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Thread: Long arm quiling ?'s

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    Junior Member ChristinaHall's Avatar
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    Going to try out my new machine today (I hope). I just got it yesterday and it took me the WHOLE day to but the table together. Between a husband and 2 kids that needed something every time I turned around.

    I finished up yesterday by placing the machine on it. Today I need to figure out how to thread it & load the bobbin.

    It was used last a just a sewing machine so I need to change out the foot and get everything set up for quilting along with attaching the cruise control.

    Now that I have gotten all the covered my ?;s are:

    1) Should I pin my quilt on the liters or bast them on?

    2) If I want to quilt something that does not have a continues pattern how do I lock my stitches before I cut to go to the next block?

    3)My table has a adjustment up and down. How close to the floor of my machine do I want to set it? The lower I go it seems like I will not have no roll up space to quilt anything with size to it.

    I attached 2 pictures so you could see what I am talking about.
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    you can either pin or baste your quilt and backing to the leaders- some people find basting to be faster- some of us just pin-that is a personal choice.
    to stop-start just take 3 or 4 tiny stitches in place then begin your lines that secures your threads. i clip them off as soon as i'm a couple inches away so i don't have to worry about catching them later.
    as for the pole height- i really don't know- mine are where they are- there is no adjustment to move the bars- i don't quite understand how that works, so can not help.

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    Thanks for the help. I am sure someone on here has the same table that could help or maybe just look and see about how high up theirs is on their machine:-)

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    The bar that is resting on the floor of your machine I think needs to be up a bit. That is the bar where your quilt rolls onto as you quilt and advance, right? You want it high enough to hold the thickness of the quilt. This will vary with the size quilts you are doing.

    Have fun and post pics of your work. :)

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    What height would appear to be less strain on your back and eyes? Ergonomics is everything. Make it comfortable for you, as I would assume that you are going to spend many hours with your new toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristinaHall
    Going to try out my new machine today (I hope). I just got it yesterday and it took me the WHOLE day to but the table together. Between a husband and 2 kids that needed something every time I turned around.

    I finished up yesterday by placing the machine on it. Today I need to figure out how to thread it & load the bobbin.

    It was used last a just a sewing machine so I need to change out the foot and get everything set up for quilting along with attaching the cruise control.

    Now that I have gotten all the covered my ?;s are:

    1) Should I pin my quilt on the liters or bast them on?

    2) If I want to quilt something that does not have a continues pattern how do I lock my stitches before I cut to go to the next block?

    3)My table has a adjustment up and down. How close to the floor of my machine do I want to set it? The lower I go it seems like I will not have no roll up space to quilt anything with size to it.

    I attached 2 pictures so you could see what I am talking about.
    Hey!!!! That's MY machine I am waiting for. I got the floor model and am just waiting for the frame to arrive. Am hoping it arrives today! I am sooooo jealous. I am sure I will have the same questions. Were you able to do it all by yourself? I don't have anyone here to help me so hopefully it is a one-person job. My dealer said she could come out and give me a lesson once I have it all set up. Lucky you :!: :hunf:

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    Yes that is the bar it will roll up on but where I am a little lost is don't the quilt need to rest on the base of the machine? Or will the quilting foot pull the fabric down where it needs to be?

    I think I am just going to have to load it and adjust it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by ChristinaHall
    Going to try out my new machine today (I hope). I just got it yesterday and it took me the WHOLE day to but the table together. Between a husband and 2 kids that needed something every time I turned around.

    I finished up yesterday by placing the machine on it. Today I need to figure out how to thread it & load the bobbin.

    It was used last a just a sewing machine so I need to change out the foot and get everything set up for quilting along with attaching the cruise control.

    Now that I have gotten all the covered my ?;s are:

    1) Should I pin my quilt on the liters or bast them on?

    2) If I want to quilt something that does not have a continues pattern how do I lock my stitches before I cut to go to the next block?

    3)My table has a adjustment up and down. How close to the floor of my machine do I want to set it? The lower I go it seems like I will not have no roll up space to quilt anything with size to it.

    I attached 2 pictures so you could see what I am talking about.
    Hey!!!! That's MY machine I am waiting for. I got the floor model and am just waiting for the frame to arrive. Am hoping it arrives today! I am sooooo jealous. I am sure I will have the same questions. Were you able to do it all by yourself? I don't have anyone here to help me so hopefully it is a one-person job. My dealer said she could come out and give me a lesson once I have it all set up. Lucky you :!: :hunf:
    Yes u can put it together by yourself and if you don't have everyone bugging u it may not take u 7 hours to do it.

