouTube. Google search totally sucks and gives me nothing. Ever. I don’t know why I still use it when I am looking for something. So, go to YouTube and search longarm. You will get tons of videos, most are actually relevant and helpful, the rest ya can just pass over. I have watched all of Sharon Shamber’s(?) videos, especially those that deal with longarms. There she has a video for another guy that covers your tension assembly. This video was spot-on and so incredibly helpful as I was no longer afraid to touch that part after just watching it. After that, I found a video by Jamie Wallen that literally was perfect for my issues. You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1mRhcquZTM . It is called “Taking the stress out of Longarm tension”. Now this guy is amazing, I have watched a lot of his videos and he is just so laid-back and nonchalant, most definitely not one to say “you MUST do it this way to get this result”. A very relaxed kind of teacher, I would highly suggest taking a gander at some of his vid’s and seeing if they offer insight or just a few tips for ya. You could apply a lot of his tips to domestic sewing machine quilting even, not just for longarms.
So this weekend, thanks to Sharon’s vid’s, I am gonna add 2 more thread guides and see if this helps to relieve some of the drag on my upper thread. Can’t hurt to try it, right? Of course, that’s after a much needed break with a trip to the OKC Zoo tomorrow with the grandson, Chunky. ^_^ Happy quilting to yuns!