cjtinkle

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  1. cjtinkle

    Can't get tension adjusted

    It's not entirely resolved. I am stuck with using matching thread top and and bobbin, or I still see bobbin thread on top. I loosened the screw in the tension so that the take up spring wasn't pulling quite so tightly, and that helped... some. I'll finish the quilt I have loaded and work on it some more.
  2. cjtinkle

    Can't get tension adjusted

    Yes. I took the maintenance class in Iowa when I bought my machine, along with my husband. We've both gone over the machine with a fine tooth comb. The fact that regardless of tension adjustments, the bobbin thread is always showing on top, indicates to me that there's a mechanical issue somewhere.
  3. cjtinkle

    Can't get tension adjusted

    Thanks, no it's not the batting, I'm sure it's a mechanical issue, like a failing check spring on the tension, or a loose hook collar, etc. Still waiting to hear back from support.
  4. cjtinkle

    Can't get tension adjusted

    APQS aluminum bobbins as was recommended when I purchased my machine. I wind them myself, yes. And thank you.
  5. cjtinkle

    Can't get tension adjusted

    But I've always used a size 4 needle with this combination and it's been just fine. My sandwich is not to tighten. Really, what I am looking for is suggestions to check things that I haven't, and that aren't typical issues.
  6. Hi everyone, my 2010 Millennium has sat untouched for a bit over a year after the death of my son. I finally decided I was ready to quilt again, and have spent the past week doing cleanup and maintenance. No matter what I do, my bobbin thread is peaking through to the top. Please keep in mind I've owned this machine for 8 years and am pretty comfortable with it and its quirks. I have rethreaded multiple times, tried different threads, changed needles (using a 4.0), change needle position slightly to the right and left. I've made certain that all of my thread guides are in the correct position, nothing is catching on them, and my tension spring is at 11 o'clock as well. I cleaned thoroughly between the tension disks with rubbing alcohol. After cleaning under the bobbin case finger and no luck, I opened a new bobbin case, and new bobbins as well. I doused out the bobbin area with WD 40 with the machine on high speed, blew it out with the compressor, and re-oiled. I checked the hook shaft for play, there is none. I made sure my hopping foot was level and at the correct height. I can loosen my upper tension til there is nothing left to loosen, and tighten the bobbin tension until I can't even get it to drop with the drop test from a hard shake, and STILL the bobbin is peaking to the top, and on sharp curves, it's pulling to the top. This makes no sense. I can turn around and loosen the bobbin tension back to normal (I adjust mine like Jamie Wallen, that's always been perfect) and tighten the upper thread, and it pretty much looks the same, other than the stitches are looser. What can I possible be overlooking? I am so frustrated, I've spent a week trying to sort the tension out. I sent an email to support last night, what happened to 24/7 support? I called this morning, and they're closed. Sorry to be so grumpy. It's not like me to need help with a sewing machine... ever. LOL
  7. cjtinkle

    Changing out to M Bobbin?

    I'll do so today, I was planning to anyway, I was just impatient to find out and had hoped someone might know over the weekend LOL
  8. cjtinkle

    Changing out to M Bobbin?

    Holy cow, a grand? I think I'll pass if so. Wow!
  9. cjtinkle

    Noisy Bobbin Area.

    My bobbin basket is terribly noisy. It rattles away like crazy. My hubby just did a complete servicing on my machine, repacked the gear box, re-timed it, etc. It has a great stitch, but that noise.... I clean out and oil after every other bobbin as well.
  10. cjtinkle

    Changing out to M Bobbin?

    I'm not on the forum much, but I thought I remember reading a while back that APQS now offers both L and M size bobbin machines. I have a 2010 Millennium, with the L bobbin. Can it be changed over to the M size? If so, anyone know the price? Can it be done by the user or does it have to be sent in? And last, are people with the M bobbin machines having just as good of tension?
  11. Yes I'm really torn. If we find a farm for sale with a room big enough to house it, versus building new on our existing land, it won't be an issue. I hate the idea of losing so much money on it.
  12. That's okay Marci, I know it says that. Thank you Libby, but if I do decide to sell it will be a package deal. I'm not in a hurry, so perhaps I'll just think about it some more
  13. Amen, I know that's true Peggy! I've spent way too much on this hobby... And thank you !
  14. Thank you ladies. I guess I should sit down and try and figure out the value of everything I have. I might have a heart attack if I do that