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I have an Artistic 18 long arm sewing machine. It keeps shutting off. Any ideas?
You have an electrical short somewhere. Unless you know about sewing machines, take it in for servicing.
how old is it? have you moved it around too much? It sounds like theres a wire frayed somewhere or a connection that's not being made. This can happen sometimes when the electrical cord has a fray in it or when any part of the components are not receiving power.
Bought it used in really good shape. Checked all the cords, all good. Janome said to have the main box replaced. I assume that it would be costly. When I am quilting, it just shuts off but the light stays on.
I started to have loops 4, 5, and 6 to each row. I picked them out and changed needles. I tightened the tension, no luck. I took it to a repairman and he said it needed a M hook because the outside edges of the M hook were sharp and that was causing it to loop. Is he feeding me a bunch of bull? I have not had any problem with machine other than it broke a needle on the quilt before this started to happen. Thanks.
While I'm not familiar with this brand machine I am familiar with sewing machines in general (and especially Singer antique-vintage-modern machines) and if your repair tech is saying you need an M hook, he's telling you the straight story.
Your threads are catching on the 'burred' bit on the hook, causing a 'stutter' in the machining that in turn causes the loops.
Have him change that hook ASAP so you can get back to quilting. Also, would you update to let us know what it cost you to have it changed so that we'll have the info for future reference?
Also, give this pdf a read - you may want to ask your repair tech what caused the hook to burr so that it doesn't happen again any time soon:
My long arm stopped working. The needle wouldn't move. I turned the wheel clockwise and counter clockwise and cleaned out the bobbin casing area. Now the needle hits the casing when I try and move the needle. How can I adjust the casing so the needle moves freely and enable me to sew?
The timing is off. There is an article with pictures here.
My longarm quilting machine jammed, and I disgorged a lot of thread, but the shaft doesn't turn and the motor grinds when I turn it on. I know it isn't a thread birdnest anymore, causing my machine to freeze.
You need to remove the protective cover from the flywheel belt. Here is a video that explains. http://tinlizzi t_id=BgLuF13uXck
My machine went into high speed and the needle broke. I shut off the machine and changed the needle. Now it skips stitches. I cleaned the machine and changed the needle again. I also changed the bobbin. It still skips stitches.
By Ruth G. from Oberlin, OH
It sounds to me like either the tension needs to be adjusted, or you have the bobbin in upside down.
I am experiencing poor stitch quality on my Gammill Optimum and Statler Stitcher, long arm quilting machine. My tension is good when stitching in one direction, but poor going the other way. The repair techs have been here 4 times. The hook assembly was replaced, but the stitches are slightly worse.
By Denise O
I don't know if you have contacted them, but this is their website: gammill.com/
I would include photos or maybe even fabric samples with the poor stitching shown.