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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....




4 comments:

Sally in WA said...

Glad to know it is going well!

Holee said...

Love the top! Looks like the stitches are just fine. Here's what my name means. One day my granddaughter asked her daddy what "bad" word she was allowed to use when she needed too. He told her "Holee Smolee" was her bad word to use. Don't know if that will help you out but if you yell it loud enough it does help..lol

Tom H said...

Sally, Thank you! It is going ok. Thread started to shred, but I discovered that the needle had loosened up a bit and twisted to the right. Re-positioned the needle with the eye facing the front and all is well again.

Tom H said...

Holee, Your name story is great. And I'm having a great time playing with this long arm quilter. I just don't have enough quilt tops done to put on the system...