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Has this ever happened to you? Everything is going along beautifully and out of nowhere – an oil stain on your Embroidery Project!
How do these things happen? And always at the worst possible time! On the worst possible item – one you can’t replace!!!
Well it happened to me on a White Apron I was working on. Happily, I remembered that I had bought something months before that was supposed to remove this kind of stain. I had been shopping in our TexmacDirect.com store here at TEXMAC’S Corporate Offices where I am located. I love shopping in there by the way. Anyway, I was browsing around one day and saw a can of stuff that said it would remove stains and thought,
Now, here I was, the unthinkable, my last white Apron on the shelf and my last Christmas Gift, with a great big Blop of Oil! Just before I panicked and headed for the store to look for another apron I remembered that can of stain remover I had bought so long ago. Now I just had to find that can!
David Hufnagel and I will be at the DAX Show in Tinley Park, IL this month. As always, we will be demonstrating our fabulous Happy Embroidery Machines at the show. I will also be demonstrating the Patch technique I featured in my last post and showed at the Everything Applique Conference last week in Atlanta, Georgia.
If you already own a Happy Embroidery Machine we would love to see you in Owner Class following the Show – be sure to register in advance – there is a link below for Show Registration and Owner Class Registration.
Show Dates: Friday & Saturday – April 21-22 Show Registration: www.DAXShow.com
Class Date: Sunday – April 23 Owner Class Registration: https://happyemb.com/…/registration_training_chicagoland_20…
Learn more about the Tax Savings available with your Happy Embroidery Machine Purchase here: Section 179 Tax Savings
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I am always trying to think of something new and different for display at the Trade Shows. Since I made an Embroidered Snowman Quilt for display at AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines next week, I decided to make matching flags that spell out Happy. These will hang on the opposite wall of our booth.
The video below is the finished Flag Design. I have Step-By-Step pictures at the bottom of this post done when I was still designing the look of the flags so they don’t look the same. Who of us ever finishes the way we start?
This video shows how I “Tweaked” the Star design I used for the border of the finished flags.
Well, I am almost ready for AQS Quilt Week in Des Moines, IA – October 5-8. Did I say almost? Maybe it’s more like, “Oh no! I’m not nearly ready. It’s going to take all night, every night to make my vision come true for the booth!” Well, OK, it is somewhere in between the two.
I will be in a corner booth just outside the Learning Center so be sure and stop in and say hello.
We will have great prices – especially for the AQS Members as part of their “I Am AQS” program.
1.Examine the results by looking at the reverse side. Check each satin sample to ensure there is a white strip of bobbin thread 25%-33% in the
center. Then, if:
– Bobbin strip is very thin or non-existent: that thread is very loose. Tighten using the upper tension knob for that needle.
–Bobbin strip is a little thin but consistent: thread is slightly loose. Tighten using the upper tension knob for that needle.
–Bobbin strip is wide to a large degree, some of it being pulled around to the front: That thread is very tight. Loosen using the
upper tension knob for that needle.
– Bobbin strip is only slightly wide: The thread is slightly over-tight. Loosen using the lower tensioning knob for that thread.
2.Notes: Make big adjustments. When tightening or loosening, make several full turns in either direction (turning the knob just a few clicks in either direction will not make any difference in tension.) Then, re-pull the thread after adjusting to let the new tension setting “set up” through the tensioners and guides.
3.Maintain a balance between the 2 tension knobs. Do not over-tighten one, leaving the other too loose. The lower knob should not be tightened to the point that its wheel cannot turn. Generally, neither knob should be set so tightly that the mounting post protrudes above the knob center.
Sometimes it is the smallest things that cause us the biggest problems. A perfect example of this is your Bobbin Case. Many times we hear that someone is experiencing serious issues with stitch outs and after troubleshooting – it’s lint in the bobbin case! This can be extremely frustrating after hours of struggle, trial and error, damaged materials . . . you know . . . I’m sure you’ve been there.
A Bobbin Case costs just $12 – https://texmacdirect.com/shop/bobbin-thread/bobbin-case-for-hch-hcs-hcd-hcr-2/
I actually have 4 Bobbin Cases for my Happy HCD2 15 Needle Embroidery Machine.
#1 – Regular Stitching Case – Used for just that – Regular Embroidery Stitching – the kind I do the most.
#2- Metal Bobbin Case – This one has the Anti-BackLash Spring inside it – https://texmacdirect.com/shop/5deals/anti-backlash-spring-2/ This spring, as explained in the video below, is used when I wind my own bobbins with thread to match the top thread. Since you don’t want this Spring installed if you are not using the Metal Bobbins, I decided to just leave it in the Bobbin Case and swap out Bobbin Cases when I use the Metal Bobbins. I was also afraid I would lose this little Spring and not have it when I needed it – safest place to keep it? – in a Bobbin Case! The Happy Machines do not come with these Metal Bobbins as most of our customers use Pre-Wound Bobbins. If you would like to wind your own Bobbins, you can purchase the Metal Bobbins and the Anti-Backlash Spring at www.TexmacDirect.com
#3 – Quilting Case – This is the Bobbin Case I use when I am Quilting my Quilt Sandwich (Pieced Top/Batting/Backing). When I am Quilting, I need the Tension on the Bobbin Case to be set much looser than the Tension when I am stitching regular embroidery designs. With Quilting, I want the Top and Bobbin Thread to “meet in the middle”. I don’t want to see Bobbin Thread on the Top or Top Thread on the Bottom. I also don’t want to be constantly loosening and re-tightening the screw on my Bobbin Case so I just bought a 3rd Bobbin Case that is set and dedicated to Quilting. I put this Case in a small plastic zip bag with a piece of Quilt Batting in it so I know that it is my Quilting Bobbin Case. I have painted a stripe of nail polish across it as well, as a identifier, that this is not my Regular Bobbin Case – but that will wear off in time. For safety and to avoid confusion, I take that case out, use it and put it straight back in the little bag with the Batting when I finish Quilting. Because I don’t like having to “mess” with my Tension Dials, I have dedicated Needle 1 on my machine to Quilting. The Tension Dials for this Quilting Needle are set very, very tight, allowing them to pull the loosened Bobbin Thread towards the Top, allowing them to meet in the middle for a beautiful Quilting Stitch on my Quilts.
#4 – Emergency Case – Just like the Spare Tire in my car for emergency, unexpected Flat Tires, this is my “Spare” Bobbin Case – the Tension on this case is set the same as the Tension on my “Regular Stitching Case”, the kind of stitching I do the most. If I have a problem with my Regular Case – like drop it and step on it, kinda flattening it out on one side (don’t ask) – I don’t have to mess with one of my “Specialty” cases, I just pull out my Spare and keep right on stitching! You know, you don’t have to step on it to get it “out of round”, just dropping it can cause that (Don’t Ask!)
Well, look at it this way, if you have a needle problem you can simply move the thread to a different needle and keep right on stitching. But, if the problem is the Bobbin Case, what are you gonna do? All the needles use that one Bobbin Case!
As I said at the beginning, believe it or not, just a little bit of fuzz or thread under the Tension Flap on the Bobbin Case could be the entire cause of your current Stitchout Nightmare! (DON’T ASK – REALLY – DON’T ASK!)
This video is one of our Education Manager, Rene Rosales, videos on YouTube. This is one of the setup videos for our HCD2 15 Needle machine – about halfway through this video, Rene shows up close inserting the bobbin in the bobbin case and re-loading it into the machine:
Below is a video on Inserting and Cleaning your Bobbin Case by Bill Garvin: