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    newbie to quilting and ready to send back the machine

    I just got a 13 long arm, I have had nothing but trouble since I started this morning. The machine bird nest on the bottom, the stiches are real long and several skipped stiches, breaks the needle Can somebody rescue me and the machine before I throw it in the trash

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    birds nest in the bottom is a tension issue.top tension may be to loose.do you have a stitch regulator? if not the stitches will change as your speed of moving the head changes
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    Is your presser foot down? Have you contacted your dealer?
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    I can't help you but I sure can relate to your frustration. Those things are expensive too so please don't throw it out the window.

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    I'm sure with practice you will feel better and find your sweet spot with the machine. It sounds like a combination of top tension and the speed with which you are moving your fabric.

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    Ok I will try to reset my tension and try again.

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    yes the dealer is not open on sunday

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    Problems showing on the bottom generally mean tension problems on the top. The needle breaks also imply something wrong in the threading, perhaps the thread getting caught under the spool. I would first double check your threading. I have a Handiquilter Sweet 16 and the threading is somewhat different than a domestic sewing machine. Any time I have threading problems I completely unthread the machine and rethread from scratch.

    Have you done free motion quilting on another machine? If not, realize you've got a significant learning curve in front of you. Even if you've done it on another machine, each new machine has some learning curve as you adjust your hand motion to the speed of the specific machine. I would recommend starting with some gentle curves and just getting familiar with the machine on some scrap quilt sandwiches.

    Good luck and don't toss it! You'll get the hang of it.

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    Don't give up yet. Hopefully you are practicing on spare fabric. I did that for awhile and then moved on to charity quilts before starting on my own. I'm still learning after 4 years.

    My last problem was breaking thread and I never had that problem before. So, I completly rethreaded, changed the needle, cleaned it, oiled it. Kept happening. I had just finished a quilt and had had no problems so after 3 days of rethreading, etc. I figured the only other thing was to change out the spool of thread. Yep, that was the problem. It was a new one and there must have been a problem with it. I contacted the mfg and they kindly replaced the thread.

    Now, back to yours. Threading is totally different on these machines. So check it carefully. What needle size/type are you using? Mine ONLY likes Inspira 90/14.
    Have you pulled too tightly on the sandwich? It does like a little give. Is there a finger width between the bat and the foot? Is your foot up with you thread and down when you go?
    Do you have any friends with the same machine or similar? That was my greatest help since I purchased mine at a show and had no help from the dealer.
    What thread are you using? Mine only likes King Tut on the top and Bottom Line or Auofil in the bobbin.
    Please write back and let us know which machine you have? Also - there are yahoo groups for the machines and they are wonderful! I received a ton of help from my yahoo machine group.
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    Check your manual, double check to see if your needle is in the right way.
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    Did you ever try the genie washers you do under the bobbin. Try thoes if it nor your tension.
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    what brand of machine?
    i have called the 800 # for customer/tech support and been talked through many problems over the years-
    the problems you are having are tension problems-start with that section of your manual-
    there is a learning curve- and it takes time to learn your machine- everyone has problems at first- call customer service for help if you can not figure it out with your book-
    this is one of the reasons i always recommend buying machines from local dealers who will come in set you up- and teach you how to use your new machine....it is worth a few extra $$ to start out on the right foot.
    sorry this has you frustrated- it may be time to walk away- and start again in the morning.
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    In the perfect world, we could just pick up something and it works the first time. Practice, Practice, Practice. If something goes wron is it TNT, thread, needle and tension! Good luck!

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    Sorry you are frustrated. The birds nest on the bottom means top tension issues, (like everyone here had posted). I would also change the spool of thread to a different one, or a different manufacturer. Take your time, this is new to you, and takes lots of practice. I wish I had one, but I would give up too easily if I had problems. You will find out what is wrong, from what I read, you have to be a detective.

    Quote Originally Posted by quitsandstuff View Post
    I just got a 13 long arm, I have had nothing but trouble since I started this morning. The machine bird nest on the bottom, the stiches are real long and several skipped stiches, breaks the needle Can somebody rescue me and the machine before I throw it in the trash
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    Glad you posted your problem because I think I may have gotten the answer to mine. I have a Juki and it has been bird nesting on the bottom too. Never thought to check my tension.

    Keep trying, its worth it!!!

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    With a new machine, I hope that you are learning on a practice sample made from scrap fabric and batting. I always test out my machine before starting to quilt a project. Got heavens sakes, don't heave the machine out the window. TAKE a break and give yourself a HUG !!! We ALL have experienced BAD days like you are having !!!
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