Saturday, August 31, 2013
Practice is Over - Now the real Thing
The Voyager 17 and the Hinterberg Stretch Frame are cleaned and reassembled. I've loaded and unloaded practice non quilted sandwiches, and adjusted the machine for a good machine quilting stitch. I've practiced and practiced operating the long arm. All the while, I've been assembling a twin quilt top to put on the long arm. The quilt top is done and assembled with batting and the back, on the frame. A new needle and full bobbin has been installed in the Voyager. I've consulted with an experienced long arm operator, for a list of swear words that are appropriate for quilting on a long arm machine system. I can't think of anything else - Let's give it a try!
Several hours later.....Long arm machine operating smoothly. After a minor upper tension adjustment (due to different batting) the machine quilting stitch is fine. It's working fine as long as the operator does what he is supposed to do. I need to work on remembering to lower the presser foot when operating.....I have a small sign that reads LOWER THE FOOT. I'll be making a larger sign....