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Thread: Look, Ma, no stitch regulator!

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    Super Member PaperPrincess's Avatar
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    Look, Ma, no stitch regulator!

    Late last night I was working on my long arm with the stitch regulator on. It started skipping stitches. My brand uses wheels with O rings which ride on rails to determine your speed. The rings need to be replaced periodically and they were more than due. Of course I didn't have any and wanted to continue quilting so I figured what the heck, and put the machine in manual mode. I LOVED it! for some reason it seemed to move more smoothly. I was just doing an elongated stipple, kind of a water design and had no problems maintaining even stitch lengths. This morning I loaded some practice fabric and was able to do some decent pebbling, which I wasn't able to do before. I'll have to try again after I get the O rings to make an actual comparison, but I'm going to try and continue with the manual mode.
    Anyone else prefer quilting in manual vs. stitch regulated?
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    Can I ask what brand of machine and frame you have? I have often thought my stitch regulator causes most of my problems but since I would have to order parts to not use it I have been hesitant....

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    my stitch regulator seems to cause me some problems. but i use it anyway because i like to stop and start frequently and it keeps the stitches more even than if i didn't have it.
    Nancy in western NY

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    i pretty much ALWAYS quilt without my stitch regulator- i have a few customers who come in & rent time & they always use it- but that is the only time it is turned on- i haven't used it in years- actually hate it.
    and i've always when teaching anyone on the machine had them learn without it- i kind of rank it right up there with a 'cruise control' on a car- i believe you should be pretty good at driving-have control- long before you ever turn on the cruise feature- same goes for the long-arm- you should have good control, ability before using the feature....just my opinion
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheriami View Post
    Can I ask what brand of machine and frame you have? I have often thought my stitch regulator causes most of my problems but since I would have to order parts to not use it I have been hesitant....
    I have a Tin Lizzie which, despite recent posts to the contrary, works very well for me. The stitch regulator is an on/off switch.
    After playing some more today, I think it's going to be a case of 'the proper tool for the proper job'. I'll turn it on for some quilting designs and leave it off for others.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
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    I do allot of ruler work. I use mine

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    My stitch regulator kept coming un-pluged, I do need an update on my machine. I've been quilting without the regulator for years now and doing just fine. I will get the fix when I take my machine in for service/cleaning/up-dates. It is long overdue but I've been waiting because everything else works fine and it's almost a 3 hour drive to a dealer, that plus my machine weighs 95 lbs. (old Tin Lizzie). I don't know if I'll use the regulator when it's fixed but it will be nice to have the option.
    Mary

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