hbuchwitz

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    Hook buffing questions

    I buffed inside the needle hole & the bobbin basket. I have an M so it has what looks like a big mouth on it when you look down from the top. buffed that really good. Cleaned it up, added oil & it worked great.
  2. So after I finished a few more quilts it was really bugging me so I did more digging, found a post from Dawn explaining how to oil the top of the bobbin case - did that. The next quilt was awful! Didn't help that it was an old "whole cloth" scrap piece that I was just trying to stick back on & finish to let the hubs use it (it has minky on one side - he & kids fight over minky quilts).... but the batting was upside down. Kept breaking threads, changed out everything. Finally tried a different sandwich. Still had issues. Took a few minutes with Angie from APQS, fixed both the bobbin rattle (just needed MORE oil from the top) and some guidance of extra places to buff & it's great now.
  3. hbuchwitz

    Hook buffing questions

    Ok so I hadn't heard the pigtail thing. Wasn't it. Called Angie at apqs today. Buffed things I didn't know you could buff and it's stitching great!
  4. hbuchwitz

    Hook buffing questions

    Ugh - my machine was making some noise & between quilts I checked out some old forums (should have probably just called apqs and still probably will tomorrow), but I added some oil to the top of the hook assembly. That & a different quilt top are my only changes. Thread is breaking constantly. it's being frayed somewhere. In checking through the hook - the only rough spot I have is on the "V". That's not shown as a place to buff or not to buff on the manual. Is there supposed to be a little tick there? Can I buff it? Anybody know? I should note I have adjusted tension, changed needles twice, changed the bobbin thread & the bobbin case, changed the top thread to a different cone & a different brand (from superior/superbob to glide/magnaglide & every combination). Rethreaded fully multiple times. Thanks
  5. Yes M Bobbin. I do feel a bit silly even caring because it's working great. I think it's one of those things you get a loaner car from the dealer for the day & suddenly you are questioning squeaks and quirks of your car -which isn't broken. I will still give a call and/or play them the slow video - I think that's where the sound is the easiest to distinguish from sewing noise.
  6. Yes cleaning every quilt with WD40 & spraying with air every time I oil. What do you mean by "deep cleaning" Is that more than the between quilts air followed by wd-40 while running the machine & then dry and oil and run some more? I figured I would maybe email Dawn or give them a call tomorrow. It makes no noise without a bobbin case - not sure about without a bobbin - I haven't tried that combo. I should note - it stitches fine & has been doing this for a while - I realized it a month ago because it's not super loud especially when using SRegulation. I've been messing with stuff & paying attention for a few weeks though & now it's under my skin. I am assuming that click click isn't normal from these comments then right?
  7. My machine is less than a year old but has made this noise for a while. I thought it was just normal but a month ago my mom was here and we went long arm shopping for her. When we went to the local apqs dealer I didn't hear hers doing it. I have been troubleshooting since. Here's a fast and slower video (just changed the machine not video speed - both are with sr off). both videos are unlisted but you should be able to view with the link what I've noted so far - When I oil the bobbin area it goes away for 5 minutes things with no effect - i have changed needles multiple times - i have used different threads - i have used different bobbins (manga glide, super bob, self wound) and different bobbin cases - I checked and cleaned the top of the machine (inside left panel) - my wicks are all properly oiled all the time i oil every bobbin change and lately more often, especially this last week hubs and kids were off work/school so I would oil every time I started even though the bobbin didn't change
  8. Is the batting maybe upside down? I think you get more poking through when it's down side up loaded on the machine.
  9. I pinned a quilt today along the bottom every few inches between the top & bottom roller bars in the front. Not densely like I would when attaching it to the rollers -just enough to hold it in place while I quilted. Kind of what MaryBerth suggested but I did it between the bars so I had easier access for getting my fingers in & knew they couldn't be hit by the machine. That really helped! I ordered the clamps from Quilters Apothocary.... the magnet bars just don't work at all for me.
  10. I love that idea & I think that will totally help! I tried those magnet bars - but they don't "stick" super good - so I'm thinking I'm challenged or Harbor Freight changed them. I ordered some of the clips that Quilter's Apothecary sells but they haven't shown up yet.
  11. Thanks Mary Beth! This last one was a lot of piecing on the diagonal - so I started out with it on the top roller but just couldn't get it to roll nicely no matter how much finger "scrunching" I did (Dawn's twisty method that I have no idea what it is really called - but to overcome the seam bulk & load it "tight" on that top roller.... it was a challenging quilt with a lot of bias stretch in it. The customer has another one coming so I want to know what to do next time to make life easier!
  12. So nobody actually basted across and down the entire length of the quilt without quilting the exposed area? That's what I was wondering to counteract the problem on the very large quilts. How does the tape measure thing work Mary Beth? Do you have a picture?
  13. I've had some issues with extra wide (king) quilts & ending up with excess fabric by the time I get to the bottom. Happens floated, pinned, with the pinned I can see the problem earlier but still don't know how to fix it! My side borders bow outward even if the top itself doesn't. I even had this happen on a whole cloth quilt with extra wide back for the backing & the top... no piecing at all and I didn't even worry too much about the edges being off - I just quilted straight down & made my "cut" line if that makes sense.... but I still ended up with loosey goosey in the bottom when I got there. I posted a question pertaining to this in pantos but didn't get any response. This section had a similar question but I saw a lot of comments about straightening rollers - mine are pretty new still (machine since July). So I'm wondering - would basting across & up/down all the way through the quilt and then going back to quilt help?
  14. hbuchwitz

    Help: Floating Top & not keeping square on frame

    I'm wondering this too - and not necessarily for modern quilts.... just extra wide ones. Should I be basting across all the way down & then going back to do the inner quilting? I only have this issue with very wide quilts, pinned or float.