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Thread: Help! Bailey's Home Quilter question

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    Super Member kristen0112's Avatar
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    So I just got the Grace Frame set up and ready to try out the quilter, which is also set up but maybe not correctly? I am getting a 'birds nest' on the back of the fabric and a cluster of threads caught in the bobbin area. I need help!

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    Hi,
    When you start to quilt only sew one or two stitches then pull up your bobbin thread through to the top.
    You do this by raising the foot and moving the machine a little and pulling on the top thread until the bobbin thread comes through. When the bobbin thread is left under your project it tends to make a mess like this.
    You can go to you tube and type in pulling up bobbin thread and there is a demo.
    irene

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    make SURE you put the foot down, so many people forget with a quilting machine, and as was said, pull the bobbin thread to the top, hold it and take a few tiny stitches then cut it off, be sure to cut it off or you'll get tangled in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristen0112
    So I just got the Grace Frame set up and ready to try out the quilter, which is also set up but maybe not correctly? I am getting a 'birds nest' on the back of the fabric and a cluster of threads caught in the bobbin area. I need help!
    To me this is the hardest thing to remember to put the foot down. I don't know why, because you do it on the sewing machine when you piece, but it seems to be something I always forget to do on the frame. Had to put a note on the wall that says" NOW I PUT MY FOOT DOWN"

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    Okay the foot was down. I did pull the bobbin thread up I assumed it was like my embroidery machine and needed to do that. I forgot to mention one thing in my previous post. The needle won't go down to the bobbin now.

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    Make sure your bobbin is threaded correctly. Sometimes I put my bobbin in wrong (counter-clockwise instead of clockwise). Also check your tensions on your machine. Are your feed dogs down?

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    Don't forget to check your needle. It can be installed backwards and cause the same problem.

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    Hi take a deep breath and exhale...... Okay, I had this same exact problem with my bailey. Birds nests, needle jammed, me sweating and NOT enjoying my new acquaintance. So, the solution is simple, of course make sure threaded right, there are two areas on top of machine where thread goes over the levers, those have to have the little black rubber stoppers on them, next 100% cotton thread (did not like my sulky thread). Of course put foot down, now your ready Except the bailey needs to sew holding still for a good hour( no kidding,I was shocked) to warm up, lubricate, whatever so while it's on the frame keep your Bailey in place and just move the fabric. I used alot of scraps, use a real sandwich batting too. Now before I start any quilt I do a small 6x6 swatch just to warm her up. I hope this works for you. Let me know. By the way my Bailey and I are great friends now that we have gotten to know eachother :)

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    also there is a Bailey "support group"on yahoo.

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    From the photo it looks like your bobbin case is not clicked all the way in. That little lever part has to fit into it's slot.

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