jtlevitt

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    Which foot is the ruler foot?

    I was searching the forums on this because I have the very same question. I have a 2013 Lucey. Is the foot I have on it the closed foot you are talking about? Honestly I didn't know there were different ones. So, do I need to manually file off the bump on the back? I could never figure out how people could use something like a circle ruler because it hits on the back and moves the ruler. Thanks for the info! Jess
  2. Thank you, Jim! That was exactly what I needed written out. Turns out I was doing it right, and I can't really explain it but a little more tinkering and re-threading and I got it going again. The bobbin was definitely not wound too loose. Not spongy at all. Madelyn, I currently have it threaded through 2 of the 3 holes, wrapped around. But if I run into trouble again I will try weaving it. Thanks! Jess
  3. Thank you Angela. That's how I have it done and I was able to get it to work nicely for a bit before calling it a night. I do my tension by feel like that and I did discover I have to do it before I put the thread in the pigtail or it just falls out. I might try going just a smidge looser on the bobbin tension. Glad to hear someone else uses Aurifil with success. Seems like very few use cotton but I love it. Jessica
  4. Lyn- I have a Lucey. Not totally sure I get the u-turn. When I pull on the bobbin thread should the bobbin be turning clockwise or counterclockwise? Pretty sure I've done it both ways and had success and failure with both. And now I've re-done it so many times I totally forget what way I had it when it was working well. Thanks. Jessica
  5. Hi all. So I'm a newbie and it was going smoothly until tonight. I'm having thread breakage issues. I'm using Aurifil 50wt. I did some sample pieces and a whole quilt with it and really had almost no problems, so I know my machine can handle it. But I have a new quilt loaded so I wound bobbins with my new bobbin winder (the Gammil one which is 10 million times better than the sidewinder my instructor gave me because I still don't have the one that was supposed to come with my machine) which is certainly a variable. I think maybe they're wound a bit tighter but I have the winder tension pretty loose. I cleaned the machine, changed the needle, and re-threaded it. Right away the thread broke pretty quick. I adjusted the tension and checked the bobbin tension. Then it worked OK for a bit. Maybe 45 min. Then it broke again. and again. Then worked ok. Now keeps breaking. SOOOO... I've been re-threading and changed the needle, and rethreaded the bobbin and adjusted the tension. But now I'm kinda stuck. I'm sure I can figure it out, but I'm without a manual!!! I can't believe there isn't one online. I have the 2 CDs that came with the machine somewhere in this house, but I don't know where they got stashed. And I can't find online anywhere how to thread the machine and bobbin. I can't believe there is no printed manual (I'll totally print it myself when I find the CDs) or online reference. I really need to know how to thread the bobbin. I think I'm doing it right but not 100%. Also if I remember correctly the manual didn't say anything about the tiny little pigtail thingy on the bobbin case. Can I assume I'm supposed to go through that? I know I didn't for the last quilt because I wasn't sure and it was fine, but I'd be surprised if it was there and I wasn't supposed to use it. Anyone know a reference for the thread path and how to thread the bobbin online??? Any help is appreciated! Thanks. Jessica
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    Expectations for a newbie

    Hi all. Just wanted to pop in with an update. If you had asked me yesterday I would have said everything was going SO smoothly. I did several practice pieces and my first actual quilt top before Xmas. I love it! I have been using the Aurifil 50wt thread and have had no problems. Sure it's a bit linty but if I clean out every so often, no problem. I haven't been bothered by the maintenance. I thought I had the knack for cleaning out the lint and oiling etc. For a little bit I had some thread breakage, but simply decreasing the tension was all it took. The whole quilt I did freehand with no problems. Then I loaded another quilt. Now I'm frustrated with thread breakage but I know it must be solvable because I did it before. I'm going to start another thread with questions about this issue, but thanks everyone for all your help. And, "hi" Coral. Let me know how it's going for you. Jessica
  7. Hi all. So as I anxiously await my new Lucey (all paid up but no date yet), I'm working on getting my space all set. Can anyone tell me more specifics on the size and space around it needed? APQS lists the footprint at 5'x12; (getting a 12' frame). I've heard 2 ft all around. Do I really need access/space to move at both ends? Can one be near a wall and the other be where I walk around? 2ft seems small to actually stand in, is that really just talking about clearance for the machine moving back? Do I need to plan much more than that? and while we're at it, what's the maximum quilt size you've done on a 12ft frame? Thanks so much! Jess
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    Going Modern

    Awesome job! I'm a modern quilter myself so you won't be seeing any feathers on my quilts as I start to use a longarm. Thanks for sharing some nice inspiration! Jess
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    Expectations for a newbie

    These are awesome answers, guys! thank you. Part of why I got an APQS was that this kind of support is out there. I guess it's mostly a matter of getting in the habit of cleaning things out. I will get an air compressor. And it's looking like I'll need a different bobbin winder too. I know there are different weights of Aurifil, but I do like the thinner since I usually don't want the quilting to stand out as much. I'm a piecer at heart and that's what I want to be the most prominent. I assume I'm going to get maintenance instructions with my machine, right? Like on the DVD or in the manual. Or will I need to be looking here, on the main APQS site and on you tube? Can't wait to get started! Jess
  10. Hi Everyone. I just ordered a Lucey! As you can imagine I'm super excited. But now, as I wait, buyer's remorse sets in...well not remorse, but worry. My background is I'm a very confident quilter, published author, pattern designer etc. I've been quilting for more than 20 years and I've quilted most of my quilts on my DSM. I know and love my DSM very well. I have a Viking and I almost never have any trouble. Might have to tweak the tension once in a while but other than that it's a work horse. I've had it 9 years and had it serviced only once. And I'm embarrassed to say I'm terrible about cleaning it. I almost never do and I usually only change the needle when it breaks. So, as you can imagine I'm nervous about maintaining a longarm. I've been reading around this forum and all the tension troubles etc are scaring me. I'm really not worried that I won't be able to do it. I'm mechanically inclined and good at troubleshooting etc so I'm fairly confident that I'll get it to work. I'm just nervous that I won't like it. Fiddling with a machine and having to clean it a lot is so not my thing! So really do I have to clean out the bobbin case every time I change it? And oil and clean the machine after every quilt? And am I really going to have to spend forever balancing the tension? I'm also concerned about thread. I really wasn't a snob. For many years I used the basic Coats Dual Duty in all my quilts. Never had a problem, even without cleaning. But I have been converted to Aurifil. I love it. The colors are awesome. Its smooth and beautiful. And I love that it's cotton. I know that poly isn't really "sharp" anymore, but I like to use all cotton (fabric, batting, thread). So I'm wondering if I'll be able to stick to Aurfil 50wt. I'd really rather not explore threads forever. Maybe I'll try So Fine or something for a thread that disappears a little more in the cases that I need that, but do you think I'll be able to make Aurifil work? Oh, I should have mentioned that I'll mostly be quilting for me. Maybe a few customer quilts but mostly I ordered a longarm because I want to continue to do it all start to finish myself. I wish I could believe that Lucey will just work without a lot of thought or care. Is that possible??? Or should I be getting my mind ready for a change? Thanks!! Jess