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?