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Getting back on the saddle (not a horse!)

For the past few weeks (months?) I hinted to DH that I would like to set the quilting frame up so I can quilt all the UFO's that have accumulated these past 4 years.  So while I was gone to my Jazzercise class yesterday he tackled the setup.  After a few hours of hunting for all the missing pieces, it was finally up.  He brought down the sewing machine and then I proceeded to put the leaders on the frame.  I am a leftie, when I look at the directions I try to do a mirror image so as to get the clockwise - counterclockwise move.  Well, after 2 hours of choice words I finally got them right (or was it left).  Then came the fun part, I decided to use a 9-inch pattern since the throat of the machine is 9", grrr...it would only do 7" due to the rod which rolls the finished part within the throat section.  So I decided to just do a stipple quilting.  Simple enough, yes? Not so, because the machine moves smoothly to the left, but then bucks when I try to make it go right.  Oh well, I've been out of practice with the quilting arm, so I guess it's just like riding a horse, when not sure, go where the horse leads you.

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Comment by Barb/WI on June 12, 2014 at 4:19pm

Sounds like a challenge, but my bets on you!

Comment by Dawn Hutton on June 12, 2014 at 10:33am

My mega quilter has a 9" throat but I find that a 4" pattern works the best due to the roll up.  Stippling can be any size.  Check the level of your frame that could be your problem.  As well as you could have a burr on the plastic rail.  Also found on mine that the machine "frame" slips down and causes the frame to rub in odd spots.  Check out different areas, as storage can cause cracking of the runners as well.

Good luck I am sure you will get it working smoothly for you soon

Comment by Roxann on June 12, 2014 at 10:04am

I'm sure you will have it humming along in both directions in no time.  Have fun! 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 12, 2014 at 6:05am

They feel frisky after being out to pasture for a time, don't they?  I'm sure you'll have that pony well under control in just a few more rides.  :)  

Comment by Pam/NY on June 11, 2014 at 1:35pm

It'll come back to you give it time!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on June 11, 2014 at 8:05am

Hope you will soon go smoothly in both directions!  Don't need any bucking on a quilt!

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