Darlene’s Thread: Sewer’s Dozen Singer Futura Quartet Embroidery Tips
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Bobby, a representative in Singer’s customer service department says that, “whenever you purchase a new machine, it’s like buying a new car. It has all the same bells and whistles as your old model, but all the buttons and gizmos are in different locations. Take the time to get to know the new personality of your machine. Some of the features may have a bit of a different temperament than the ones you’re used to.” I couldn’t agree with her more!
Learning the new Quartet was not without a few hiccups in the beginning, but with gentle coaxing and a little patience, I’m confident that you will have the strongest embroidery partnership in a Singer machine yet!
Following are the challenges I encountered that I wanted to share them with you, so you can avoid any hiccups of your own!
Darlene’s Sewer’s Dozen Singer Futura Quartet Embroidery Tips
1. Hold both top and bottom threads towards the back of the foot before embroidering. Make sure that the top thread goes through the hole in the embroidery foot.
2. When re-sizing a design, use the stitch processor. Click DESIGN/CHANGE SIZE, then check the percentage box. NEVER go beyond 149% at a time!
3. Hold the Embroidery Arm with your left hand while sliding the hoop on with your right. Listen for the ‘click’ in place. This will prevent the hoop from shifting out of alignment in the middle of a design run if you have a bobbin change.
4. When you complete the stitching of a design, close out the transmit to machine window before removing the hoop.
5. When you are stitching a dense design or photo stitch,or using metallic threads slow down the speed of the machine using the speed control on the front panel. You may use this in tandem with the stitch limiter that is inside the digitizing program.
6. If you notice that the embroidery threads are twisting a lot coming off the spool, try using a thread net to ensure a more even thread feed.
7. To make multi-hooping easier, hoop only the project lining up your X & Y lines with the hoop’s notches and then slip the heavy cut away or tear away stabilizer under the hoop just before starting to sew. The stitches will keep the stabilizer in place.
8. If you find that you have missed some stitches (bobbin runs out or top thread shreds/breaks) you may use your needle down button to advance forward in a design and conversely use the reverse stitch to go back.
9. Use only Singer needles. Other brands are different lengths that are not always noticeable to the naked eye. A difference in length as fine as a frog hair can hit the bobbin casing causing tension problems and missed stitches.
10. You must use a professional “L” square or “T” square when marking the “X” and “Y” axis. The angles must be exactly 90* for the best results in multi-hooping.
11. Always start with a full 15J size bobbin and use embroidery bobbin fill thread for best results.
12. Your design may not cover the marks when multi-hooping so be sure to invest in a removable marker. There are heat and water dissolving markers for under $5.00 and are a must have in your embroidery arsenal.
13. If you ambitiously multi-hoop a photostitch as one of your first Quartet embroideries and one or two ‘holes’ are in the final design, don’t worry! You can always convert your Quartet to sewing and do a little free-motion thread-painting to fill in any gaps, add more color or thicken the stitches in any given area. At any rate, it will be your one-of-a-kind masterpiece!
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How to Resolve Troubleshooting Problems with the Singer Futura Quartet
1) Always start in the tools menu and select which hoop size you are going to use.
2) Choose designs according to hoop sizes from the library menu.
3) After all software is installed, turn on your computer. Plug in USB cable from computer to machine.
4) Now Turn on sewing machine as a sewing machine. Open the rolling door (backside left) and slide on the embroidery arm. Hoop arm should adjust itself.
5) Now attach the embroidery foot making sure that it is seated in place. (NOT the jumping jack foot with the spring. Use only the all metal embroidery foot for embroidering)
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