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Thread: Help! Bailey's Home Quilter?

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    Super Member kristen0112's Avatar
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    I finally got my machine back from the repair shop and still haven't had success. Here is what I have done

    Set my machine on the tracks, double checked the threading
    pulled the bobbin thread up
    made sure that the presser foot lever is down
    I put the stitch regulator on slow
    I press the start button it begins stitching and I try moving it and then it jams up.
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    If you are trying to stitch the fabric the way it is loaded on your poles in the picture I would say that is one of the problems. The back pole that is under the machine needs to be wound the opposite way. Your fabric is way to loose. Probably your front pole is suppose to wound the opposite way also so that you are quilting 'in the well'. Here is a pic of my set up, it has the back pole the way yours should look, but I choose to have my front pole different. I float my batting and top so that is why it is looser than the backing.

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    Thank you!!!! I will try that in the morning. I think I am too stressed out to go back and try working with it.

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    Start with Sharon's suggestions.

    It also looks like your top tension is wayyy loose. Do you have a Towa gauge for the bobbin? It will give you a numeric starting place to start balancing your tension. In other words, you don't have to go by feel to make sure your bottom tension is right. Different bobbins will run differently, as will different threads. I bought a box of 100 bobbins, and no two run exactly the same. By using the Towa gauge, I can adjust my tension so that I run the same tension despite different bobbins. A bobbin in the bobbin case will run different inside the machine (where the spring is engaged) than when it is outside the machine (where the spring is not engaged). The Towa mimics the bobbin case in the machine.

    HTH!!

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    Yahoo has a Bailey Quilt group you might want to look through and maybe even join. I have a Bailey and the learning curve is very steep, but well worth it! Can't tell from your pics what is causing the nest on the underside. Sorry....

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    Look at picture 2. The purple thread in the bobbin case needs to catch that little hook on the shuttle I believe.

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    Are your feed dogs down? Stitch width and length on "0". And yes, your quilt is loaded wrong on the frame. Hang in there, kiddo!

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    YEAH! Success! At least until I broke the needle. I looked at Sharon's pictures they were very helpful. I am a visual learner I think the older I get the more visually I learn its bad. I took the fabric off the leaders and reloaded it the correct way (having to come back to my computer screen several times to make sure). Then I took the caught thread out of the bobbin area and pulled the thread up and gave it another try. It nested I was about to cry and give up for the day when I decided I would try again. I did and realized I had left the foot up. I moved it over just a bit and started again and it worked! I think I was shocked at first. Here's some of the pictures I took of my first quilting on my machine.
    I didn't take a picture of the back but it looks nice too.
    The fabric might be a little loose? It's the same fabric I had on it when I had to cut a chunk out to take the machine to the repair shop I trimmed it up with scissors it's not straight on the end.

    I am glad I put the purple thread it shows up nicely on the white fabric
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    Another problem could be that when you thread the machine the top thread is not getting in between the discs in the tension area. Just another place to check when you know you have the foot down!

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    I'm so glad it's finally coming together for you, as a fellow Bailey owner, once you build a good bond you will find it was worth all the sweat and tears! I know cause I had a hard learning curve as well and still learning but worth it. Have fun quilting.

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    Glad you had a bit of success! Your fabric does not look smooth enough.......What I do with my Bailey is: everytime I "roll up" to start in another section, I roll is not to firmly....like bouncing a quarter on it....LOL then I smooth with hand the top and bottom at the same time. Try that.....What type of thread are you using and weight of it.

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    So glad I could help you with this! It sure is amazing when things come together and work like you think they should. Before you know it those quilts will be flying off that frame. Keep us posted on your accomplishments.

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    Hooray for U! Glad 2 know it is working for you. I know well how you feel. One other note of advice, make sure your bobbin is placed in a clockwise direction.

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    I am having fun! It's still jamming at times after I have been working for a few minutes. Any ideas? Someone (sorry I forgot who it was after I clicked on the reply button) asked what kind of thread I am using it's just the Coats & Clark type I don't know what weight that is. I have some embroidery thread I think that's 40 wt. I seem to be getting a lot of lint with the thread that I have on there right now. I also got it as tight as I could on the bars. I really appreciate everyone's tips and suggestions.
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    That was me about the thread. I know C&C has a lot of lint to it and that's the one I stay away from, although others like it...
    I use a polyester cotton from JoAnn's....It's on a cone and is cheap.
    $2.99...

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    Chuck at Bailey told me one of the problems is that we quilters don't set the machine fast enough so I have my speed set almost center but still move the machine slow it will just be the stitch speed. Have fun you wild and crazy quilter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenchi
    That was me about the thread. I know C&C has a lot of lint to it and that's the one I stay away from, although others like it...
    I use a polyester cotton from JoAnn's....It's on a cone and is cheap.
    $2.99...
    I go right after dinner and buy some thanks a bunch!

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    I like Signature, YLI and King Tut all in 100% cotton. It just depends on what you and your machine like. I use a lot of variegated threads too, they blend well on any of the colors of the blocks. I usually use the same in top and bottom, but others have use different types in top and bottom and different weights of thread too.

    Also, you stated that you had your fabric as tight as you could get it on the poles. You don't want your sandwich to be real tight, you do need some give, back it off at least one notch if not two on the pole. That may be why your needles are breaking. Also if you start having problems with thread fraying, try a topstitch needle. The groove and eye are bigger and put less drag on your thread while it goes through the sandwich. I have gotten so I only use topstitch needles in all of my sewing/quilting/embroidery because of this.

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