Applique Tuesday

Still no applique. Alan here today, and yesterday, I drove two hours to the store where I bought my Juki.  After several calls to the service dept, we both realized that there was something not quite right about the TL 2010Q and they needed to see it.  I got there a few minutes after the store opened.  They helped me unload and set up my machine.  I then began with the walking foot issue.  I put that foot on and started to sew.   After about a minute, both the sales rep and I noticed a definite change to the noise the machine was making.  Right away she sent for a technician.  Mario, a very nice and patient tech, listened to my concerns and my machine and said, yes, it needed fine tuning.  First, the walking foot was getting hung up on the screw that holds the needle - happens sometimes - he bent the arm and now seems to be working and adjusted the needle to go down directly in the center of the whole of the throat plate - thus making the bobbin hook consistently catch the top thread and stop the skipping of stitches.  Took it home and have been sewing with it for about 2 hours and it looks like the problems have been solve. Thank the Lord!

And today, Alan is here so no sewing being done.  I am presently quilting another baby quilt that I need to gift by the end of the week. I'll take a photo for Friday.

In the meantime, here's a tip about applique fabric I learned from Marguerite Tate at the workshop she gave for my Guild.

Keep your bits and pieces of fabric to which you have ironed Soft Fuse, Steam a Seam, Heat and Bond, or any fusible in a air tight plastic bin.  She has multiple bins with a different color in each.  Mine is not that extensive of a collection so they are in one.  This makes it so easy to find fabric already fused for my LE.  You know how many fabrics are needed in tiny pieces for that WIP.  Marguerite said keeping them away from air makes the fusible last longer until you need to use it.

In closing I have a question for those of you who machine quilt on a domestic.  What size needle do you use with Superior Bottom Line or any #60 weight thread?  Look forward to your replies.  Blessings!

Comments

Wow.....so glad that fixed your machine. Seems like this machine is getting really popular.

Loved the tip and have fun with Alan!
Angie I use 50Wt thread and I normally use a size 70 or 80 needle. I hope things work better for you now! Karen
Hello! I too am quilting on Juki, though it's an older model and mine is mounted on a frame. I've actually been using a large needle the most successfully, and 16/100. I know that sounds strange, but after a lot of experimenting, it is working the best for that machine. Thanks for the fusible tip. Mine are all jumbled up in my scrap bin with everything else. I need to sort that out! Have a super day!
hetty said…
I just use my 80 needle. And 50 thread. Didn't know there were other options. I usually don't do machine applique, but on the one I am working on right now it would be insane to try to applique it by hand.
Scooquilt said…
Glad you got you machine working! I usually use a 70 or 80, whatever I have handy.
desertskyquilts said…
Yay! So glad your machine issues are fixed!
Karen H said…
Glad that the problems were resolved. This is a fabulous machine and it is a real work horse. I just love mine!