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  1. Thanks for your suggestions, ladies. Dawn called me back yesterday and got me to do a mag collar adjustment. That did the trick for the thread catching. Now we just need to address the tight stitches going right to left. I'm waiting for another call-back on that. Dawn mentioned yesterday that one thing I should check is my hopping foot. I just checked it, and I can slide a business card underneath it, but it doesn't seem level. I have to give the card a little push to go under in the front, but it slides under easily in the back. I'm not sure if it not being level is a problem or not, but I don't know how to adjust that anyway. I'll just wait till someone calls me. Thanks again for your suggestions! Lori
  2. I've already called and left a message with APQS to call me back, but while I'm waiting, I'm getting impatient. I thought it wouldn't hurt to post this problem on the forum. Maybe someone out there has had the same problem. My Freedom was stitching just beautifully a couple of days ago, but now when I stitch from right to left, the stitches look like they're stretched tight so they look like a shiny line. When I stitch from left to right, the stitches are absolutely perfect! I was having this problem before Christmas also, but I spent some time on the phone with both Amy and Dawn regarding a different problem, and this stopped happening. Now it has started again. So far, I have checked the thread path, changed bobbins, tried sr and no sr, changed speeds, put in new bobbin case, thoroughly cleaned and oiled, and obviously I have changed the tension on both bobbin and top thread countless times. I don't know if it's related, but also, sometimes when I'm tacking in or out, the thread catches on something. It's really hard to see exactly where it's catching. Sometimes if I just wiggle the machine a little to the left or right, it lets go, but otherwise I have to take out the bobbin case and untangle it from underneath while turning the fly wheel. It doesn't seem like it's a burr, it seems more like the thread is getting stuck or hung up on something. I hope this makes sense to someone out there. I'm at a loss, and meanwhile, my customer quilts are not getting done. I would appreciate any help! Lori
  3. Barb, thanks for the advice. I emailed them, and Dawn is checking to see what parts I need. She thought it sounded like the needle sensing circuit board is not working correctly. I appreciate your help! Lori
  4. Thanks Linda, I saw that video, but they were talking about the machine continually going up and down, and I wasn't sure if this solution would be the same for mine. I'll try it!
  5. This morning I started quilting a table runner, and about 20 minutes in, all of a sudden I couldn't get my needle to stay in the down position. If I push the button, it goes down and then immediately back up again. I have a 2012 Freedom. I always start quilting with the needle in the down position. Any help would be appreciated:) Lori Davis Empty Nest LAQ
  6. Thanks for your replies. I loosened the bobbin tension as far as it would go. Then I started working with the top tension while I stitched. It definitely improved, but didn't stop producing loops every now and then. Even when I had the top tension so tight that when I made turns the top pulled the bobbin thread right through, the loops were fewer, but just when I thought I had it, I'd see another loop. It's frustrating because it's so inconsistent. I'll keep working on it, but in the mean time, if any more ideas come to mind, please send them my way. I appreciate any help!
  7. I'm having a recurring problem with the tension on my APQS Freedom, and I sure hope that someone can shed some light on it. I'm working on a customer quilt, and I've stopped completely about half way through because I just can't seem to get control of this. I've attached some pics (I hope) so that hopefully this will make sense. I'll be stitching along, everything seemingly fine, and then a little loop will appear among my top stitches. Sometimes one or two, and sometimes a lot within just a few inches of stitches. Some are very small, and will probably even out once the quilt is washed. Some, though, are more than I can allow to stay there, and some are making a mess on the back also. I will definitely have to go back and frog some areas and redo them because I can leave them as they are in good conscience. I've tried everything I can think of. I've switched spools of thread, and I've switched bobbins. I've rethreaded the machine. I've checked for burrs. I've endlessly changed tensions of the bobbin and of the top thread. I've put a piece of batting in the thread cone, and a piece in the hook guide above the thread cone. I've moved the position of the hook guide. I've cleaned and oiled, and changed the needle. This has happened before, by the way, and the only difference that I can think of is this: When I've done a quilt that is thicker, as in 2 layers of batting, this doesn't seem to happen. When I think back, I'm pretty sure that this has only happened on thinner quilts with just one layer of batting. In fact, just before I started this quilt, I did one of my own with double batting, and it didn't happen even once! Same thread. I've attached 3 pictures (I hope, I've never added attachments before). The turquoise one is the backing. I sure hope this will be a quick simple fix. I feel strongly that it has to do with the thickness of the quilt for some reason. Thanks!
