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I've already called and left a message with APQS to call me back, but while I'm waiting, I'm getting impatient.  I thought it wouldn't hurt to post this problem on the forum.  Maybe someone out there has had the same problem.  My Freedom was stitching just beautifully a couple of days ago, but now when I stitch from right to left, the stitches look like they're stretched tight so they look like a shiny line.  When I stitch from left to right, the stitches are absolutely perfect!  I was having this problem before Christmas also, but I spent some time on the phone with both Amy and Dawn regarding a different problem, and this stopped happening.  Now it has started again.   So far, I have checked the thread path, changed bobbins, tried sr and no sr, changed speeds, put in new bobbin case, thoroughly cleaned and oiled, and obviously I have changed the tension on both bobbin and top thread countless times.  I don't know if it's related, but also, sometimes when I'm tacking in or out, the thread catches on something.  It's really hard to see exactly where it's catching.  Sometimes if I just wiggle the machine a little to the left or right, it lets go, but otherwise I have to take out the bobbin case and untangle it from underneath while turning the fly wheel.  It doesn't seem like it's a burr, it seems more like the thread is getting stuck or hung up on something.  I hope this makes sense to someone out there.  I'm at a loss, and meanwhile, my customer quilts are not getting done.

 

I would appreciate any help!

 

Lori

 

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You might have a combination of problems. The thread nests underneath may mean you need to check your bobbin backlash spring. The directional problem might be a needle depth issue or maybe a slight turning of the needle will help the bobbin thread be picked up to make a stitch. The catching and breaking of thread might be helped if you nudge the hook retaining finger out a tiny bit. It only needs to be into the slot far enough to stop the rotation--any farther in and the bobbin thread can catch and snap. Re-timing might also be a help.

 

I hope you've heard from the experts and can get going again.


Linda Rech

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Millennium on Bliss rails--hand-guided

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Thanks for your suggestions, ladies.  Dawn called me back yesterday and got me to do a mag collar adjustment.  That did the trick for the thread catching.  Now we just need to address the tight stitches going right to left.  I'm waiting for another call-back on that.  Dawn mentioned yesterday that one thing I should check is my hopping foot.  I just checked it, and I can slide a business card underneath it, but it doesn't seem level.  I have to give the card a little push to go under in the front, but it slides under easily in the back. I'm not sure if it not being level is a problem or not, but I don't know how to adjust that anyway.  I'll just wait till someone calls me.  Thanks again for your suggestions!

 

Lori

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Lori,  if your hopping foot is not level it can cause problems.  The way to "level" your hopping foot is a bit of force! A screw driver in through the foot hole from the top and lever up the lower point while pushing down on the higher, won't need too much force.  Someone will correct me if I am wrong!


Lyn Crump   Hand Guided 2013 Millenium Blissed and Gliding    APQS Sales Rep SE Qld Australia   www.busyquilting.com.au   On Facebook and Instagram as BusyQuilting


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OK, call me dumb, but what's a "mag collar" adjustment?  The term doesn't ring any bells with me.  Thanks.  Jim  Well, maybe it has something to do with a magnet used to position the stitch regulator and the single stitch functions.

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Jim,  to quote the APQS material

"if you are having problems with not being able to bring your bobbin thread up when using the single stitch function, or with the bobbin thread tangling in the hook assembly, you may need to adjust the mag collar"

 

It involves an adjustment to the  magnetic sensors on the drive shaft/pulley - real technical terms!  It solved a problem I was having a few years ago


Lyn Crump   Hand Guided 2013 Millenium Blissed and Gliding    APQS Sales Rep SE Qld Australia   www.busyquilting.com.au   On Facebook and Instagram as BusyQuilting


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