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  1. After winding new bobbin I began having trouble. Needle breaks, needle thread fraying, bobbin thread breaks; threads are so fine 50 in needle and bottom line in bobbin. After tweaking tension it is sewing better but is making a popping or hitting sound when I pull the machine towards me. I've quit for the night and am worried it's going to break another needle. It is better if I slow down, but is dense quilting I'm doing. Also, I am in manual mode. I have an appointment for maintenance next week but hate to not work for six days.... Any ideas? I know I should do my own maintenance but who has time to learn another thing? I be too busy learning creative stuff! TIA!
  2. Has anyone had this problem? I use self wound bobbins on my George (L size) and have never had a problem until recently. When I put in a fresh bobbin, pull up the bobbin thread, put my practice sandwich under to check on tension as I always have. When I press the white one stitch button to bring up the bobbin thread, I pull on the bobbin thread and it seems to feed fine. So I start stitching, and on the first or on the second stitch, the thread on top thread seems to get totally tight, (hard to move the thread through the top tension disks by hand) the machine seizes up, slows down the ability of the foot to go up or down. And if it sometimes manages to sew two or three stitches before doing this, then it happens- and I end up needing to pull/work out the sandwich from under the open toe ruler foot. THE THREAD USUALLY SHREDS- SOMETIMES THE TOP THREAD, SOMETIMES THE BOBBIN THREAD. Also there is usually a second strand of thread coming up through the stitch plate from the bobbin, when I do manage to work it loose. I cut the threads loose, and the top thread has shredded, and there is a birds nest on the bottom. So I climb under the table, pick out any stuck pieces of thread from the bobbin case, which there usually are. Then I reload the same wound bobbin, put in the bobbin case and try again. Same thing happens again. So I do all the same things, put the same bobbin back in a third time, without changing anything else, and it usually then stitches fine on the sample sandwich and I know I can put my quilt back under the foot and resume. I have cleaned and oiled the bobbin hook area. It did not used to do this. I used to be able to change threads frequently while working on a free motion project, and no problems changing back and forth. I'm at a loss to know what is causing this. The photo below is of the nest on the underside.
  3. I removed this and reposted under the correct section of the forum asking for technical help. I've had my George since 2015 and this is a new problem.
  4. Top thread is breaking within a minute of stitching. It is winter and very dry. I have new pigtails on. Tension looks good on the stitches. I swapped out the bobbin case and rethreaded top also. Still the same problem. I also changed to a new needle. Suggestions? Frustrated in Oklahoma
  5. Anyone know if APQS has support on the weekends? I'm having a problem with thread breaks all of a sudden. Have done all the normal stuff, multiple times, rethread, new needle, new bobbin, checked for burrs, cleaned everything, etc., etc. At my wits end. I left a message for support on their answering machine, just wanted to know if they answer calls on the weekend.
  6. We used a variegated King Tut thread and experienced all kinds of quilting issues. Another long arm quilter doesn't like variegated threads because of issues whether King Tut brand or not. Does anyone have any advice for successful variegated thread use?
  7. I have had my Freddie for a couple of weeks, just cannot seem to quilt anything freehand without top thread breaking. I have tried, new needle, different size needles, rethreading, different thread, net on cone, batting in thread guide, loosening/tightening tension on both bobbin & top. This is in stitch regulated mode. I'm also getting occasional very loose stitches on the top & tangling on the back. What can I try next wise ones??
  8. I desperately need some advice on what to do. I have a new Millennium that I've only sewn a couple of quilts on so am very new to APQS. I recently changed my bobbin after it ran out. The next bobbin I have had nothing but trouble. It'll sew just fine for a distance and then the machine feels like it won't move unless I really put a lot of power behind it. Then the thread will break if I do that. I've checked the bobbin and thread multiple times and seen the post about bobbins out of round but this is a brand new bobbin that came with my APQS from the factory. This is the first time it's even had thread wound on it and hasn't been dropped so it's hard to believe it'd be out of round. Any ideas? Thanks, Cathy
  9. So yesterday I was quilting along with no problems, then this morning ..... it is a whole new day and I have had nothing but problems. I was able to isolate the problem (I think) but don't know how to fix it. HELP!!! Please, I have five more quilts that I have to get finished before next weekend. The problem appears to be that the take up lever is not going all the way up when a stitch is made. When I first try to pull up the bobbin thread, the takeup bar only goes up about 1/3 of the way so when I try to pull up the bobbin thread the top thread breaks. I can manually rotate the take up lever and get the thread to come to the top easily, but I don't want to have to do that every time I take a stitch! How do I fix this? BTW - the machine just received it's spa treatment, new everything, timing redone, etc. Is there anything else I should be looking at? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks so much!
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