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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 13:14 
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I’ve watched so many videos and so many diagrams as to how the too thread loops the bobbin, and just when I think I’ve got it, I haven’t. I am now fully committed to ‘magic’ as an acceptable explanation.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 13:33 
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I’ve watched so many videos and so many diagrams as to how the too thread loops the bobbin, and just when I think I’ve got it, I haven’t. I am now fully committed to ‘magic’ as an acceptable explanation.

Works for me! :D

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 18:55 
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@goddess Jasmine Og, what a shame!! there’s usually a tiny little screw in the bobbin set-up that can adjust tension, but usually you never need to touch the bobbin tension on a Brother drop-in bobbin machine. Tensioning should be altered using the top thread 99.5% of the time. Just in case, take out and put the bobbin in a couple of times (making sure it’s the right way around and following the thread channel to the cutting blade) and when you pull it through there should be some ‘drag’ on the tension. If it feels to pull through loose, take it out and start again. Make sure you have the right depth bobbin in (the one that came with it) as there are some that are about 1mm narrower and they won’t tension properly.

If you have a machine where the bobbin tension has shipped with it not properly set then you are incredibly unlucky but hopefully will be able to set it. Your machine is like a fancier version of mine (which is the FS100WT I think). Your machine is gorgeous. Happy sewing.

Thought I'd reply in here so as not to take over the things that we have brought thread.

I think it was a mixture of things really. The only fabric I had to hand that wasn't stretch was cotton poplin, so very thin. I was using the thread that came with it, Brildor, which seems to be quite robust. After I'd posted I did take out the bobbin and rethread it along with playing with the tension - that did seem to make a difference - if in doubt, re-thread right? :)

I haven't had it out again since unfortunately. It's right here next to me, but I've been working on my report again today (I've been asked to work on that rather than attend training on Monday, but this training will be a good thing for me to have, so I'm choosing to do it in my own time for my own gain). Currently my work desk and sewing desk are one and the same, and I need to get this report finished tomorrow. I'm hoping it won't take more than a couple of hours, then I can have the afternoon sewing. I have some gifts to get finished. Also, pants. Always pants.

ETA: It's SO quiet. Joans didn't even realise I was testing it, he thought I was working - it practically purrs, I love it. :hug:

I love the hand/button controls too - I didn't even plug the pedal in. I will do, obviously I need to test everything, but it's just so convenient. AND it does buttonholes. It's SO different from last machine, I can tell how much of an upgrade it is. I had started to get a bit bored of it and was using my serger more, but trying this out has made me want to sew with cotton again. I can see some hats and bags in my future.

Did you manager to finish the hats for you and Russ?

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2021 19:09 
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Oh, I’m so pleased for you. YES, they are such quiet machines. I’ve got used to how quiet mine is now, but when I first used it I thought it was amazing. Yours is a fancier version of my machine.

Some things I love about it are: the max stitch speed selector, push button (no pedal) sewing, THAT THE THREAD CUTTER CUTS THE THREAD LONG ENOUGH SO IT DOESN’T GET SUCKED BSCK INFO THE BOBBIN, always ending on the needle down position. But yeah, the adjustable top speed is amazing, because I’m a pedal-to-the-floor sewer, so now I can sew at a normal speed. Did you get a wide quilting table extension with yours? I lost mine (twice) once when I got it and again when we moved, and finally found it again today.

I did make more hats, yes :D one each for Russell and I. I narrowed the brim a tad on Russell’s to make it more of a man’s hat, whilst still giving effective shade.

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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 11:12 
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Mimi wrote:
Oh, I’m so pleased for you. YES, they are such quiet machines. I’ve got used to how quiet mine is now, but when I first used it I thought it was amazing. Yours is a fancier version of my machine.

Some things I love about it are: the max stitch speed selector, push button (no pedal) sewing, THAT THE THREAD CUTTER CUTS THE THREAD LONG ENOUGH SO IT DOESN’T GET SUCKED BSCK INFO THE BOBBIN, always ending on the needle down position. But yeah, the adjustable top speed is amazing, because I’m a pedal-to-the-floor sewer, so now I can sew at a normal speed. Did you get a wide quilting table extension with yours? I lost mine (twice) once when I got it and again when we moved, and finally found it again today.

I did make more hats, yes :D one each for Russell and I. I narrowed the brim a tad on Russell’s to make it more of a man’s hat, whilst still giving effective shade.

I did get an extension table, yes. It looks like I have more stitch options, but yours can be used for free motion embroidery, so I don't think there's much of a difference.

Ooh, would love to see pictures of the hats if you get a chance. :)

I haven't set it up yet today, but hopefully can have a proper play around with it this afternoon.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 19:32 
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First stupid question. There is polystyrene inside the top of the hard case. It's pretty fixed in, but means it just balances on the machine. I'm guessing it's just packaging and I'm supposed to take it out so it fits more snugly?

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 19:58 
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Nope. It stays in there. I had exactly the same thought when I got mine so had to try and work out, and eventually found somewhere online where Brother says it is supposed to stay in. It’s glued into place.

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Yeah, it's fixed pretty solidly so I didn't want to just rip it out. Is it just meant to balance on top then, or should I've gently trying to push it down? I don't want to force anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Crafty stuff
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 21:33 
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It pretty much just balances on top. You’ll see the when you pick it up with the case on the combined handle has a good heft and is quite comfortable to old, and if it did compress down its do so then anyway (but it doesn’t). I agree, it’s unexpected. Also it means the case doesn’t reach the bottom of the machine, which makes you think it’s not fitting properly!

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