Repeat from 9-15-13 and trouble…

Today I starting repeating all of Linda V. Taylor’s DVD and I am AMAZED at how much better I did on just the second pass! I made me feel a bit better than I was feeling this weekend. Here is what I did tonight:

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I tried doing the swirl from the center out… bad idea. I also was fighting tension the whole time. So here is my story of trouble:

It started on the 15th when I was finishing my first sampler quilt practice. I went over the same spot too many time and got the needle stuck in the quilt… oops. This could have done any number of things to the machine. 😦

Since I was afraid of a bent needle I replaced the needle immediately and since then I have had the top thread fraying and breaking. So what did I think it was?

1) The needle not being straight. I straightened the needle about a dozen times moving it ever so slightly both directions… still fraying.

2) Okay, lets check the the bobbin and make sure still has he correct tension and is in the correct direction and there are no loose threads or debris in it… everything seems good, still fraying

3) Now I decide to take a brush to the entire hook assembly area and all under the needle plate… still fraying

4) I undid the entire top thread and re-threaded back through the machine making sure it is all correct using the book… no longer fraying but the bottom thread is still laying on the back but only when I go from right to left, which now that I look back this is the direction I was going every time it was fraying and breaking… hmmm

5) In order to pull the bobbin up more then the top thread tension needs to be tightened, but it is already pulling when near points so maybe if I loosen the bobbin tension. Did this… still slightly loose going from right to left, but the rest of it is balanced. HMMM

At least it stopped fraying and my quilting looks better! *sigh* I hope I don’t have a burr or have timing issues but for now I will assume I am still just a total noob and am just not working out my tension properly.