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  1. Dawn that link goes to a page that says "oops"... . I have had a problem with my regulator for a long time where it "lugs" (I guess it could be the motor lugging) and takes long stitches and then goes back to normal... It almost always happens in the middle of the quilt... then it will stop doing it (so maybe only does it at the top of a quilt?) and possibly won't do it again for months...My encoders all look good, but encoder wheels seem to be moving in sync with the wheels... Could this be a motor brush problem?
  2. Thanks guys! Dawn had me send an email with pics of the back and diagnosed it immediately ... I had to tighten the screw in my tensioner discs... Worked like a charm until yesterday... I advanced the quilt, which had looked fine for 1/3 of it, to find the whole back looking furry with massive loops everywhere... All the other times it's happened it's been random and I always had "bubbles" in the top thread to give me a heads up... So I've spent the last 2 days ripping... Gonna go tweak the tensioner screw again and tighten up some tensions... Hope that does the trick... sigh...
  3. I have a problem that I've had before in the past, and can't remember/find the solution. Big random loops on the back. My tension spring rest at 11on top,and goes down to 9 when the thread pulls through. My pigtail goes from 8 to 2. My top tension is tight to the point of the thread breaking. I have a thread sock on and have rethreaded to try and alleviate some of the twist. My top stitches bubble when this is happening on the bottom. I can't feel any rough spots or burrs anywhere.Dawn!!!!! Waaaah!!!!
  4. SO SO cute! I just finished one and I like what YOU did BETTER!!!!! Great job!
  5. Thank you everyone for you help!!!!! Amy in service said, after seeing the picture, that it's my back lash spring... I need to bend the arms up a bit. So I also ordered a couple new ones and a new "take up spring" just to make sure it never does go bad (you know, if you have the spare it will las forever :-P )... WHEW! For me it's being able to identify what is CAUSING the problem so I know where to focus...
  6. I have just spent the las two days ripping out the stitching on a whole last row of pantograph.... The whole quilt was fine with the exception of a few random loops on the back... most often in a point.... I get done with the last row and unpin and have a whole row of thread barf..... I rip (full 8 hrs of ripping). I make sure my top tension is tight... it's so tight if I tighten it it breaks every couple minutes....my bobbin tension WAS 110 on the towa I loosened it to 100... cleaned my bobbin area/case, checked the backlash spring, decided to replace it just in case.... all was well
  7. I've done it a few times with batting and found it to be fine. Not too heavy at all.
  8. Thanks Lois! I did it... Turns out my needle bar was too high as well... My cousin who is handy with tools came over and helped me and that made is SO much easier.. I kept having the hook move when I was testing it's location and the needle would get pinched in between she metal pieces...But we got it done and it's stitching beautifully, EVEN if I tweak the tension one way or the other... WHEW!!!!! I really think I experinced the "perfect storm" of issues all at once... What would make my needle bar move, btw? Hitting a ruler? Cause I have done that more times than I can count....
  9. Thank you Dawn! I just wanted to ask before I did the "drastic" thing...(I'm askeered of timing) ...Amy did have me check for hook play back when this started. I think I've had multiple issues at once...burrs in my take up lever and u tension spring thingy. Burrs/rough spots in the thumb of my mitten.... and when I replaced/buffed all these out i was fine MOST of the time, but still had this occasional issue which has become obnoxious on the last 2 quilts using Bottom Line... And I would be GLAD to switch threads if there were something else as fine I could use on quilts that need thin threads
  10. Dawn I am still having issues and there really is no rhyme or reason to them... I'm running Bottom Line on top maxi loc in the bobbin.. a combo I've run more times than I can count and the top thread is SORT of shredding but not always. I've adjusted both tensions every way from here to eternity and it will do great then go to hell in the same bobbin... I'll have railroad tracks on the back occasionally, then not.. but the BIGGIE is that the top thread will start to not make stitches but there will be needle holes then stop stitching all together (I have loosened my top tension/rethreaded so n
  11. Exactly right Chris!!!!! I'm going to call Amy Monday and find out if the take up lever was replaced when it had it's spa treatment 2 yrs ago... If not then it's lasted 4.5 yrs running almost only Rainbows and just now had it's first problem...If it was replaced that gives me a good timeline as well...It has worked about 10X harder the last 2 yrs than it did the first...So it was seriously due to have it's first hissy-fit... Thank YOU for staying with it for ME DAWN!!!! OMG you were a lifesaver being on here and answering the bat signal after hours and on weekends... I SO appreciate y
  12. Oh wow... I just ordered everything ELSE on the side of the machine AND a new bobbin case... I didn't know about the lever!!! I'll call them Monday...Thanks for suggesting it... but... uh.. is it hard (hardware-y hard) to change? Cause that just scares me... I already stripped the screw that holds in the hook finger.. NOW I know to use ice to loosen a screw... but didn't.. My "hardware jane" cousin is going to come down w/a dremmel tool and cut a new slot in it so I can get it out...I ordered replacement screws btw..
