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    Embroidery machine question

    OK,
    I'm looking for some help here please!
    I have a new embroidery machine that I have hardly used other than the beginner/learning classes several months ago, and one label I made in the spring.
    So today, I pull it out to make a label for a quilt and no matter what I do, the embroidery unit insists on starting the embroidery too far to the right, such that it would hit the right edge of the frame if I let it sew.
    I have tried changing designs, reloading designs, different hoop sizes. In the event that the problem was related to "my designing" vs the machine, I choose a design that was prepopulated in the machine library and set it up per the screen directions to sew it - it too wanted to start too far to the right (coincidentally almost exactly the same place).
    I cannot for the life of me figure out what I'm doing wrong, and I have abandoned a stitched label for this quilt due to time constraints.
    My dealer is 90 minutes away, and they are closed today and Mondays......

    Any ideas or thoughts appreciated. The machine is a Husqvarna Designer Ruby Royale

    Thanking all of you in advance for any help....

    GEMRM

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    What is your machine? What is the brand and model?

    One time I had something similar happen and it turned out my machine was too close to a wall and the hoop was hitting the wall.

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    Try using a bigger hoop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GEMRM View Post
    OK,
    I'm looking for some help here please!
    I have a new embroidery machine that I have hardly used other than the beginner/learning classes several months ago, and one label I made in the spring.
    So today, I pull it out to make a label for a quilt and no matter what I do, the embroidery unit insists on starting the embroidery too far to the right, such that it would hit the right edge of the frame if I let it sew.
    I have tried changing designs, reloading designs, different hoop sizes. In the event that the problem was related to "my designing" vs the machine, I choose a design that was prepopulated in the machine library and set it up per the screen directions to sew it - it too wanted to start too far to the right (coincidentally almost exactly the same place).
    I cannot for the life of me figure out what I'm doing wrong, and I have abandoned a stitched label for this quilt due to time constraints.
    My dealer is 90 minutes away, and they are closed today and Mondays......

    Any ideas or thoughts appreciated. The machine is a Husqvarna Designer Ruby Royale

    Thanking all of you in advance for any help....

    GEMRM
    It sounds like you need to calibrate your hoop. You should have a icon that positions the center of the design in the center of the hoop. If the center of a pre-loaded design is not in the center of your hoop, then it's off & needs calibrated. Check your owners manual & see if you can find instructions on that. It usually requires going into the machine settings/tools/etc. Depends on your machine.

    Otherwise it could be your machine/embroidery unit got knocked out of time, which would require a trip to your dealer.

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    Check your label on your computer -- is it centered in the hoop? If your label is centered in the hoop, re-calibrate your embroidery arm. Your manual will tell you what to do. I have a HV Designer Diamond.

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    I have a Ruby and you also need to select the hoop size you are using.

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    Try turning off your machine for a few minutes and then turn it back on. The machine will first calibrate it, now my machine will tell me if my design won't fit my hoop but all may not so make sure you have the correct hoop selected and also make sure your hoop is all the way in the slots. Like I said, some machines tell you these things others do not. Most of the time when my goes off balance like this is because the hoop has hit something and misaligned it. Shutting off would be the first thing to try.
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    I have a Husqvarna Designer Diamond Royale and mine tells me what hoop to use, it wont work with the wrong hoop, it sounds like yours has been knocked out of calibration some how. Look at your book and see if you can calibrate the screen. I can mine. If that don't solve your problem you will have to take it in.
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    The embroidery unit has been calibrated each attempt and the hoop is the size the machine selected based on my design. I have not knocked the unit and it isn't encountering any obstructions.
    Thank you for all these ideas though.
    I will check about centering the design, I thought I had done that but maybe not.....

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    Are you sure it's just not taking a tacking stitch before it starts? Also..if you have checked the option to baste the design, the machine will put down a basting stitch just inside your frame all the way around, then move to the center and start your design.
    Next time you set it up and it positions itself too far to the right, take your hand wheel and slowly rotate it to see if the needle will actually touch your frame, or if it will land just inside.
    If it touches...check your needle position..you may have it set to the right?
    If it doesn't touch, let it stitch..slowly..and see what it's doing..on scraps first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donna13350 View Post
    Are you sure it's just not taking a tacking stitch before it starts? Also..if you have checked the option to baste the design, the machine will put down a basting stitch just inside your frame all the way around, then move to the center and start your design.
    Next time you set it up and it positions itself too far to the right, take your hand wheel and slowly rotate it to see if the needle will actually touch your frame, or if it will land just inside.
    If it touches...check your needle position..you may have it set to the right?
    If it doesn't touch, let it stitch..slowly..and see what it's doing..on scraps first.
    The machine is actually stitching the design, not basting. And if I hadn't stopped it, it definitely would have hit the frame.
    (I was stitching "For Pat" and by the time the "r" was done, it was obviously too close to the edge to let it continue.)

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    I to think you should check the calibration and make sure the design is starting in the center.
    I don't know how to do that.....YET!
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    If you open your design in your computer program and click on the design, then go to the "centre design" icon and click there. The icon is the square with an arrow in the corner and a dot in the centre. Third from the right on the top of the Husqvarna program. Don't forget to save. This will definitely put it in the centre. Hope this helps.

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    Well Folks,
    I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong, or what might be wrong with my machine, so I made arrangements to go see my dealer - got there and the first person said she didn't know what was going on, she hadn't see that problem (the design being shifted to the right) so she went and got another person.
    That lady sat down and after a few clicks she knew what was wrong:
    I HAD LEFT THE TRAVEL LOCK ON!!!! (you know, that little piece of plastic that gets inserted when you're transporting the machine to class and back )
    Then she told me that most people just throw the lock piece away and don't use it.
    But I'm thinking that if it is supposed to be used during transport, I just need to figure out a way to ensure I remember to take it off - maybe a sticker, or something? Or maybe figure out a way to attach a dangly piece of thread/wool to the lock so that I'd see it and remember?
    Glad it wasn't anything wrong, glad I did know what I was doing as far as design/centering etc.
    And another lesson learned!
    They didn't charge me for the advice/time/lesson, so I bought some more embroidery thread while I was there.

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    I have a little piece of plastic that was inserted in the bottom of my embroidery arm when I bought my HV Designer Diamond. I removed it the first time I used my machine to embroider. Have not used it since. Should I use it every time I'm taking my machine and embroidery arm out of the house?

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    you can manually move the hoop using the buttons check your manual on how to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjkgquilt View Post
    I have a little piece of plastic that was inserted in the bottom of my embroidery arm when I bought my HV Designer Diamond. I removed it the first time I used my machine to embroider. Have not used it since. Should I use it every time I'm taking my machine and embroidery arm out of the house?
    The dealer sales person said this was the intent when the machine is shipped, is that the owner will do so every time they transport the arm. Then she said most people don't do this, but they do recommend it. So, I will continue to do so, and figure out a way to remind myself to check/remove it at home. I had to drive 90 minutes one way to the dealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3 View Post
    you can manually move the hoop using the buttons check your manual on how to do this.
    I did figure out how to do this, but that is where we realized it was not operating properly, as it wouldn't move to the correct position. (Because the lock was preventing proper movement of the arm).

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