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    So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

    I have a Brother Enthusiast SE-350 and did buy it 2nd hand but got it to do better machine quilting as the other machine I have is just a regular cheapie Brother.
    I have changed threads, changed needles, changed tension, changed stitch length and width, made it go fast, made it go slower, etc. etc. and I still get the top thread on the bottom. I am ready to throw it through the window. I have been playing with this for a few months now.
    I get it to work - keep it on the same settings - turn it off for the night and it messes up again. Then I waste thread, material, time, etc. etc. trying to get it to work right again.
    Anyone have one of these machines? Any tips I haven't tried?
    I know about keeping the fabric moving and my hands, etc. - that doesn't help either. I use the gloves - so that's not it.
    I think I will email the Brother company and see what they tell me.
    The BBGun is sitting right beside it and it's taking all I can muster to not shoot it!

    Hugs,
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltsbytrish
    http://quiltdreaming.blogspot.com
    http://pinterest.com/TrishLapp


    What if you woke up today and the only things you had were the things you thanked God for yesterday? :icon_hug:quilting trish

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    Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

    Sorry trish, it's bad when you want to commit machineacide. I do that with my knitting machines too. It just didn't feel like sewing so it said don't force me or I will make your life miserable. Brother should be able to help you. Brother is in Pisscattaway N.J. You can get the 800 number and they will help. They are pretty good that way. Hugs, Jan
    Home, where each lives for the others and all live for God! ><(((((o>

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      #3
      Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

      Trish, I agree that you should call Brother. Sounds like you've tried everything.

      I really feel for you. I'm on my guard against my monster now, but spent HOURS quilting one day without looking at the back. I hadn't had a tension problem for awhile and got complacent and boy did I learn my lesson. Took me a few evenings after work to pull it all out. I still have problems about 20% of the time but at least I catch it quickly.

      Sorry I can't help but I do commiserate, and although your email made me chuckle, don't forget, shooting the machine will probably end up with a ricchochete'd bb hitting YOU and just making things worse :-).
      There's still time to change the road you're on - Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

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        #4
        Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

        Yup - knowing me I would probably SHOOT MY EYE OUT!
        I emailed the Brother people and should get a reply tomorrow.
        Ahhhh - guess I'll just have to go check out other peoples sewing rooms while I'm waiting.

        Hugs,
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltsbytrish
        http://quiltdreaming.blogspot.com
        http://pinterest.com/TrishLapp


        What if you woke up today and the only things you had were the things you thanked God for yesterday? :icon_hug:quilting trish

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          #5
          Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

          Have you tried changing your presser foot setting? I have the same machine, I'm new to free motion quilting, but my practice pieces look good. I like this machine, but it can be finicky at times.
          Lisa

          "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands...." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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            #6
            Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

            Trish!
            I comiserate with you too! I had this happen when I was machine quilting--straight line quilting--on a quilt I did for QFK, so I don't think it's the fact that you are free motion quilting. I was using a different color in the bobbin and boy oh boy did it show!
            When you say you have adjusted the tension, have you increased the tension? I figured out on my machine I have to increase it alot to keep the top thread from showing on the bottom.
            Lola
            :icon_wave: http://s178.photobucket.com/albums/w278/josews_photos/

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              #7
              Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

              Changed the presser foot setting? Didn't know there was one. Guess I'll have to read the book again.

              Yes, increased the tension - even tried the whole way up to 7 and beyond. It worked ok on 7 before, but not this time.

              I'll have to check into the presser foot setting. Hmmmmm....

              Hugs,
              http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltsbytrish
              http://quiltdreaming.blogspot.com
              http://pinterest.com/TrishLapp


              What if you woke up today and the only things you had were the things you thanked God for yesterday? :icon_hug:quilting trish

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                #8
                Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

                Originally posted by quiltingtrish View Post
                I have a Brother Enthusiast SE-350 and did buy it 2nd hand but got it to do better machine quilting as the other machine I have is just a regular cheapie Brother.
                I have changed threads, changed needles, changed tension, changed stitch length and width, made it go fast, made it go slower, etc. etc. and I still get the top thread on the bottom. I am ready to throw it through the window. I have been playing with this for a few months now.
                I get it to work - keep it on the same settings - turn it off for the night and it messes up again. Then I waste thread, material, time, etc. etc. trying to get it to work right again.
                Anyone have one of these machines? Any tips I haven't tried?
                I know about keeping the fabric moving and my hands, etc. - that doesn't help either. I use the gloves - so that's not it.
                I think I will email the Brother company and see what they tell me.
                The BBGun is sitting right beside it and it's taking all I can muster to not shoot it!

                Hugs,
                I found this solution on the net, hope it works....
                Hi, general rule of thumb:: loops on the top, problem on the bottom.. Loops on the bottom, problem is on the top.. When threading your machine, stop just before you thread your needle, put the presser foot down. Try pulling the thread. If it pulls easily, the thread is not thru the tension wheel right. If it pulls hard, you got it right.
                Maggie
                Quilting with a friend will keep you in stitches.

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                  #9
                  Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

                  You mentioned you got it second hand...when was the last time it was in the shop for a tune up? I know mine always behaves better after being seen by the "doc" once a year!! Good luck!
                  Michele

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                    #10
                    Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

                    Did Brother ever contact you?
                    There's still time to change the road you're on - Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

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                      #11
                      Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

                      Nope - but they were probably closed on Friday so maybe next week, I'm sure I'll get a reply.
                      I did find a stippling 'category' on the screen to use - didn't know that was there. I swear I read that manual a hundred times. Anyway, for the time being, I gave up on the stippling and just did some straight stitches to get the runner finished and even got the binding done last night. Even had time to start another runner. Hope to get that finished today - at least the top put together anyhow.

                      Thanks for all the suggestions. I am using a different color in the bobbin and husband said well, they do have to interlock. Interlock - yes.

                      I won't give up though. I don't let a machine get the best of me. Even though it is for the time being.

                      Hugs,
                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltsbytrish
                      http://quiltdreaming.blogspot.com
                      http://pinterest.com/TrishLapp


                      What if you woke up today and the only things you had were the things you thanked God for yesterday? :icon_hug:quilting trish

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                        #12
                        Re: So frustrated with machine quilting!!!

                        Does it sew at all? When I first got mine, I was not threading it properly. I kept getting an error message. I bought mine from Overstock.Com, it was a refurbish. When I got it home, I couldn't get it to sew at all. I was so frustrated I called a local deal and they asked me I had it threaded correctly. I assured them it was. They told me to bring it in, and sure enough I was threading it wrong. Do you have a local dealer that would take a look at it. They were nice and did it free of charge. Maybe yours will too.
                        Lisa

                        "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands...." 1 Thessalonians 4:11

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