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Thread: Grace Z44 Troubleshooting!

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    Junior Member trugger's Avatar
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    HI all,

    Anyone out there that can help me better understand the z44?
    I know it's a no-baste system, but I'd always planned to use it in two ways - to hand quilt AND to keep everything aligned for basting.

    Well, the first practice fabric i put on there to baste has buckles everywhere!

    Anyone know the secret?

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    are you using the side clamps also? They usually take the tension out of the top.

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    That was going to be my question as well. I really like my frame and I never have buckles, but I have the side clamps.

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    I was using the side clamps - just one on each side.
    I'm on attempt #2 and am putting the safety pins perpendicular to the poles instead of parallel... I should know tonight if it worked!

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    What safety pins? Aren't you using the "special tubing"?

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    Sorry - I think that was a little confusing.
    I bought the frame to do both hand quilting and to pin-baste quilts for machine quilting on my home machine.
    I thought I'd do the first one as a machine-quilting to get the hang of the z44....
    to see if I can get it to come out evenly and all that.
    If i'd hand qulited the first time I put the fabric on there and pulled it off with as much buckling as I saw, I'd be in tears for sure!

    I'll upload some photos this afternoon....

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    I'm pretty sure that I'm doing something wrong, but I can not figure it out.

    I bought the Z44 in hopes to use it in two distinct ways: #1 to hand quilt on it as it was designed.
    #2 to use it to baste a quilt on, take it off the frame, and machine-quilt it on my sewing machine.

    I have tried the latter first with some trial fabric and after three attempts, still have the same problem.
    The fabric I considered the back was fine without any bunching of fabric; it looked perfectly basted.
    The top, however, looks like it was not stretched correctly and there are big lumps of loose top fabric.
    While I was rolling the quilt on the Z44, there was no indication that this was a problem.

    I have not used this to hand-quilt yet and I wonder if the bunching/loose fabric will happen when it's hand quilted?

    Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?

    I emailed a version of this message to Grace Frame this morning to see if they can help.
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    Did you ever get your answer?

    I have a Z44 too, and love it. I hand quilt on it daily, but have never seen those puckers & bunches before. I also have never pin basted a quilt on it.

    I am curious as to the fix for your question.

    Steve

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