    You need to save me on your buddy list so we can help each other out:-)

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    I like pins. I use the quilters pins with the yellow heads.

    Yes you always take several short stitches to tie off and start each time in the main quilt. You can drag your thread if you are not going to quilt over that area. But then you have to go back and cut both top and back of quilt later.

    Remember to pull up the thread from the back each time you start and stop so you don't quilt in threads on the back.

    If you have your take up roller too high above the bed of your machine, you will bounce and it will make it difficult for you to control. If it is too low it will drag and make it hard to quilt.

    Have fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by debcavan
    I like pins. I use the quilters pins with the yellow heads.

    Yes you always take several short stitches to tie off and start each time in the main quilt. You can drag your thread if you are not going to quilt over that area. But then you have to go back and cut both top and back of quilt later.

    Remember to pull up the thread from the back each time you start and stop so you don't quilt in threads on the back.

    If you have your take up roller too high above the bed of your machine, you will bounce and it will make it difficult for you to control. If it is too low it will drag and make it hard to quilt.

    Have fun
    I remember pulling up my threads when I quilted my other quilts. That has been over a year ago when I rented a long arm to do them, But when I watched the video that came with mine it did not say anything about doing that and I was wondering. It also has the cut thread feature that I am not use to.

    Can you refresh me on pulling up my thread please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by debcavan
    I like pins. I use the quilters pins with the yellow heads.

    Yes you always take several short stitches to tie off and start each time in the main quilt. You can drag your thread if you are not going to quilt over that area. But then you have to go back and cut both top and back of quilt later.

    Remember to pull up the thread from the back each time you start and stop so you don't quilt in threads on the back.

    If you have your take up roller too high above the bed of your machine, you will bounce and it will make it difficult for you to control. If it is too low it will drag and make it hard to quilt.

    Have fun
    Agree ! I have a old quilt machine . I always tie mine then take a needle & go in at the tie and hide all my end threads in the batting. The bar can't be to high or it will bounce all over no control .If it's to low you will feel like you are pushing your machine instead of floating your stitches. Have fun its a blast after the first couple days.

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    The bar (takeup roller) in the throat of your machine needs to be a little higher and you will have to raise it more as the quilt gets rolled up on it. You will want your quilt to lightly touch the bed of the machine.

    You pull the bobbin thread to the top when you start & stop if you're in the middle of the quilt somewhere. If you're off the edges--it doesn't matter. To pull it to the top--you do a needle down/needle up and use a pair of tweezers to grab it and then pull up about 5-6 inches. You can then wrap your thread tails around a pin and pin it out of the way to go back and bury them later or take a couple stitches in place and trim them all when you get ready to take the next pass. At the end of a pass or when you stop quilting a block--you again do a needle down/needle up but then you raise the presser foot and move the machine to pull up the thread again, move the machine back to the same spot and take a couple tiny stitches or cut and wrap around a pin to bury later. It will make more sense when you've got a quilt loaded and try it. I used the auto thread cutter on my first machine at the end of every pass after taking a couple stitches in place rather than pulling the bobbin thread up again. It leaves a little tiny tail on the backside but not enough to catch on anything and if using a cotton batting, it will kind of disappear into the crinkles.

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    Thanks so much for everyone help. I am off for a shower and get my house picked up so I can spend the rest of my time playing with my new toy.

    I am new to this site and I love it already But I am not sure how anyone gets any quilting done. The site is like a good drug. I hate to leave it:-)

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    1) Should I pin my quilt on the leaders or baste them on?

    Find the center of your top (and back). Mark with a pin. Start in the center and pin every 5 to 6 inches. Then go back and put another pin in between.

    2) If I want to quilt something that does not have a continuous pattern how do I lock my stitches before I cut to go to the next block?

    Lower the needle once. Then move it a few inches and pull up the bobbin thread. Pull on both threads and stitch in place about 3 stitches. That will secure the start of your sewing.

    3)My table has a adjustment up and down. How close to the floor of my machine do I want to set it? The lower I go it seems like I will not have no roll up space to quilt anything with size to it.

    When I am sewing at the back of the machine, I like it about waist height. When I am at the front of the machine, I try to get my elbows at about a 90 degree angle when holding onto the controls.

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