New from Texas

Old 06-08-2020, 06:37 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: SE Michigan
Posts: 456

First -- welcome from Southeast Michigan. Are you using a single stitch plate? This is a plate with a round hole where the needle enters your fabric. Previous suggestions to hold both threads and/or use leaders/enders are very good suggestions. Hope you can solve your problem.
mjkgquilt is offline  
Old 06-08-2020, 08:12 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Chula Vista CA
Posts: 6,931

Welcome from So. California!
quiltingcandy is offline  
Old 06-08-2020, 09:09 PM
Power Poster
sewbizgirl's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 21,215

Welcome to the board!

I recommend Juki, also. I have the 2010Q and also their longarm in a table. They are great machines. I suggest you go to a quilt show and try out some of the machines. Bernina is very expensive. Singers from the big box stores are junk and won't last long. Everything else is worth a try.
sewbizgirl is offline  
Old 06-09-2020, 03:35 AM
Power Poster
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 10,152

Welcome from Michigan!
Lori B. is offline  
Old 06-09-2020, 07:28 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Heaven on earth/to N.E. Ohio
Posts: 5,350

Waving to you from NE Ohio, welcome to the board. 🙋‍♀️
Thumbelina is offline  
Old 06-09-2020, 08:50 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Near Seattle, WA
Posts: 3,633

Hey, TerriA, I'm glad you found us and yes, it is nice when we have people to talk quilting with.

I'm unfamiliar with your machine, but my first question is "is it on a stable surface". Some people have problems simply because they are trying to sew on a card table that isn't sturdy enough. Figure you can't cross stitch while on a bucking bronco, and you can't sew while chasing your machine like a loose dog.

Next, I'm a big believer in changing needles all the time. If you hear a pooka-pooka sound, that means instead of sewing you are punching holes in your fabric with a beyond dull needle. Causes all sorts of problems. And even if you've just changed needles, the fresh one may have a manufacturing defect. Needles are cheap, buy them on sale/in bulk and replace them often whatever sort you use.

Some machines are better than others in what I call "sewing into space" for that reason, I also use leaders (spiders, because of the threads hanging down like legs) pretty much always, enders not so much.

I prefer to use the single hole footplate and a "quilting foot" that is one that has 1/4" markings all the way around. While typically we sew with the bulk of the fabric outside the machine/to the left, there are times when sewing from the other side gives you better results, like when you have little points getting sucked down into the machine.

And then, some machines just drag and pull more than others. Sometimes you have to help the machine, but mostly I see people fighting their machines instead of letting them do the work. But there comes a point when no, it really isn't anything you are doing or can improve on and the only way to take the next step is a different machine. That doesn't necessarily mean newer or more expensive, but for a machine that does what you want it to do.
Iceblossom is online now  
Old 06-09-2020, 09:07 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 224

Welcome from southern California! I've had many machines. They all have good points and bad, even the most expensive. If you start to look, you'll find good advice here. And Happy Quilting!
SallyS is offline  
Old 06-11-2020, 04:26 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: ranch near south texas coast
Posts: 295

Welcome from Corpus!
Machine malfunction is frustrating. I feel your pain.
When everything messes up this is what I try:
  • brush lint from bobbin area, taking apart the pieces that hold the case in the machine.
  • remove top thread and start over threading machine
  • take a half hour break-my Bernina is 40 yrs old
When I can't fix issues, I take my machine to be cleaned and oiled. It comes back ready to go, and the tension is set correctly. Doesn't happen often.
aashley333 is offline  
Old 06-13-2020, 03:02 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Va.
Posts: 4,248

Welcome from Va.

rryder is offline  
Old 06-13-2020, 04:21 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Yorkville, IL
Posts: 7,213

Welcome from Illinois...I am a transplanted Texan. This is a wonderful board.
luvstoquilt is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.