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My new favorite quilting tool that saved my sanity

Old 03-16-2014, 06:40 PM
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Default My new favorite quilting tool that saved my sanity

I had been having a problem with my longarm skipping stitches and thread breaking for about two weeks now. I have changed the needle 4 times, checked all of my upper and lower tension and pretty much everything I could think of.

Today, I decided to thread a piece of dental floss in the needle to help make sure I was getting my needle pointing in the right direction as well as all the way up in the needle shaft. I pulled up on both ends of the floss to hold the needle as high in the shaft as possible before I finished turning the screw holding it in place.

S H A Z A M ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Apparently my needle wasn't seated as high as possible which was causing my skipped stitches and thread breakage.

I had already been searching on Google trying to find a Longarm dealer in my area that might take it in as a trade.

Dental floss saved my life today!!!
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:44 PM
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What a great fix!! Hope I remember that next time! Good girl, so smart!
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Well done.....yeah Macgyver is a rank amateur in comparison to some of the amazing people on the QB.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:46 PM
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I have long finger nails and have found that which ever machine I am using Iut the inside of nail under needle and give a gentle use before tightening screw. It always goes up some way.
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thanks for the great tip!
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:40 AM
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I have a Queen Quilter and the instructions suggest that I insert a pin tip in the eye of the needle before tightening to make sure of the exact placement. Works great!
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:54 AM
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What a great idea! And the floss won't scratch the needle or put a burr into the hole in any way! So glad you didn't have to resort to the extreme measures you were considering. Thanks for sharing the tip!
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wow! so smart!

i love reading posts like this
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