Austin Bell

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    Bobbins

    Check with your closest local APQS shop, or order directly from APQS. In the Austin & Cedar Park, TX, area I get my supplies from Over the Top Quilting. They also have a good selection of Glide poly. thread by Fil-Tec that works well in my George. I ordered 50 aluminum L bobbins initially. I ordered a bobbin winder off Ebay. The literature says it came from Lancaster County Quilting Creations. It will wind M & L bobbins. I've had mine for several years. I paid 99.87 & 10.60 shipping. There is also a web site address - www.QuiltingMasters.com I learned the hard way to cover the oil wick on the back side of the head behind the needle with a bandaid when using the machine. That prevents your fabric from getting oil spots on your project if it bunches up behind the machine when you're quilting. Get a small, good LED flashlight and keep it handy so you can clean, check for threads and oil the the bobbin case and keep it very clean. (Tweezers too) I also pull down my bobbin thread at least 8" and make sure it's releasing from the bobbin case smoothly. I hope you enjoy your George.
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    HELP!!! George misbehaving

    I've experience this problem numerous times, and have been able to move the flywheel and it get it going again. The first time I turned it on it made a horrible sound and the needle was frozen in place and wouldn't move. I was told to make an adjustment under a black grommet on the back and that helped get it going. Could this affect the timing? One of my most frequent problems has been breaking bobbin threads, particularly after stopping and repositioning my hands to quilt another section. Most of the time the stitches look good. I've used Superior Omni & So Fine and Filtec Glide threads. Bobbin case it clean, oiled, and the tension looks good as I pull the tread and it releases from the bobbin.
  3. My George is snuggled up next to a wall. I quilted several long table runners for a friend and learned to cover up the oil wick on the back of the machine with a bandaid, or to pull the table away from the wall when quilting something that might bunch up behind the head. I found oil spots on the project after completion.