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Friday, 7 January 2011

Another New Gadget

I have been unable to free motion quilt on my new Janome 7700.  The tension is wonky - bottom thread too tight, top thread loose & loopy.  I didn't have these issues with my beloved 4900.  I manually change the tensions but in the back of my mind, I'm sure that I should not have to.  I phoned a local dealer to inquire, and apparently the 6500, 6600, 1100, and 7700 all have these:

marked with a blue arrow.  the regular bobbin is red.
 
I've been wanting to get a second bobbin case.  So there ya go.  This one is apparently pre-set for a lower bobbin tension to accommodate for FMQ.  I haven not tried it yet, but am anxiously awaiting the moment of truth.  This better work!  IN the mean time, I've spent nearly a half year doing straight line quilting only.  I did some curls in the the sky of Mandy's piece and pulled it all out again.      

Here's a few more teasers for the summer retro boy's quilt I'm doing for A Needle Pulling Thread magazine...



That's all folks!  I'm back to the studio...  nearly done this top!!


~Monika

12 comments:

Molly said...

thanks monika! i've had such trouble with fmq and thought it was just because i was such a klutz...and i have a 6500....
hooray!

My Sweet Prairie said...

Really!? Geeze. That's just not fair is it!? The preset bobbin is around $30CAD or so. They did suggest that the machine tech can set or reset it for you if you already own a second bobbin case. WEIRD. Let me know how it goes!?

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I have the same machine and have a bit of trouble, but like Molly thought it was my fault. I did adjust the tension and it seemed ok, but haven't done much so we will see. I did go today and bought the open toe duel feed foot you had mentioned before. YEAH! There is also a 1/4 inch duel feed foot for our machine, but they were on order.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...
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Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

p.s. As a newbie is there a reason that I would want a second bobbin casing....apart from this free motion one?

My Sweet Prairie said...

Your 1/4" accufeed foot is on order because I bought that one too! : ) I cant' wait to put on a binding with that baby! : ) Block piecing wasn't thrilling. IT says to set your needle to the 5.5 postition, but I had to set it for 6 to get a 1/4 inch seam.

2nd bobbin case... wait for Tips on Tuesdays! ; ) All on Bobbins & Bobbin related topics.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Great!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

It's funny you mention bobbin tension issues with free motion. I have something going on with my bottom tension (bottom thread that is). I should post a picture, but bet you probably know what it is right away. Not sure they make a fancy bobbin for my old old machine, but I will have to look into it. Your teasers are gorgeous!

My Sweet Prairie said...

send a pic Christine!
And no - you are probably not klutzes! The only reason I pushed and asked questions is because I know I could do it flawlessly on my 4900. Weird though - why doesn't the manual state you need that!!??! I almost gave up.

Anonymous said...

HGi Monika
Thanks for the info. I just got my Horizon a couple of weeks before Christmas and haven't had a chance to play with it till yesterday, the very day of your posting. Haven't tried freemotion yet, but this info will likely save me some grief. Thanks again.
Joyce

Bee said...

I also have a 7700 and it FMQ's better than my 6500 did without changing anything. But I keep hearing about the "blue" bobbin case so I am very eager to hear how it works for you.

Anonymous said...

I have a 6500 and bought the blue bobbin case over a year ago. It works great, well worth the money.

Elaine in London

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