  13. Update: If what I did is wrong, I don't wanna be right... So I've been working on this problem since my last post and think I just now, today, have it figured out.. I think I actually had TWO problems, top and hook.... I did find a rough spot on the "thumb" in the hook, in the U part... I sanded it smooth but still had problems with shredding..I sanded and buffed every piece of hook assembly I could get to w/out taking it out... I cried to Amy on the phone for ... well... IDK but she stayed after 5pm one night to keep me from putting an axe through the machine... I've thought
  14. Very cool Meg!!! You are too funny! I'll check there too! Thank you!
  15. Thanks Meg! Do you still have the instructions? In the bobbin case? By 'v' you mean where the thread slides down then goes behind the tension thingy? I'm so "techical" huh?
  16. LOL... I wondered if I was just not seeing the instructions! Thank you they were very helpful...My timing appears to be right on... I still have occasional shredding...I've done all the steps suggested. The only thing that seems to help is to bath the thread in sewers aid (6 lines down the cone...not a LITERAL bath ) I'm running... So for that I'm happy. Thank you! I don't know how to function when my baby machine isn't perfect!
  17. Thank you Dawn! Yes I do use the titanium needles....The pictures will be great to check the needle depth... I'll watch the check spring as quilt tomorrow...Yes my 3 hole is at 8 Oclock...
  18. Okay, I'm running... not perfect but have a border and sashing done w/only 3 breaks... the sashing no breaks...I was able to loosen the top and not get bubbles... I had no play in my hook shaft, or burrs that I could find, but when I dropped oil in from the top and then rubbed some thread in there a wad of something (lint?) from under the hook thumb thingy... I thought that was it but still had breaks so I changed the needle again... One thing it does that I don't remember it doing before is that when I start out and am taking a few stitches w/the one stitch button it sounds/feels snag
  19. Thank you!!!!!! I have a direction to go! Consider yoursef cyber-hugged! I'll keep you posted on how it goes!
  20. Oh and I forgot to add... when the top thread is lose enough to NOT shred, it has bubbles/loops on top...so I tighten it enough to stop that and instantly it shreds....
  21. I have shredding... and it makes me want to put an axe thru my sweet baby machine..... I've read all the recent posts on this and have tried changing my bobbin case..I haven't hit a ruler, did NOTHING but changed threads to a different color of the same thread...(Rainbows, use it 99% of the time)... Limped thru the last quilt... thought it was my needle, I had changed it when it first started and thought it wasn't high enough... but no.... new quilt... same issue...shredding by the needle...AAARRRRRGGGGGHH!!!!! I've rethreaded, changed the thread path in the duck bills, emery corded every
  22. Oh wait I should have read page two before I posted.. they are CL?
  23. Stunning! Love it! Okay, its true, I have fallen off the planet (and poss bumped my head ) but what are the DiamondZ templates pretty please? TIA
  24. Great job! Wow that one would have had me stumped for sure! LOVE what you did..
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