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Mega quilter problems
I've had no issue with my nachine for years. 2 months ago, the bar on the F
MQ foot that rests on the needle bar snapped when I was free motion quiltin
g and my machine was in for service for a month. I have had issues with thr
ead shredding when it's on the frame ever since, especially when I quilt ri
ght to left. I have tried EVERYTHING that's posted on dozens of boards. It  
works just fine off the frame although I haven't tried ruler work off the f
rame. Husqvarna is no help.
Because the machine threads left to right, I suspect that has something to  
do with it when sewing right to left. At first, I thought my needle must be
 piercing the thread causing it to shred. Dont think so? Then i thought bob
bin tension is affected when sewing right to left. May be?  Surely, they ca
n't expect us to only sew left to right when fm quilting all the time?  
I'm using HLx5 needles. Have tried top stitch needles. I've tried Sew Fine,
 Glide and mettler thread. Sew Fine has always been my favorite. I've order
ed new spools. I've disconnected my Quilters Dream Cruise control and am us
ing the basic stitch regulator. Absolutely nothing helps. I've taken it in  
for service twice and have had multiple phone conversations. Nada.  
There are so few conversations on line about the HMQ, I xant decide if it's
 because no one else has problems with them or so few of us bought them???

Re: Mega quilter problems
I bought a MegaQuilter and frame, used, about 7 years ago. I quilted five q
uilts on it. Fooey. I tried the machine as a standalone. Fine for straight  
stitching but I couldn't free-motion without thread breaking. I checked the
 thread, the threading, everything. Fooey again. Meanwhile I quilted dozens
 of quilts on my regular domestic machine, Pfrieda (Pfaff 1472). She was Pf
earless! Alas, the motor gave out last fall.  I bought a new Janome with an
 11" arm and nice, bright LED lighting. It's great.  

I offered the MegaQ in trade but the dealer didn't want it. The Midwest Mis
sion Distribution Center of the United Methodist Church has a sewing machin
e ministry. They accept ANY sewing machines. Volunteers know how to refurbi
sh them. The machines are sent to mission projects (mostly for economic emp
owerment for women).  The MegaQ went there and, presumably, it will provide
 years of service.  http://www.midwestmission.org is the website. [I also d
onated a serger and two vintage machines that I was given by people who jus
t wanted them to go away.]


Re: Mega quilter problems
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:55:38 AM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrot
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kipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tensio
ns, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the t
hread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quilti
ng, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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 I wish I had read this before I bought my Mega Quilter, I'm having the sam
e issues, thread kept breaking, changed thread, solved the problem, now it  
is skipping stiches and the needle keeps breaking, it's driving me crazy.  
I'm using the needles recommended in the manual, still skipping and breakin
g needles.  I always thought Viking was a good name, I beginning to think n
ot.

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On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7:55:38 AM UTC-6, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrot
e:
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kipping stitches and the thread keeps breaking. I have adjusted both tensio
ns, and re-threaded, adjust the frame,it sews good for a minute, then the t
hread breaks or skips stitches. It is driving me crazy...I am new to quilti
ng, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Almost 3 years ago I did troubleshooting on our MegaQuilter 18-8, It turned
 out one of the encoders was just about frozen and would turn rotate proper
ly. Replaced the encoder, and it has been working flawlessly since.

Also, recently the stitcher box failed. I sent away the motor box for modif
ications. The entire system is working so well, I would not consider replac
ing it with anything else. It is amazing the difference it has made!

Al, in Missouri


Mega quilter problems
I also am having same isssues I took it in and had a bent arm 160 late it is all about the tension

Mega quilter problems
Just found that I can access the group and wanted to add my two cents about
 the Viking Mega Quilter to this many years long thread?. I?
??ve had my Mega Uilter for about 5;years.  I do not have it on a frame
.  I purchased it strictly for machine quilting - (which I don?t re
ally enjoy). I have never had a problem with mine, except for the needle th
reader.  Someone commented about how difficult it is to thread and I agree,
 so whenever I have to change threads, I just tie the new thread onto the o
ld thread and nine times out of ten, it goes all the way through the eye of
 the needle!  I don?t know if anyone mentioned this, but the Mega Q
uilter is made by Janome.  The dealer, who is a ?master electrician
?, (sounds impressive) told me that in his opinion, Janome makes th
e best machine on the market.  I don?t know about that, but I found
 out after the fact that a friend of mine has the Janome version of the Meg
a Quilter and they are clearly the same machine with a couple of small diff
erences.

Re: Mega quilter problems
The Viking MQ I bought from a friend sat under the sewing table for years,  
unused.  I could not free-motion without the thread breaking. The side-moun
ted bobbin was a pain to change.  Earlier this year (or was it last fall??)
 I gave it and three other machines to the United Methodist Missions agency
. They have volunteers who refurbish machines and send them to economic dev
elopment projects.  I was SOOOOO glad to be rid of the MQ.    My Janome MQ8
200 is just fine for regular sewing and for machine quilting.

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