Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: More frustration with GrandQuilter

  1. #1
    Super Member wesing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    East TN
    Posts
    1,737
    OK, I know you're tired of hearing my requests, but I am ready to throw this machine through a window!

    We have quilted 1 quilt on our GrandQuilter. We had lots of issues, and even took the machine to the shop. We got all our issues worked out and finished quilting the first quilt. It looks great (if you don't look too close) and I'm sure the 5-year-old it's going to will never notice the problems with it.

    We took that one off the frame and put the next one on. We were so excited because we learned a lot on the first quilt and just knew the second one would go much better. We got one row almost quilted and had a thread break about 8" from the end of the row. I re-threaded and finished the row, then moved to the next row. About a foot into the row the thread broke. I "unsewed," rethreaded, and started sewing again, but got another break. I pulled thread and bobbin, cleaned the bobbin area, wound a new bobbin, rethreaded everything, and started sewing again. At the beginning it skipped about 3 stitches, then quilted fine for 3 or 4 inches, then broke the thread again.

    I'm embarrassed to call the shop again, but I may have to do it. One thing we discovered is that we thought we had bought 100% cotton thread for practice and then for the first quilt. When I looked closely I discovered that they are both 100% polyester. That means I completely quilted Eli's quilt with 100% polyester thread. Oh well, too late to do anything about it now.

    The current quilt is being quilted with Connecting Threads thread that is 100% cotton. I bought several spools based on recommendations from this board. That could be my problem. If it is, I am fine with switching back to polyester if that's what it takes. I'd really rather stick with cotton but at this point I HAVE to get some quilts done. Will I be ok with polyester thread? I have read that it will eventually damage the cotton - is that true?

    Can anyone think of anything else that could be my problem? I have adjusted tension, but if I loosen it, I get loops on the bottom, and if I tighten it, I get a break immediately.

    Thanks in advance,

    Darren

  2. #2
    Super Member virtualbernie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    3,588
    Blog Entries
    3
    Can't help with any of your other problems but I have heard that polyester thread is stronger than cotton and will cut into the quilt over time. Maybe your machine will like cotton covered polyester thread?

  3. #3
    Super Member Ripped on Scotch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Ontario Canada
    Posts
    1,320
    I was in a lecture about threads & she said there is no issue using polyester thread. I would take hundreds of years to do anything to the material. If you have issues with the grand quilter you should ask the store. They can help.

  4. #4
    Super Member kwiltkrazy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Mapleton, Oregon
    Posts
    7,086
    Blog Entries
    1
    Did you change your needle?

  5. #5
    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Southwest Kansas
    Posts
    4,829
    My guild has the GrandQuilter. Mostly we've discovered you need to slow down to keep the thread from breaking. We also discovered the prewound bobbins work very well for minimal tension problems.

  6. #6
    Power Poster Prism99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western Wisconsin
    Posts
    11,937
    Blog Entries
    1
    The homequiltingsystems group at http://groups.yahoo.com is a great resource for problem resolution. You might want to join.

    Bob at Superior Thread demonstrates that polyester thread is not necessarily stronger than cotton thread. There's a video at his website. These days it doesn't seem to make a difference whether you use cotton thread or polyester thread, although brand and type may make a difference.

  7. #7
    Junior Member QuiltingQueen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    SCF WI
    Posts
    186
    I don't know much about your machine or quilting but I would suggest changing spools of thread. I had picked up a spool of thread to do applique and it broke...broke... broke. I went and bought a new spool and had no problem. I was told thread gets old and when it does it breaks.

    Good luck... I know it must be very frustrating.

  8. #8
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    3,393
    Are you using the same thread on top and in the bobbin? What size thread is it? Is the needle too small or too large for that thread? Is your quilt level with the bed of the machine and less than a pinky finger's distance above it? What speed setting is your machine on (high, medium, low)? Is it the top thread or bottom thread, which is breaking? If it is the top thread, how many holes are you threading the machine through in the pretensioner? Is it a normal spool type or cone type thread? Are you using the telescoping vertical thread guide?

  9. #9
    Pam
    Pam is offline
    Super Member Pam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Southern Illinois
    Posts
    3,713
    Try removing the clamps from the ends of the fabric, there may be too much tension from them.

  10. #10
    Super Member DA Mayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Stacyville Iowa
    Posts
    1,636
    Your machine is different than mine, do you have the quilt rolled correctly on the bars and if the quilt is rolled too taut the thread will break also. A professional quilter told me she use embroidery needles or topstitch needles.

  11. #11
    Banned
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Burtchville, Michigan
    Posts
    351
    I don't know anything about your machine but I do know that my sewing machine does NOT like poly thread AT ALL!! If I put poly on and thread it up and start sewing, the thread will break, bunch up,you name it and it does it. So now the only thread I can use in my machine is the thread from Connecting Threads. Seems like sewing machines sometimes have a mind of their own. lol
    Good Luck
    Bev

  12. #12
    Senior Member JoyVoltenburg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Sullivan, IL
    Posts
    368
    when I change thread types (from poly to cotton), I need to adjust the tension settings each time. It sounds like the top tension is too tight. If you are getting loops on the back after loosening the top tension, then try loosening the bobbin tension. Also, poly thread will not harm your quilt. That's pretty much an old wive's tale. It's "generally" stronger than cotton, but it won't tear the fabric.

  13. #13
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Forest Grove,OR
    Posts
    6,573
    Blog Entries
    1
    sorry I cant help. Good luck and God bless. Penny

  14. #14
    Pam
    Pam is offline
    Super Member Pam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Southern Illinois
    Posts
    3,713
    Please PM me and let me know how it goes! I am ready to get started with mine.

  15. #15
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Winchester, Tn.
    Posts
    1,462
    I don't have a Grand Quilter but I have a 20 year old Design a quilt machine and I was ready to throw it out. Every thing I did seemed to make the thread break. I found a small bur on my throat plate will really cause a lot of grief. As I said my machine is old but you will learn all the quirks of it and love it later. I do use poly thread and it seems to do really good for years of washing , loving and dragging around by babies and adults.

  16. #16
    Super Member hcarpanini's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    2,176
    Make sure that your quilt is not to tightly rolled. Even if you think it is loosen just a bit. I use all kinds of thread on my Handi Quilter. My favorite is Isacord embroidery thread. I mix threads too. Cotton on the top and poly in the bobbin. Let us know how you make out.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    CO., USA
    Posts
    601
    Blog Entries
    1
    wesing, I feel for you, same thing happened to me. I have a different machine.
    I know when I tried mine the first time I wanted to throw it away too.
    I put two white flat sheets and batting together like I was making a quilt (so not to ruin a quilt). I did all the same things you probably did. Called everyone that I thought new anything about sewing. Nothing helped.
    Finally after a few days, it just out of the blue, started sewing right.
    No more thread breaks.
    I believe we just need to learn to get our arm movement syncronized with the speed and stitch length. I don't know if this makes sense.
    What I did was, begin with a slower speed on my machine and the movement of my arm and slowly increased the speed and movement of my arm to keep the stitches even in length
    Practice, practice, practice.
    I practiced different stitches until I quilted the whole piece, then used it for a mattress pad.
    Good luck.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.