If you are a regular reader you know that I machine quilt my quilts on with a Pfaff Grand Quilter and Next Generation Frame.
I have lamented about problems I have had with thread breakage. It has plagued and plagued and plagued me. I have asked for help from online groups and have followed their advice. I have begged for more advice. Honestly, I would stitch five inches and the thread would break. Sometimes it would be fine…other times AWFUL. I started to take notes on each quilt I was working on…the size, the thread, the batting, everything I could think of. I hoped no one could sell a machine this crappy…there HAD to be a solution.
I started pricing different machines but I could not justify spending more money on something that might be equally frustrating. I began to replace some parts as people suggested…a new bobbin case, new throat plates, new clamps…new rails…the list goes on. Nothing helped much.
Then one day I read a message on the Pfaff Grand Quilter Yahoo group I belong to. The lady said that she raises the front bar. WOW…I was so excited I ran upstairs to the machine and thought this could be it. I don’t raise that front bar….
I got to my machine and investigated…..
WHAT? I can’t raise the bar. That lady must be talking about a different model.
My hubby came in and I dragged him up to look…He started talking about how he could “build something” and attach it so the front bar could be raised. Then spring planting came and he forgot all about it.
Then one Sunday I was up working on a quilt and he came up and was talking to me….I was again lamenting about thread breakage and how I thought there has to be something so that bar can raise….Why would there be measurement lines if the bar cannot raise? We talked about new machines and then he hollered STOP! He asked if he could look at the frame. After a minute or so he grabbed some tools and said he had an idea…..
While the quilt was on the frame he unscrewed some screws and raised the whole front…if you compare the two pictures you will see that the piece that has the word Pfaff on it is higher in the second photo.
I quilted the rest of the quilt….no thread breakage. I was ready to sing and shout! I wanted to tell everyone but I decided no….I have thought I fixed this problem before…and hadn’t. I have since quilted THREE quilts on the frame….NO THREAD BREAKAGE!!
When I am working on a quilt, I raise the front bar AND the take up bar. I now have no thread breakage problems.
Here is another view….
If the sides of your frame are not even with the front and back piece, you need to raise it up. Along the sides there are several sets of holes that screws can go in…you need it to be in a higher set of screws.
I have heard of SO many people with this problem…please spread the word that this is a possible fix for thread breakage in your Pfaff Grand Quilter and Next Generation Frame.