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Vivian replied on Mon, Jan 16 2012 3:21 PM | Locked

Yes,the only time I get around to the back of the machine is to turn it on or off and most of the time I can reach it from the front.  Live and learn.  I also found out that I can't leave my machine with the needle in the fabric.  I have to finish and push the carriage to one side to keep it from sitting in one spot and causing dimples in the tracks. makes the carriage jump just a litle. 

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Karla replied on Mon, Jan 16 2012 3:22 PM | Locked

MNnancy:
So I took a look, and by golly, I do have a hand wheel!  It's pretty hard to reach though because I don't have access to the back side of my machine and frame due to a narrow room.

I have the same problem Nancy...I can't really get to the back of my machine either.  Sometimes makes it rather difficult and because of this I have been unable to use pantographs, but I sure would like to.  I keep asking my DH to knock at that wall and make the room bigger, but since we live in a manufactured home, he just laughs at me and says when you win the lottery we'll just move into a bigger house.

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MNnancy replied on Mon, Jan 16 2012 3:25 PM | Locked

Karla:
and because of this I have been unable to use pantographs, but I sure would like to.

Yeah, me too, Karla.  Oh, well, this will force me to get better at freehand.


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Ramona replied on Mon, Jan 16 2012 3:33 PM | Locked

MN Nancy,

Glad you took a look and now know for the future that it is there. :-)  I can get to both the front and back of my machine. I've had to do this a few times to dislodge the thread. The wheel towards the front of the machine doesn't seem to work as well for this, the front wheel I have on my Gammill.

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Judy Lee replied on Mon, Jan 16 2012 4:05 PM | Locked

That is wonderful, Vivian,

Quilter's are unique in that we keep trying until we get her done!  I use a long bristle artists paint brush to brush up between the plate and the bobbin. Usually, like RamonaC, I also turn the Hand wheel and brush again. 

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Gram replied on Mon, Jan 16 2012 4:24 PM | Locked

I just joined and started reading this section.  That is a great idea to dance a little to loosen up from quilting.  I am taking clogging and line dancing so this will be a good time to practice while quilting.

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Ramona replied on Mon, Jan 16 2012 5:10 PM | Locked

MN Nancy and Karla,

I have never tried this but when I first got my machine part of the package contained a large rectangle piece of plexiglass. If I understood my setup guy, I could take a pantograph and place it under the plexiglass and use the panto from the front of the machine. I have a 30x12 throat area and a 24" quilting space.  There is enough room to place the plexiglass and still have room to quilt. Like I said, that's if I understood him correctly. :-) Sounds like it would work in theory. I also have a square piece of plexiglass that I could place a design under for a block design. I'm not in the state where my machine is or I would give it a go and see if it would work.

 

 

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Ramona replied on Mon, Jan 16 2012 5:12 PM | Locked

Gram,

Welcome to the group. There are a lot of talented quilters here. A good place to bounce off ideas and gather information. Glad you are here.

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Ramona replied on Mon, Jan 16 2012 6:46 PM | Locked

 

I also found out that I can't leave my machine with the needle in the fabric.

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Great idea. I also move my machine over to one side. I never leave the machine sitting over the quilt as there is a possibility that, remote as it may be, oil may get on the quilt. I also release the tension on the quilt to keep from stretching the fabric over night by just releasing one of the bars.

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Granny M replied on Tue, Jan 17 2012 10:03 AM | Locked

RamonaC:

 

I also found out that I can't leave my machine with the needle in the fabric.

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Great idea. I also move my machine over to one side. I never leave the machine sitting over the quilt as there is a possibility that, remote as it may be, oil may get on the quilt. I also release the tension on the quilt to keep from stretching the fabric over night by just releasing one of the bars.

  Good heavens I never even thought of these two things.  I never leave the needle down, but have been guilty of leaving machine over quilt and the tension on the rollers.  Thanks for the tip.

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mars92 replied on Tue, Jan 17 2012 10:16 AM | Locked

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Love your quilt, and especially love the idea you used for family reunion quilt .  It was smashing!  I bet you were the hit of the party

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Judy Lee replied on Tue, Jan 17 2012 4:25 PM | Locked

Wow, this is an interesting conversation!  Since I have no one in my sewing room, I do leave my needle down on certain projects.  If it is complicated, with my mermory loss, I would probably waste alot of time trying to figure out where I left off.  I leave my quilt tightend but with a little play, I figure that the fabric already rolled on the bar is at the proper tension so I just match that tension.  I also never put a really tight tension anyway,.

I know that if I had children running around, I would never leave a needle down.  As far as oil leaking, Baby Lock doesn't have that problem...the only place that oil is added is at the bobbin assembly.,which is below my  fabric,  I may have just been lucky!

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Vivian replied on Tue, Jan 17 2012 5:23 PM | Locked

Turns out I do have a wheel and I can't (or couldn't get it to turn)  I'll have to call the service people to find out how to dis-assemble it. I got it part way apart but it is jammed and I don't have the patience to figure it out today and maybe not until we get home from Jamaica. 

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Granny M replied on Thu, Jan 19 2012 6:47 PM | Locked

Vivian :

Turns out I do have a wheel and I can't (or couldn't get it to turn)  I'll have to call the service people to find out how to dis-assemble it. I got it part way apart but it is jammed and I don't have the patience to figure it out today and maybe not until we get home from Jamaica. 

   What a thing to have happen when you don't have time to fool with it.  It would worry me to death and spoil any vacation.   I will volunter to go to Jamaica in your place so you can get that machine working.  Anything to help a fellow "machiner"

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Jeanine replied on Fri, Jan 20 2012 3:51 PM | Locked

Heading down to do my second Quilts of Valor for the month so I can get them in the mail.  Then I hope to do several quilts for charity this weekend.  I am trying to do 12-15 a month and I've done 7 so far.  They are small and I'm not spending a lot of time on them.  I do have some panto's I want to practice on, though, so that will take longer to do the quilts.  No matter what I get done, I plan to stay home and quilt this whole weekend!

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