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  1. 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. 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. 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. APQS aluminum bobbins as was recommended when I purchased my machine. I wind them myself, yes. And thank you.
  5. 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. That is gorgeous, I love the way you quilted it!
  8. I have another question. If the machine glides super easily now with the new Bliss setup, would that be akin to the machine feeling like it on ice, more or less? In comparison, my HQ16 felt like that. It was wonderful for pantos, but I couldn't free motion well because I felt like the machine was out of control. Wouldn't it be much harder to backtrack with the Bliss setup?
  9. Thanks for the pictures! I have a question. With the new Bliss setup, will we have an "edge" now like other brand longarm tables, to butt boards or pantos up to?
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