I got quite a few rows completed yesterday on the quilt I have in the frame. For a while, I was wondering if I was going to get anything accomplished at all. The top thread kept breaking so I made sure the machine was threaded correctly, check; no lint or other grunge, check; make sure frame is level, check; loosen tension, check; get irritated with machine, double check. Nothing seemed to make any difference. I'd sew a few inches and then hear a change in the sound. Turn off the speed control and take a look to confirm what I knew had happened.
Finally, I changed the thread. I had another spool of the same colour but different brand and it has worked without problem. The original spool is one I have used in the past but I guess it just decided to take a sabbatical. I will move it to the rack that holds the thread for the table machine.
When everything works properly, a person can quilt a top very quickly. When it doesn't...
Often when we look at different or newer equipment, we do so believing that if we owned such a wonderful item, turning out quilts that would make others gasp in amazement would be a simple matter of waving a hand. The reverse is frequently the case. Everything has its problems and short comings. Everything has a learning curve.
I am thrilled to have a frame and machine. It is quicker and less work than quilting on a regular machine. But, it is not trouble free. Nothing is.