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  1. JillRN1995

    First Quilt on George

    I'm so impressed! You did a wonderful job!
  2. JillRN1995

    My Accomplished Quilting :)

    Your quilt is really spectacular! You did a wonderful job with selecting the pattern and fabrics, and then you arranged them so that the colors complimented each other beautifully. You mapped out the perfect quilting design so that you would get just the right amount of puff. Lucey is beaming with pride, and now she wants to know, 'What's next?!'
  3. Please show and tell everyone your favorite tools and accessories for George. Thanks! Here are a few of mine: This Hobby Holster is made of silicone, and it clings to any flat surface. It hangs down from the table top, so it doesn't take up any counter space. I put my scissors, stylus, marking pen, and tweezers in there for easy access. http://www.amazon.com/Holster-Brands-Hobby-Pink/dp/B00N9LUSKO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464266918&sr=8-1&keywords=hobby+holster The small Kemper stylus tool is great for pulling up the bobbin thread and for removing stitches. The tiny ball tip slips right under the stitch without damaging the fabric. http://www.amazon.com/Kemper-Ball-Stylus-Tools-double/dp/B000YQIL3S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464267043&sr=8-1&keywords=kemper+double+ball+stylus I wind my own bobbins, and then I stack them on this check spindle holder http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013S2CC1G/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00AUB2UM0&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1J8R0992BKGMTNAK4SB9 I use tweezers to help me thread the needle. http://www.amazon.com/item4ever-TWE6-Sewing-Machine-Tweezers/dp/B0012DNMXG/ref=sr_1_2?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1464268098&sr=1-2&keywords=serger+tweezers This light kit was easy to install, and it does a great job. http://www.amazon.com/Sewing-Machine-LED-Lighting-Kit/dp/B00KGKB02Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1464269580&sr=1-1&keywords=sewing+machine+lights I just started using rulers, and the Line Tamer is my favorite one so far. http://www.fourpawsquilting.com/pages/template.html I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone posts. Jill
  4. JillRN1995

    George is squeaking

    I tried that, and it didn't squeak while I did it, but then it doesn't squeak every time that I sew. It will happily sew along for a few minutes, and then start squeaking for a few stitches, and then stop again. I just double checked the needle, and cleaned the bobbin area well, and It still squeaks. It's probably going to be like when you bring your car into the shop and say that it's making a noise, but then it doesn't make the noise while they are listening! It seems to only squeak when the needle is going down. Maybe I can record it with my phone and play it back for them.
  5. JillRN1995

    George is squeaking

    It's a screeching sound that occurs when the needle goes down. I think that it's coming from somewhere within the nose section. I changed the needle yesterday, but I believe that I have it in there correctly. The groove is to the left, and it's lined up right. I'll check that this morning to see if it makes a difference. Jill
  6. JillRN1995

    George is squeaking

    What could be causing this? It doesn't happen all the time, but it is happening frequently. The stitch quality is fine, and I have oiled every wick as well as the bobbin area. Thanks, Jill
  7. JillRN1995

    Gammill bobbin winder question

    Thank you! I'll give that a try.
  8. I bought the Gammill stand alone bobbin winder online, and I didn't notice that it was designed for M bobbins before I ordered it. Is there any way to adjust it so that it will auto stop for L bobbins? Thanks, Jill
  9. JillRN1995

    Bobbin question

    George and I are getting along much better now. Thanks for the tip on running the thread through only 2 of the 3 holes in the thread bar that is before the tension disk. I'll keep that in my arsenal of things to try when I'm having tension trouble. I don't know that it made a difference or not, but, when I switched over from the RA cotton to the So Fine, I tied off the threads and pulled them through. The thread bar that has 3 holes AFTER the tension disk had become un-threaded before my new thread got to that point. I think that the thread was going through 2 of those holes with the RA cotton, but I wasn't sure, so I referred to the user's manual, and in there it said to pass it through only one hole, which I did with the So Fine. My threads are pretty well balanced now. The stitching on the back side looks a tiny bit too straight in places, but I'm not getting any loops from the upper thread, so I think that it's fine. I live in South Louisiana, and I found the 40 wt. Robison Anton "Signature" cotton thread at AllBrands. They had a huge display of all types of RA thread in their Baton Rouge store when I was there about a month ago. I don't know how long they are going to keep it though, because they had a display of a different brand of thread the previous time that I was there. I just did a little checking, and you can find 40 wt RA poly at redrockthreads.com. I went to the Robison Anton website, and I couldn't find the Signature 40wt cotton that I recently bought at AllBrands, so I hope that it hasn't been discontinued because I really like that thread. This forum is great by the way! Everyone is so nice, and I got answers to my questions quickly yesterday.
  10. JillRN1995

    Bobbin question

    Thank you Barb! The So Fine is performing much better, and I double checked my needle and it appears to be in there like it's supposed to be. I'm not having any more thread breakage, and my tension looks good. I'll practice with the So Fine while I learn more about the machine, and then I'll give the Robison Anton another try.
  11. JillRN1995

    Bobbin question

    Thank you Cagey for your help. I pulled up the bobbin thread with the up/down button as you suggested and I got it to sew a fairly decent stitch. I figured that it needed a little more tension on the top thread, so I tightened that, and then the stitches improved. I heard a little popping sound, so I decided to put a new needle in the machine as the sound made me think that it might be a little dull. I had the tension too tight to pull the thread, so I had to loosen it. Unfortunately, it's been downhill from there! The thread kept breaking, so I decided that I must have the needle in the wrong way. I rotated it and I got it aligned with a pin, and then I got it to stitch again, but now I have tension issues, and occasional thread breakage every few inches. It's time to take a break!! I have no doubt that it's user error, but I'll eventually get the hang of it. I think that maybe I should go buy an easier thread to practice with. I've heard good things about Superior So Fine. Do you think that would be a good choice? Jill
  12. Today is my first time to use George, and I'm a bit nervous, so I'm taking everything slowly. I believe that I have the top threaded correctly, and I inserted the bobbin as instructed in the manual until I heard the click. FWIW, Top and bobbin threads are both Robison Anton 40 Wt cotton quilting thread, which is what I preferred on my DSM. I rotated the flywheel downward to try to pull the bobbin thread up to the surface, but it isn't catching. Please advise me on how to proceed. Thank you! Jill
  13. JillRN1995

    Schmetz industrial needles

    Oh, that's great news! Thank you!!
  14. I purchased a used George which arrived late yesterday, and I had to leave for work right after I un-boxed him. Naturally I'm anxious to set him up and play with him today. 2 packages of Schmetz NM:100, Size 16 industrial needles were sent with George. They have a round hub, but the needle isn't shaped like the Singer needles which APQS recommends, so I am hesitant to use them. Hopefully I will be able to find the right kind of needles locally today, but If I am unsuccessful, then what are your thoughts on me using these Schmetz needles until the Singer needles arrive in the mail? I imagine that I would have difficulty adjusting the tension if I use these needles, but maybe not since they were in the box. Thank you. Jill
  15. JillRN1995

    George for Sale

    I'm thrilled to report that George has safely made his way from Tucson, AZ to Baton Rouge, LA. Thank you Janalyn for everything!! Please rest assured that he will be well loved. For those of you who are contemplating buying a used machine, and having it shipped...I used Old Dominion Freight Company (ODFL), and I was very pleased with the service that they provided. Call to get a quote rather than entering the shipping info into their website. I received a discount which I don't know that I would have gotten otherwise. Thank you APQS for recommending them.