Over the last few weeks I have been pulling my hair out!!!!
We use invisible thread to make our flags. It works well most of the time but sure not lately. All you have to do is get lots of orders and it decides to have a temper tantrum. If it was a child we could put it in a corner for a time out. I love the Grandquilter one week and next hate it. No wait I love it but I hate it.
A major issue is that the invisible thread is only .004 monofilment. When it wants to work it will and when it doesn’t it sure lets you know. I have searched the internet for all kinds of helpful hints. My dream would be for the thread be just a little wider. But alas I think it’s a Impossible Dream.
I know it’s the tension but it sure felt good to write this post. Thank goodness we have a back-up machine for days like this. Maybe it will behave now. In the meantime if anyone has any helpful hints it would sure would be appreciated!
It’s hard to believe that I have had my Pfaff GrandQuilter for almost 3 years now. With our business growing each year it sure gets a lot of use. We average 4-5 hours a day for 5 days a week. The Pfaff GrandQuilter is a semi-industrial sewing machine designed for the home sewer and quilter and the “cottage industry” sewer and quilter. The following is a link to a PDF with FAQ about the GrandQuilter.It has quite a few helpful hints.
I took a couple of pictures of my sewing machine so you can see what it looks like. Since it’s a semi-industrial machine other than oiling regularly and cleaning there isn’t a lot of maintenance.It sure works great when going through multiple layers.
We use invisible thread for a lot of our sewing with the signal flags. One tip that we found that really works is when you go to fill the bobbin is to put your thread in a coffee cup behind the machine. Then thread it from there to fill your bobbin. By doing this it fills the bobbin evenly. Another thing is that since this Sulky polyester thread unwinds really fast stop just short of filling it and you will have less issues when sewing. It’s hard to see the thread in the picture since it’s clear but any cup similar in size to this one would work well.
This Spring Pfaff will be celebrating 150 years in business. It’s pretty amazing the changes over the years especially when you consider the first machine was in 1862 . This link with pictures show what they machines looked liked.
I hope these tips help you. I sure love my machine and plan on using it for a good long time!
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