  8. Thanks everyone. Someone from the forum private messaged me, and we're arranging for her to probably send them to us while we're in California. Someone also gave me a place in Alberta. Thanks again, Lori
  9. I'm trying to get a start on a panto collection. I only have the two free ones that came with my machine (I'm a newbie). I did my first customer quilt yesterday, and she picked one of those pantos. I didn't think I would, but I actually quite enjoyed doing it. Money doesn't grow on trees (as you probably already know), and I would have to probably order a couple a month to slowly build up a collection. Problem is, every time I order something, I get killed on the shipping. Does anyone know a good Canadian place to order them from? We're going to Annaheim, Calif., next week. Does anyone know if there are places that actually sell pantos off the shelf? I'd just for once like to buy something and not pay an arm and a leg for shipping. Lori Empty Nest LAQ
  10. I have been looking for pantos. All I have so far are the two free ones I got with my machine (I'm a newbie). I'd like to start building a collection. I'm in Canada, though, and I don't know how well the shipping would work out. Lori Empty Nest LAQ
  11. Okay, I have a couple of questions. First of all, we're leaving next week for a 10 day holiday in Annaheim, California. I've googled quilt shops out there, but I'd like to hear from other quilters. Which shops should I make sure I visit? Next question: Is anyone out there selling their pantographs? Lori
  12. Way to go. You did a great job. I've tried a panto, but I haven't done a quilt with one yet. Lori
  13. Thanks ladies, I went ahead and started quilting and it's all good. Dawn, thanks for the tip about the CD. I hadn't realized all that info was on there. That's a great resource, and so is this forum! I always get great advice, and always so promptly that I don't have to waste a lot of time. Lori
  14. I haven't quilted a lot of quilts yet, but so far I've usually used one layer of either 80/20 Hobbs, or 100% cotton. I just loaded a quilt that needs 2 layers of batting. Do I need to raise my hopping foot? It's lightly touching the top of the quilt. I don't have any different needles, so I hope that's not an issue, but I also don't know how to raise the hopping foot. I have a 2013 Freedom. Any advice would be appreciated. Lori
  15. I just love when things work out. I tried simply putting some batting in the thread guide above the spool, and it worked. My tension is perfect, and no more loops. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! Lori
  16. Thanks for the suggestion. I will try it tomorrow and let you know! Lori
  17. My Freedom is having a little issue with her stitches. I can't quite figure it out. I've got the tension set, and it looks really good, but then all of a sudden I'll get a couple of loopy loose stitches on the top. Sometimes it happens after a few inches of stitches, and then maybe it won't happen for 20 or 30 inches. Sometimes it's just 1 or 2 little loops that will probably even out once the quilt is off the frame and relaxes. Sometimes, though, it's 2 or 3 loose ones that are too loose to leave in. It's frustrating, because aside from this happening sporadically, the tension is really nice. I've tried changing thread, changing bobbins, re-threading. I checked for burrs, and my check spring is fine.I haven't tried stuffing some batting in the thread path - would that help? Where would I stuff it?(no smart answers) I don't even know if the problem comes from the top thread or the bobbin thread. I hope somebody can help me. Lori Davis Empty Nest LAQ
  18. You are such a wonderful person! I can't imagine what this poor woman's state of mind and heart would be if not for you. Time is the most precious gift, and if you stick quilting in with it, it just doesn't get much better. Thanks for sharing your story. It's very inspiring. Lori Davis Empty Nest LAQ
  19. Congratulations, it's absolutely gorgeous! It reminds me that I still have so much that I want to learn. Thanks for sharing. Lori Empty Nest LAQ
  20. All great ideas! I have one daughter in University taking Vet Med, and she volunteers at a dog rescue. The other daughter is very involved with dog agility and pet rescue. I also really like the idea of throwing a second muslin over an already used practice piece and using it again. Also, I will definitely be saving certain pieces for samples of my work, and to track my (hopefully) improvement. Thanks for all the great ideas! Lori
  21. I've been bonding with my new Freedom for a few weeks now, and my practice panels are starting to pile up! I've just been buying cheap muslin, and using as many scraps and odd pieces of batting as I can. I just don't know what to do with all of the practice panels once they're so full I can't fit in another stitch. It seems so wasteful to just throw them out, but what else can I do? What does everyone else use to practice on, and then what do you do with it? Ideas? Suggestions? Lori Davis Empty Nest LAQ
  22. Great advice everyone! I will get right on that list. Thanks Lori
  23. Ha ha, this is a great video. Some of it is frighteningly familiar. (Don't tell my husband I said that) Lori Davis Empty Nest LAQ
  24. I've just been online looking for a bobbin cam. I really only found one, and that was "A Quilter's Eye". It looks great, but pretty expensive. I've used one on other machines, so I know I'd like having one. I can live without it, but climbing under with a flashlight gets kind of old, especially if I'm having trouble getting my tension adjusted. I would like to hear anybody's thoughts on the subject. Do you have one, or wish you had one? Do you know of another less expensive alternative? Thanks, Lori Empty Nest LAQ
  25. I've just been surfing around on the forums and soaking up info, and in many situations that quilters have written in about, I've seen suggestions to try a new bobbin case. I'm still new to this, and don't really have a customer base yet, but I'm just wondering if it is wise to have a new bobbin case on hand in case the need arises. I'm imagining having people waiting for their quilts while I wait for a new bobbin case to arrive. Are there any other parts that it would be wise to have extras of on hand in case of trouble? Am I just being paranoid? Lori Empty Nest LAQ