monakeegan

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    Pearland, Texas
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    Quilting, Sewing, Cooking, Walking my dogs, Retirement!

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  1. monakeegan

    Lubricating Frequency

    Forgot to add, the other day I went almost 4 bobbins and I got rattle in my bobbin area!
  2. monakeegan

    Lubricating Frequency

    Jim, Thank you. I also clean out the bobbin area and the tension disks very three bobbins. Seems to keep it happy.
  3. I have had my Millie almost 5 years now. I wonder if my oiling or lubricating frequency is normal. I have determined that I need to check the wicks for oil and clean and lube the bobbin area every three bobbins used. I use L Type Bobbins, almost exclusively the MagnaGlide Bobbins. Is my schedule normal? My machine provides consistent stitching with this schedule. Thanks for commenting.
  4. I have a 4 year old Millie. She is a great machine except that I cannot rely on getting good quality stitches going right to left or going up. Is there anyway to avoid this? It is so consistent in giving me inconsistent quality stitches that I do all I can to avoid stitching in those directions. But, I don't seem to have these problems with pantographs. Isn't that weird? I keep thinking it is something I am doing wrong. Hope you have some help for me.
  5. I have a 4 year old Millie. She is a great machine except that I cannot rely on getting good quality stitches going right to left or going up. Is there anyway to avoid this? It is so consistent in giving me inconsistent quality stitches that I do all I can to avoid stitching in those directions. But, I don't seem to have these problems with pantographs. Isn't that weird? I keep thinking it is something I am doing wrong. Hope you have some help for me.
  6. Thank you so much. That is what my husband thought. Happy 2018. mona
  7. I would like to move my Millenium across the room about 14 feet. The floor is smooth hardwood. Is there an easy way to move it? Must is be taken apart?
  8. monakeegan

    Still having problems

    Been reading here and there on tension, loops and Glide thread. Working on a modern design on lots of negative space. So, thread performance really shows. I have been getting little, irregular loops on the front and back at random unexplained spots. After studying and sleeping on it, I put a small sausage roll of batting in the thread guide over the cone of Glide Thread. I just sewed a full line across this 80+ inch top and NO LOOPS, above or below. Does this "steady" the feed of the Glide thread into the machine. It seemed to come off the cone rather erratically before the batting was in the guide. Not complaining, just learning. But, is this why it helped?
  9. Dawn, you just made my day. I found this on the Forum after leaving Amy a "recording" of the rattle. She will probably be laughing hard. I took the plate off and oiled as you suggested. Lo and behold, no rattle. What a dummy. I oil in the bobbin case at the bottom as you showed us in the maintenance workshop in early 2015 at Chris Ginkens studio in Houston. I probably have not down this thing at the top in a while. Will need to do a better job. Was really scared. Thanks for the Forum!! mona
  10. Is there any way to leave the needle down and raise the hopping foot on my Millennium? I am wanting to attach a binding with a scalloped edge. Need to leave the needle down and raise hopping foot to accomplish each inside turn of the scallop. Thanks.
  11. monakeegan

    Varying Top Tension while Stitching

    Just got back from the Vet with my two dogs and a trip to order a new microwave. Our microwave gave up the ghost on Friday morning! Seven years old, but used lots. Anyway, I have reinstalled the tension assembly because I think I had it too far into the machine. Will also check for burrs. Maybe there is play in the hook collar. I did take Dawn Cavanaugh's maintenance class that was offered here in Houston last winter. I think it is a good thing I took that. Will let you know and a big thank you to each of you for the input. mona
  12. monakeegan

    Varying Top Tension while Stitching

    Thanks, Heidi. Hopping foot is fin. And, I did change the thread cone several times. I will look for a burr. No batting in the thread guide, so that is not it. I think I cleaned the tension disk, but will do so again. Thanks for all the good ideas. Really weird what it is doing. .
  13. I need to preface this by saying that I just did a hopping foot bar replacement with Amy's help. Managed to quilt a small charity quilt successfully but had some weird tension issues. Today setting up one of my own quilts and am trying to get tension issue under control before I start this one. Here is what is happening. The top thread will become very tight tension and then have a release of tension creating loops below and loops of top thread below. When I pull the thread through with my hands I believe that I feel these tugs. At first I thought it was the new thread that I was trying. After eliminating that issue, I am back to maybe the take up spring or tension assembly. I have readjusted these and am getting the same irregular stitch line. Anyboy have any idea what I need to do? I am at a loss.
  14. Linda, thanks so much. Cannot wait to talk to Amy. mona
  15. Jim, I have had this thought -the shim. I cannot figure out what happened. As stated, machine is only a year old. Maybe done 30 average to small size quilts. I think something has gradually moved. In the last two weeks I have been working with Apqs on it. Sent earlier photos. They sent a new foot. Like all of us, we thought there was a bad angle on the foot. I now think I need to take the cover off of the machine and "see" what's going on. See you are just east of Dallas in Hunt County.