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how can I slow down my stitchin?. Sometimes I want to quilt slowly and my machine when it is on stitch regulator goes so fast. When I see other brands of quilting machine they appear to sew slower than my millenium.

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When I try to custom quilt I have a hard time because my machine seems to sew to fast on stitch regulator. I am doing a double wedding ring and tried to quilt from a template that I drew on the pattern and it was terrible, so I decided to hand quilt this quilt. It is a wedding gift for my nephew who is getting married in June 2013

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You should be able to sew at the speed that is comfortable for you. The thing about the SR is that it only sews when you move the machine which allows more control as you are able to move the machine as fast or as slow as is comfortable for you.


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maybe I have to tighten my wheels because it is too easy to move which makes me more the machine too fast. I don't feel like have have control when I am trying to do custom work, I am okay with panto's because I like to move fast.

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are you sure you are turning on the SR?

are you hearing the beep of the SR?

cause if you have it on, it should adjust the needle speed to make consistent stitches no matter the speed at which you are moving the machine.

for instance, when you move the machine faster, the needle moves up and down fast.

slower, the needle moves up and down slower.


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I just went out to my machine and tested it, it is on SR. I guess I have to learn to have control when I am going slower for accuracy. I do great panto's but have a hard time with custom/following traced on stencils. Am I the only one that has a hard time with these?? I can meander just fine, freehand, but I don't know any other free hand designs for blocks. I guess I have to practice, practice, practices.

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I know what you mean. I've seen people quilting slowly on other machines, and the machine seems to stitch so precisely and calmly. The needle doesn't jerk and jump like mine does when I'm trying to go slowly and carefully. I like many things about my Millennium, but I wish it would stitch slowly and calmly like I see other machines doing.


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It sounds like you might need a little more resistance on your machine. You can try to adjust the wheels but another trick that works for me is to put my left hand on the quilt sandwich and I can add just a little pressure while I use my right hand to guide the machine.

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I find that I also have more control when my hands are closer to the fabric - I use a set of micro drive handles most of the time when I am working on custom quilts. Also, I learned from Sharon Schamber to use a rice bag to weigh down the fabric a little which keeps it from bouncing so much when you are sewing.


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Is there a moter speed dial on the frame machines like I have on George? I have found that I get better stitching with just past mid range speed on the machine and deliberate speed and movement with the quilt. Would the same principle apply to the frame machines with stitch regulator?


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If you have a recent Millenium (after 2008) make sure you don't have the Quilt Glide switched on, as the needle will still move up and down even when you are stopped.


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I understand what you are saying. When I watch a UTube video the machines look like they are stitching soooo slowly. It does make it look like there is more control. I think it may be just a trick of the mind. :blink:


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I agree with Sylvia. When you watch someone else quilt, especially the pro's, it always seems like they have such control! That only comes from practise, practise, practise! What wheels do you have Lynn? Many of us have switched to M&M's or Edgeriders and it makes the ride much smoother


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I have Bliss on my machine. It's better than it was, but still not like the machines I watch others quilt on! It may well be my mind playing tricks on me, because although I'm watching my needle, it's not the same as watching their needle!


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I have often wondered the same thing. I have worked on different machines in different quilting classes at QwM and MQX West, Gammill and Handiquilter, and I felt they both stitched slower than my Millie. I wondered if perhaps it was because Millie moves more easily.....not sure.....but I had that definite feeling as well. I thought it was just me.


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Our machine wil stich up to 3000 stitches per minutes, your upper level domestic will sitich up to 1200 stitches per minute.

Some of the longarms I know they can turn down the speed of their machine. I know I can stitch slowly if I move the machine slowly.


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I too have of late been really frustrated doing a custom quilt. I'm doing feather wreaths w/ echoing and the needle has been jumping way to much. I'm about 2 thirds done with the blocks and feel I should have more control by now, not less. Vickie, if your out there, I would love if you would explain about the rice bag on the quit top. How big, where to put it. Also, I never thought about micro handles. I know there are a few out there, anybody like one over the other. Thanks in advance. K

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