2018 Policy Update for the Use of the Longarm
The following policies are in place for the protection of the longarm and for everyone’s use.
Read the “User Guide for the Longarm” prior to using the machine. The Guide is in the Longarm cabinet in a white binder.
Check the user chart posted on the cabinet door to see when the machine was last oiled.
The machine is to be oiled after each 8 hours of use. (See oiling pictures in the Guide.)
After changing each bobbin, place 1 drop of oil in the bobbin case holder.
Use the stand-alone bobbin winder only. Watch the winding to make sure you have a smoothly wound bobbin that is not overfilled.
The needles to be used are in the plastic container that also holds the bobbin case. A needle needs to be changed when it is bent, breaks, becomes dull, or develops a burr. If your thread breaks 3-4 times, consider changing the needle.
SoFine #50 by Superior Threads is the thread to be used. If you prefer to use your own SoFine 50 thread, donation of this thread to the group does not replace payment for using the longarm. A color chart of the SoFine 50 thread can be found taped to the cabinet door.
Even, moderate speed is needed. Excessive speed and jerking motion can damage your quilt, the machine, and affects the quality of your stitching. Please slow down and use an even moderate speed. Preferably using 9-10 stitches per inch.
DO NOT DISASSEMBLE THE MACHINE.
The machine and table are to be cleaned for the next person’s use. Cleaning includes the bobbin area and above the needle. Please clean the rails of the table and the machine. Batting and instructions for cleaning can be found in the white binder in the cabinet. Follow these instructions for cleaning at the beginning and end of your session.
WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED, RETURN ALL EQUIPMENT TO THE ORIGINAL LOCATION.
In the second longarm cabinet there are many pantographs, books, patterns, etc.
If you remove any of these from the building, please sign them out. List the name of the item, your name, date, and phone number. Please return the item/s in a reasonable time. Sign them back in when they are returned.
PLEASE ENJOY, RESPECT AND TAKE PRIDE IN OUR MACHINE.
Long Arm report from Service done on 3-22-2017
Machine was “very clean” –thank you ladies!
Put in a new bobbin case
Adjusted the needle position. The needle was out of alignment, which usually happens when something is hit that is too thick or hard for the needle to go through. If you do hit something like that (the needle will most likely break), please let us know so we can check and readjust the alignment. There are ways of avoiding this, if your quilt has a lot of thick seams, please talk with one of the committee so we can show you how to work around this.
Hydraulics are working. The machine can be lowered (even lower than before) and raised. It is level where it is, so we will not be moving it back and forth.
Oil – places to oil and number of drops are on the machine. Continue to follow the 8 hour schedule and do not oil at the end of your session.
Threading slightly changed – marked on machine – no longer needs to go through the top eyelet twice, does not twist through the three hole bar - up thru first hole, down through the third hole, not twisting, not good for the thread.
Tension is set correctly, should not have to be adjusted. If the machine is not sewing correctly, first check threading of top and bobbin. Do not move the machine too fast or sporadically.