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Good Morning All!  I have a question.  When I sew with my Bernina 930, which is a very heavy machine, it sews just fine from the desk that it sits on at home.  It is a very sturdy desk.  When I take this machine to retreats and use it on the light weight folding tables (the molded plastic type with folding legs) the vibration of my machine really throws off the thread tension.   I read before my last retreat to use a folded towel under the machine, but that really didn't help much.  Somehow I need to sturdy up the table that I am using (my thoughts). 

Any suggestions on how to correct this?  Has anyone else experienced this problem?

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Comment by June Johnson/Wi on April 4, 2015 at 6:16pm

When I go to retreat I have noticed some quilters bring their own small table to set their machine on; I know you can purchase those at WalMart, Menards, etc.  They set the little table perpendicular to the large table and set their machine on it.  That way there is not as much table to vibrate and yours is the only machine on the little table.  Not sure if that will help but is worth a try.

Comment by Catherine/TX on April 2, 2015 at 2:01pm

I love your solution Lea!!! I have bought a couple of other toys over the last 3 years and hubby pulled rank on me and bought a tractor, and not a cheap one either.  So gonna have to hold off on a new machine right now

Comment by lea on April 2, 2015 at 11:36am

Darn, my solution, get another sewing machine. Keep the vibrator at home.. (lol)

Comment by Catherine/TX on April 2, 2015 at 10:51am

Thanks Janie! I will try that!

Comment by Janie Scoggin on April 2, 2015 at 10:38am

The closer to the legs of the table to steadier it should be.  This puts you close to the end or on the end of the table and gives little room to the left of the machine.

Comment by Catherine/TX on April 2, 2015 at 8:49am

I was wondering if a lighter machine would work better.  That will come later, just can't fit that into the budget right now.  I will definitely try using it at the edge of the table.  Let's hope that works.

I can turn the machine down at half pace.  I will just have to adjust to the slower pace. That will be hard...lol.

Thank you for the good advice Carol!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on April 2, 2015 at 8:03am

This seems to be a common problem at retreats.  Those "iceberg" top tables are much lighter than the old pressboard ones, and much easier to tote around and set up if you are the retreat venue.  When you have to share a table with another quilter, machine vibration is really a problem.  Reducing the sewing speed of your machine, if you have the ability to do that, (half-speed button - sliding speed control) helps a great deal.  But you have to become accustomed to sewing slower, of course.  Also, setting your machine up closer to the edge of the table (toward yourself) will help, as the tables are stiffer along the edge.  I use a "rubber lace" drawer liner under my machine to help with slippage.  And, lastly, I don't take my big, heavy Bernina to retreats.  I find the lighter Janome Gem works better, with a slower speed.  Hope this helps.

Comment by Catherine/TX on April 2, 2015 at 7:09am

Well, Mary, I am so glad that I am not alone with this issue.  I have a friend that uses a rubber pad under her machine, but I am not sure that would solve the issue.  The table will still vibrate.

Comment by Mary S. on April 2, 2015 at 7:03am

I have had that same problem but have not figured out a way to correct it.  I hope that someone else can suggest a solution.

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