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Thread: Stupid Sewing Machine

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    Junior Member SuzyM's Avatar
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    I bought a Bernette 82 over a year ago and I hate it. I had a cheap Kenmore that cost me $100 and it could sew circles around the Bernette. Once I finish this quilt this thing is going to the repairman and if he can't fix it is going in the trash.

    Anyway this is my dilema, I got a good portion of my quilt quilted when I looked on the back and the bobbin was making some of the stitches with large loops on the backend. My only solution is to

    1. Rip it all out and start again (on this quilt my seam ripper and I are on a first name basis so I really don't want to do it but I will if I have to and there is no guarantee that it won't happen again.

    2. Stitch by and all those loops down by hand so you can see them

    3. Glue them down but I don't know what kind of fabric glue to use.

    Please help

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    Sorry, but the seam ripper is the way to go... Been there done that:< If you adjust the tension your machine may not be too bad.

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    The problem with doing it all over again is the bobbin and tension on this machine. I have had problem from day one and it is a complete hit or miss if it will stitch correctly on any level. No matter how well you spool your bobbin or thread your machine I usually have to re-thread my machine more than once in order to get the tension to work correctly. It isn't the settings on the machine it is soley the machine and how it feeds the thread.

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    I'd rip out the mess and either hand stitch it or wait until I got a different machine.

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    Don't make a bad situation worse... Rip It!

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    i agree rip it out and while you are doing that take that thing to the doctor or trade it in take it where you bought it and tell them take it back or fix it
    thats what i did and the machine is the best its ever been now.
    no one should have to fight with a machine you have enough to work with that is just wasting your quilting time.

    meme
    ok i feel better now lol

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    Ok, I am spending my Saturday ripping it out. My interm solution is to use my mom's sewing machine. She died about a year and half ago and dad gave me her machine but I have felt weird using it - I know silly but it was her machine.

    Anyway it is a Bernina Artisian 180 and I just tried it out. OMG what a difference it is such a smooth machine and even without a walkingfoot it could take all three layer beautifully. I will finish the quilt with my mom's machine and take the beast in next week if they can't fix it then it is gone.

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    Don't feel weird using your mom's machine, I'm sure she is looking down on you wondering why on earth you hadn't thought of it sooner :)

    when threading your machine you may have missed a tension spot so the thread is loose on the bottom. Try rethreading your machine and sew on a sample piece of cloth first to make sure your tension is good. It may be time for a tuneup on your machine!

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    I have a wonderful Bernina that I cherish, but I would never buy a Bernette! The quality is simply not there. You can spend the same amount of money and get a much better machine in a Sears Kenmore or Janome.

    You will love your Mom's Bernina!

    You might want to spray starch the backing fabric before machine quilting again; it really helps with preventing puckers, especially if you are not using a walking foot. No need to iron, since the quilt is already layered. You can just spray lightly, let it dry, spray one or two more times, and be ready for quilting.

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    All ripped out it went much faster than I thought it would. The first pass of cross hatching is done and after a break I will do the second pass. It is a lap size quilt at least I wasn't working on my usual mammoth quilt that I make. I am hoping to be just working on sewing the binding by hand tonight.

    I called the lqs to find out how much a Bernina walking foot cost and it was $180 FAINT!!!!!. I guess I won't be buying that foot anytime soon. My mom did buy quite a few feet so I do have a wide variety.

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