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my love hate relationship with my LA

I am sure many of you have read my past posts about my LA and how the two of us just can't seem to get connected.  Last week during my vacation I started quilting one of my tops and the results have been less than appealing in my eye.  It could be that hand eye coordination thing but I tend to blame the machine for the mistakes.  It has tension issues, stitching issues, and I won't even mention the steering issues!  Opps I think I just did...  Ok I am in no way a professional quilter on a LA.  If I had my way I would be doing it by hand but old age and the shoulder dictate that that is no longer possible.  So having cursed out the machine for the last three days we came to  an understanding.  I changed the top thread.  I have also turned down the stitching length and at this point I have reached a point where I am satisfied with what the machine is doing.  I still have issues with its steering (guiding the machine over the quilt).  For thoughs of you with a Tin Lizzie LA you may know what I am talking about.  I better describe it as being loose as a goose. The ladies at the quilt store understand what I mean when I explain this and chuckle.  Their solution is to get a new machine or at least a new stand.  I would like to think that was possible but my check book says I can't afford it right now. I know that changing poles that it glides on or the wheels that hold the machine would probably make a huge difference in the way the machine works. It never has made sense to me to have metal to metal for this system. I even mentioned this to the techs that finally came to the house a couple years ago and they didn't see a problem with it.

So for those of you LA quilters that have a simular machine, has this problem of controling the LA on metal poles with metal wheels caused you problems or is it just me and my machine?

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Comment by Vicky Girten/MO on August 24, 2011 at 9:23am
Oh no I have the tin lizzie and this is the 4th time in 1 month the repair man has had to come out.  I am so sick of this machine I could kick it to the curb.  I put a sandwich on and practice before I start a quilt (the sandwhich is on the end of the pole next to the quilt)...of course it works fine on the practice sandwhich,but on the quilt it messes up.  I would never recommend this long arm to anyone.  I spent most ot the morning crying as I caught my finger in the damn thing and I have a quilt on that is due Monday.  Oh well I guess life always throws you some lemons.
Comment by Kathy/WA on August 22, 2011 at 7:58pm

Brenda:  LOL  you are doing better than I am then.  I can't get lesson one under control!

I may have to type this one up and hang it over the LA 

Comment by Brenda Patterson on August 22, 2011 at 5:40pm
Lesson number one speed is not your friend.lesson two patients is a virtue.lesson three really small scissors take out very tiny stitches.Good luck I'm stuck on two.
Comment by Gayle/La. on August 22, 2011 at 2:39pm
I don't know if that is truly my problem or not--I know that I get very discouraged when trying to quilt with my Lizzie.  She is so tempermental that I have yet to get a perfect tension on any of my projects.
Comment by Terry F on August 22, 2011 at 7:19am
My sympathies, Kathy.  Have you and your LA tried counseling?  Seriously, I hope you can work things out.

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