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  1. Stace: Since alwaysquilts hasn't visited the forum for nearly seven years, I doubt you'll receive a reply. If your machine labors and stitches slowly, you may have thread wrapped around the hook, or wrapped around the thread take-up assembly. If so, remove all the thread, oil, and see if that doesn't correct the problem. Good luck. Jim
  2. On the other identical post I mentioned I made myself a similar set. I however, use mine differently. I hook the "loop" end over the leveling roller, not the backing roller. Jim
  3. I just made me a very similar set a few weeks ago. These look good. Jim
  4. We have a Pacific Steam gravity feed iron we've been using for 7 or 8 years now. It's great! It never leaks, and does not shut off automatically. It's used by 6 or 8 quilters two or three days a week.(on all day when we sew) It's a bit on the heavy side, but does a great job. We've had Rowentas and Ollisos, none of which performed flawlessly. None was very durable. The gravity feed irons aren't portable, but they do work well. We highly recommend them. Do buy one with the hand heat shield, however. I have friend who bought a gravity feed (another brand) without the heat shield, and she finds it too hot for her hand. I think I paid about $150 for it in 2011. Jim
  5. Sew scrap strips of fabric to the ends and sides to give yourself enough room to clamp. I would have had the owner do that before accepting the job. Jim
  6. Pat: Do you use your channel locks to keep the quilt square? That should help some. Fabric stretches, especially long border pieces of fabric without piecing seams. In the future, make an effort to "square" the quilt each time you roll it. Use the locks to maintain vertical lines on the edges, and across the quilt wherever there is a horizontal line. You may have to quilt in some fullness each time you roll. If you pull the top tight, you may be moving any fullness in the piecing to the bottom corners. Hope this helps. Jim
  7. I've meant to correct the misconception about this "gunk" for years now, and I guess now is the time. The black material you see here is not simply aluminum oxidation. There might be some there, but most of it is something else. I believe it is cotton dust, sizing, and dye, along with the dust we find in the air all the time. "How can I be so sure" you ask. Because I have anodized tracks on both of my machines, and I still have the black build up. Anodized aluminum does not oxidize. It is a coating created to specifically deal with aluminum's propensity to oxidize. I don't think APQS bothers to anodize their table rails, the ones for my Ult 2 were raw aluminum, which I had anodized myself. The Ult 2 carriage was anodized when I got it, as are the rails on my Gammill. I still get that black build up on them. I haven't addressed this issue before, because dealing with it, whether aluminum oxidation, or simply dirt, is the same; clean the rails with some evaporating solvent. But I've decided to set the record straight so someone else doesn't have parts of their table anodized in hopes of eliminating the problem. Jim
  8. Draggingbutt: The reason you don't see issues with the Quilt Path discussed here isn't because there aren't any, but because the Quilt Path group only allows Quilt Path owners to visit the site, and you must be invited to join. Jim
  9. The M bobbin holds almost twice the thread that the L bobbin holds. Jim
  10. Perhaps too basic, but you do know that seams will push your machine off line? I have constant issues with seams when doing SID. Just something I've learned to live with. Jim
  11. When I get loops, it is usually because there is something wrong with the upper tension. Try tightening and see if the problem goes away. Jim PS: because Tut is cotton, check your bobbin case for hidden lint.
  12. I dislike Moda fabrics for exactly that reason. Rather than being dyed, it appears that the fabric is "painted" and the back side is very light colored. When you sew on it, some of the threads roll over showing the light color of the "wrong" side. The "pokies" aren't really the batting showing through but a problem with the under lying fabric. Jim
  13. The metallic rattling you heard is probably the bobbin basket hitting the finger that controls it's travel. It's hard to fiddle with the hook without rotating it sightly, and that might be what you're feeling. There shouldn't be any play in the hook. It should only rotate and not move any other way. Jim
  14. Peggy: I don't know which winder you have, and I don't have a "official" AQPS winder, but I've had my after market industrial winder stop on me in the past. I solved the problem by removing the motor brushes, blowing the dust out of the motor and de-glaizing the brush surface. If you can get at the motor, you might try that. Jim
  15. Karen: Try tightening up your top tension. Crank it up until the top thread is pulling the bobbin thread to the top, then start loosening it until you get a good balanced stitch. You might try and use contrasting color threads top and bottom to help see the stitches while you are adjusting. Good luck. Jim