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    Just saying, this machine does not have needle down which seems to be a really silly omission. When the machine was first released, I spoke candidly to my Babylock dealer and she told me not to buy it.

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    ok I'm going to ask...what is needle down? Is it when you start to sew your needle is in the fabric? My machine does that so maybe I have been taking it for granted that all machines do that or am I missing something. (please don't LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgie Girl View Post
    ok I'm going to ask...what is needle down? Is it when you start to sew your needle is in the fabric? My machine does that so maybe I have been taking it for granted that all machines do that or am I missing something. (please don't LOL)
    I'd never laugh....no silly questions...EVER! Needle down is a setting on your machine where when you stop sewing, your needle always stays in the down (into the fabric) position. It's a great feature to pivot!
    If that's what your describing for your machine, then yeah! You've got it!

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    I purchased the babylock jazz a couple of months ago and love it for its throat size. However I am having a problem controlling the speed. Maybe I have a heavy foot. Any suggestions. I want to use it for free motion quilting but can't seem to move fabric fast enough to coordinate with the speed.
    Last edited by luvrazz; August 19th, 2017 at 01:39 PM.

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    That takes practice, lots of it. I too have the Jazz and in love with is. I have FMQ and it is easy once you learn to control speed. I put my foot pedal back more than usual so I can't put metal to pedal and it has worked out really well for me, give it a try.
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    I just bought a Jazz machine because I loved the 12" arm, also Jenny endorsed it. I didn't try it out at the store. After a number of hours of working on the tension I solved my problem. The upper thread tension was the problem I encountered . I set the length and width of the stitches I wanted, I used the free motion/darning pressure foot, and I didn't lower the feed dog. I then set the upper thread tension to a very high number (8) and voila! I completed my little project and I'm so proud. You can't use a walking foot with free motion. I was surprised about lowering the feet dog since I'm new at this. We'll see if I have anymore success. I'm keeping it!

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    Thread tension seems to be a regular problem on new/shop Jazz machines. There are two places to set tension- top thread and bobbin thread; nobody, including salespeople not used to mechanical machines, seems to know about the bobbin tension adjustment, especially on the Jazz. Mine had tension problems out of the box but I got it to work fine by adjusting the bobbin tension. To adjust it take off the base plate (unscrew the two screws). Remove the bobbin casing (it's the black thingy, you may have to wiggle it a bit). On the left side of the casing are two tiny screws. The one on the left with the straight head is the bobbin tension screw. DO NOT do anything with the one on the right with the cross/phillips head.
    Take a precision screw driver and turn the left (straight head) screw to adjust the bobbin tension: clockwise to tighten, counter/anti clockwise to loosen.
    I needed to turn it 360 degrees counter clockwise to get it to loosen up to the right tension.
    P. S. If you start with the needle down it will stop with the needle down. Presser foot tension dial is on the left of the machine. Foot pedal/drive belt loosens up after awhile and isn't so sensitive.

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    If t you start with the needle down it will stop with the needle down. It's mechanical.

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    Hi, I have had my Jazz for a little over a year and love it. I especially like the large throat space as I have been able to have an entire queen quilt under/in it with no problem. I do still have my Viking for piecing and general sewing as it is always out. Currently I use my Jazz on my dinning room table so it is not always out. When I bought my Jazz I did look at other Babylocks but I couldn’t justify the price difference between the Jazz and the Cresindo (spelling may be wrong). Not sure if this helps or not. Bottom line I’d buy my Jazz again if I had to do it all over.

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    Default Re: Baby Lock Jazz

    To control the speed try during the foot around, the machine will sew slower.
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