monakeegan

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    monakeegan got a reaction from dbams in 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?
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    monakeegan reacted to micajah in Varying Top Tension while Stitching   
    I would like to suggest that you check the bobbin winder to see if it is winding correctly. I had many issues with my stitching until I finally got a good bobbin winder. The one that came with my machine was awful. Never could get it to wind a consistent bobbin.
    Debbie 
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    monakeegan reacted to Quilting Heidi in Varying Top Tension while Stitching   
    OK so you just changed the hopping foot, is it set at the right height?  1 - 2 business cards.  If that is good then check you thread path.  Have you tried another cone of thread?  If so then it can't bee that.  Check to see if you have a burr on one of the pigtails.  It sounds like your thread is catching on something so I would check the pigtail, spool, do you have batting in the thread guide above the spool?  If so is it getting tangled?  Clean out the tension disk and make sure there isn't something in there.  
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    monakeegan reacted to monakeegan in 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.  .
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    monakeegan reacted to dlnewell in Varying Top Tension while Stitching   
    I've had that happen...the culprit was a rough spot on my thread spool and the thread would catch on it periodically.
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    monakeegan reacted to Quilting Heidi in Varying Top Tension while Stitching   
    Like Debbie I've had this happen with a burr on the cone of thread but if you've changed thread and still having the same problem then I would change my needle and then look at my pigtails next.  
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    monakeegan reacted to jimerickson in Varying Top Tension while Stitching   
    Of course you've completely re-threaded your machine. ( when I was fiddling with mine the other day, got a loop of thread around one of the rear thread guides which gave me a lot to thread tension)  That not being the case, review your hopping foot bar installation.  It sounds as if the timing on the hopping foot might be off, or the bar might be loose.  That probably isn't what's wrong, but since that was the change you made before the problem showed up, it would be good just to make sure.
     
     I've noticed that if the take up spring is misbehaving, I get a small loose stitch on the top thread.  If that's one of your symptoms, make sure the tension assembly is clamped far enough out from the machine so the spring can't touch the head.  Also make sure you're getting a full cycle of the spring (I think it should rest at about the 11 o'clock position)  I set mine at 11:30, but then I've replaced my original tension assembly with a rotary system, so it's a bit different than the original.  Good luck.  Jim
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    monakeegan reacted to jimerickson in Needle Position in relation to Hopping Foot Opening   
    My guess is that your hopping foot is not properly fitted.  My first thought was that it was bent, but since the open toe one fits the same way, I thing there is something wrong with the mount.  If it were mine, I'd make a shim to fit between the foot and the hopping foot shaft that moves the foot forward enough to center the needle.  Jim 
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    monakeegan reacted to T Row Studio in Needle Position in relation to Hopping Foot Opening   
    Yes mine is in the middle maybe your bushings on the hopping foot are worn??? try wiggling the hopping foot and see if there is any play if there is the bushings will have to be replaced, or maybe the problem is the needle bar same idea give it a wiggle. Maybe somebody else more knowledgeable than me could chime in. Good luck 
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    monakeegan reacted to T Row Studio in Crosshatch Circle Templates from LEQuilters   
    Ardelle did you put the mole skin on the ruler or the hopping foot?
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    monakeegan reacted to RoseCity Quilter in Crosshatch Circle Templates from LEQuilters   
    I have them and used a piece of self adhesive moleskin (usually used to protect blisters on feet). Worked great!