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advise needed for quilting on grace metal frame

Old 05-11-2011, 06:16 AM
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I loaded a quilt on my grace frame nice and straight and every time I get close to the center to quilt my thread breaks! It looks like the take up bar is bowed but I don't have the quilt wound to tight so I have no idea what to do. I am so frustrated beyond belief as this quilt is for a raffle! I rethreaded checked tension to no avail! Does anyone know if this could be a frame issue? My dh said he would help me to change the upper bar because I never use the rail for batting the frame is set up for king size so will I always have this trouble? This never happens on baby quilts! Please all wise members any ideas. Thank you for reading Jan
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:22 AM
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i have a different grace frame and a while back i noticed my backing bar was bowed, after inspection i found my screws that hold the lengths together had become loose, once tightened it was nice and straight again, but i don't have a clue why your thread is breaking
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:02 AM
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I've had problems with a bowed bar too, and also had to replace the velcro that attaches the leader fabric to the rail. Since then, all is OK. Sorry, can't help with your thread breakage.
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:23 PM
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Bowed bars is a common problem with queen & king size quilts. Some frames even recommend slipping the original poles inside of round, metal conduit to eliminate the bowing. I had to do that for my B-Line Studio frame & it was a common problem on the older Handiquilter frames, too.

Also, your frame might need re-leveled. It may have sagged causing a "hump". Some frames seem to walk around the room and need re-leveled with each use. My B-Line did on a carpeted basement floor but I didn't have the problem until I moved it downstairs and extended it from 10' to 12'.
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