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  1. Yes, I realized that the finer movements that I wanted to do need to be done with the stitch regulator turned off. i.e. Non-stitch regulated mode.
  2. Hi! Yes I did get everything cleared up! It took a while because we were on an extended trip, then my rep got injured. But she came through and actually came up here to my home, did some tweaking, changed my thread path and gave me my new owner class. I was very please. I just finished our sons's wedding quilt without a problem! And I have the "L" bobbins.
  3. What an excellent video! Thank you! Part 1... Did the bobbin tension test... Per Jamie Wallen's test, my bobbin tension was way too tight... I've loosened the screw and have my bobbin tension just as his video shows. I love his explanation of how the threads merge in the quilt sandwich... Gives you a great reference point... Stay tuned for Part 2... After coffee and a shower!
  4. Hi Mary Beth... I don't like the pre wound bobbins, so I wound a few of my own, some with YLI long staple machine quilting cotton, which I used on the top as well, and I also tried Connecting Threads Essential cotton thread, which is also a long staple cotton. Could you explain the bobbin drop test to me? I've heard of it, but not sure I understand what to do. I'm just so disappointed and frustrated! Such a large investment and a huge upgrade from my previous mid-arm setup, and such poor results. Should the stitch regulator be so jerky when doing small detailed work (like pebbles or small curlicues)? Or is that type of work done without being stitch regulated? Or could that also be a part of the tension issues? Sigh
  5. Well, I must say that this is NOT what I expected... I loaded a practise quilt a few weeks back... just could NOT get the tensions right, with minor loops and eyelashing on the back, and eyelashing on the front when doing anything curved... but I finished it. It's a small lap-sized donation quilt for our guild, and no, I didn't pick it all out. Now I loaded a couple of yards of fabric, just to practise on (which is probably what I should have done in the first place). The top thread keeps breaking - anywhere from a few inches to a few minutes of stitching. During all of this, I went back to the USB stick and looked at the threading instructions again (Why couldn't APQS put that in the instruction booklet?) I checked the instructions for bobbin loading, and double checked that the bobbin was loaded and installed correctly, changed needles, changed bobbins, changed type of thread, changed brand of thread. I removed the bobbin case spring, cleaned it, replaced it, rechecked the threading instructions, rechecked the bobbin loading instructions. I loosened the rollers, tightened the rollers, loosened the side clamps, tightened the side clamps. To no avail... the top thread keeps breaking. I probably rethreaded the needle about 20 times. Then I looked at the bottom... it's horrible... anything from MAJOR loops on the back, to so tight that the top thread shows on the bottom... All I'm doing is wasting thread and fabric... Also, when in stitch-regulated mode, the movement of the machine is very jerky... I was trying to make little circles, like pebbles (in between thread breaking) and the machine is so jerky that I can't do anything. Is this normal? Thanks for letting me vent... I'm so frustrated, I wish I had my old mid-arm machine... I'd send this one back.... majorly disappointed...
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