So I mentioned Wednesday that my goal Thursday was to get the Innova timed.
It all started when I wanted to get these 2 veterans quilts done quickly before vacation. For this one I was happily quilting along with the wavy cross-hatch when the machine started acting up. I think I ran up on a thick seam and it messed up the hopping foot height. That's not uncommon and it's not a big deal. I fixed it and moved on and finished this one.
Then I started on this one just doing some wavy horizontal lines. On both of these quilts I was using thread that wouldn't really show so I could get away with really simple quilting. This quilt legitimately deserved some fancy quilting but I have to remember that I'm quantity over quality when it comes to veterans quilts. This quilt should have taken 40 minutes, max, to quilt.
As of these evening I expect that it's taken me 4 hours! My machine is unhappy. It is quilting great from left to right but right to left is awful.
Yesterday Marcy came over and we went through the timing steps and I think we did everything right but I still have some sort of problem. It's possible that there's a burr somewhere that I can't see or something. I've taken a lot of photos and sent an email to Innova for some help. I'm not frustrated with the machine or anything. I've had it since 2014 with so few problems. I'm sure this is either a damaged part or something stupid I've done in my attempts to adjust it. I expect it will be resolved soon.
Here's what the back of these quilts look like. It's nothing special except the specialness of being done! I'm all caught up on veterans quilts until the meeting Tuesday night.
This weekend is all about getting the green quilt top together.
6/5/2021 07:55:21 am
I hope you can easily fix that "right to left" issue.
6/5/2021 08:12:16 am
Frustration with longarming is my constant companion. I have had all kinds of tension issues all along. I am wondering whether I should buy a different brand, I have a Nolting NV. I have tried changing every little thing- needles, bobbins, thread, clamps, etc and a quilt that starts out great, the last 1/4 is a battle for tension. I have no computerizations, all hand guided. Sorry for the rant.
6/5/2021 05:57:44 pm
Afraid I know absolutely nothing about how longarm machines work but have to say they look complicated. Good for you for even attempting a repair. Hope it soon gets sorted and running smoothly.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.