I DID IT! I took a big gulp, read the manual (about a thousand times), figured out how to attach the unit, how to edit on the iPad, etc, and did my first embroidery, a quilt label. It was definitely larger than I wanted—I reduced to 80 percent but it was still too big for my taste, but I did it! I’ve uploaded three photos to my new album, Sarah Ann Smith. One of the full label, one of the brown lettering (Q for Jim on that below), and one of the spot in the machine I’m proposing to tweak—or not— with Jim’s input)
So now come the questions, with some info first:
I used :
Superior Threads 40 wt trilobal poly in the needle
Superior Threads 60 wt bottom line in the bobbin
A Topstitch 14/90 needle
the big square hoop (23?)
C&T Washaway Applique stabilizer (which is pretty much what I had, on a roll)
and regular weight quilting cotton (white PFD, prepared for dyeing)
Yellow dot bobbin case, default setting until I got to the brown
I did not iron the stabilizer to the cloth. I will do that next time, and perhaps use two layers.
For the large motifs and “Dianne’s Scrolls” the tension was fine. On the small font, though, the tension was horrid. The machine for some bizarre reason began stitching with the 339 Ludwig Road line, then my name, then the lower 3 lines. I realized right away that on the brown, my blue bobbin thread was showing (no, I didn’t stop, move the hoop out of the way and change the bobbin color… I figured this was my first one, there was only so much I could cope!). I decreased the tension three times, finally getting all the way down to 0.0!
Jim: this tells me (in my newbie to embroidery and the 15000) that I think the needle tension is simply too tight. I’ve had issues with the tension on this machine in every mode: red arrow, blue arrow and now yellow dot bobbin cases. I keep lowering and lowering, and no love.
On my 8900, after consulting with the local technician, I turned the arrow on the panel next to the take up lever slightly towards the minus sign. Since the nearest authorized and experienced repair person for the 15000 is a 5-6 hour round trip (depending on traffic), I’m proposing to do the same on the 15000. Jim, what do you think? And if I do, how much should I turn it—-5 minutes worth? More? Less? If Tony’s shop were any closer, I’d pack it all up and head down with an appointment, but it is a LONG way away, nearly in NH and I’m halfway from there to Canada! I put a photo in the album which shows the screw I’m talking about. Thanks for any help!
And for everyone: comments on how to do better on not puckering the fabric are welcome. I REALLY am looking forward to when Jim has those DVDs ready—I managed but gosh I wasted a lot of time figuring out which folder button to push to save etc, inadvertently made whole new folders that I can’t figure out how to delete, etc!
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