Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
So, as those of you who occasionally read my blogs know, I got a new Grace frame with a new Juki machine. Today was the trial run. I attached the cloth leaders (ouch the tips of my fingers are still sore from doing that). I turned on the machine and immediately broke the little piece that threads it for you. I have some serious talent, truly. I wound bobbins, I threaded the machine.. incorrectly the first two times then I figured out why it kept breaking. I attached a cute little baby quilt and got started.
And then that's when the real trouble started. Apparently when you have the feed dogs down, you have to start moving the machine right away or it bundles up a truck load of thread up around the feed dogs and pretty much anything else it can wrap around and if the speed control is up on high instead of on low, this takes approximately 5 seconds.
I am now familiar with the inner workings of the new Juki, after removing the sole plate and the feed dogs, I was able to unwind that truckload of thread and try again. This time, the bobbin was not fully in place (pet peeve note, it is a bit difficult to get the bobbin in and out, though extremely easy to thread the bobbins, ya win some ya lose some) So, unwind another ball of thread, though not nearly as severe this time. Thank goodness my serger came with a set of super long tweezers.
Finally!, I can start quilting. Nope, wrong.. forgot the side bungees still in their wrappers. Attach those and try again. Sewing right along completely unaware that the bobbin thread has done that half unthread thing and so I'm getting nice little bundles of thread under the quilt. Stop, fix, try again. Turn the speed up just a bit, my swirls and curlicues are lovely..the machine falls off the track. I SWEAR I leveled that thing. I do so once again, and clean and oil the rollers.
Time to try again. It's all good now. I stitch along beautifully, something is wrong with the thread again, the needle breaks, can't move the machine the bottom layer of the quilt is trapped.
It's definitely lunch time. Tomorrow is another day and this little baby quilt is not giving it's life for nothing. I will get machine, frame and myself working properly in tandem after I'm no longer so annoyed I'm ready to take a hammer to the works. On the plus side, what I did get sewn properly has beautiful even stitching. It's time for ice cream and a movie.