Thursday, March 26, 2015

She gave her all...

Miss Betty I aka HQ16, has just come to my rescue one more time - she gave her ALL, her main hook assembly, so Miss Betty II might finally be fixed:

See the drive shaft w/NO hook assembly or bobbin case?
It occurred to yours truly while trying to figure out one more thing to just 'try' to see IF we couldn't get Miss Betty II back to quilting ALL those Quilts of Valor patiently waiting, to see if a much needed hook assembly part from Betty I might solve our thread shredding/looping problems...

Blue LAVA top thread being yanked to the back in BIG looong loops on this Quilt of Valor

Notice just how sporadic the stitching is - looks good for awhile and then BLAM - blue pukey thread all over the place...

Not a pretty sight on the left!  Notice the 'swirls' in the middle that were quilted AFTER the hook assemblies were swapped - what a huge difference...
And here's the culprit of ALL these nasty stitches:

Multiple scratches and dings can bee seen near the top -
no wonder she was looping and puking thread!
Now that Miss Betty I has graciously 'donated' her precious hook assembly:

Miss Betty I gives her ALL
And look at the quilting stitches of the Avante now:

Checking the 'new' stitching w/old hook assembly swapped for Miss Betty II - looking good!
You can really see the difference here:

Now that's what good stitches should look like, right?
Miss Betty II will now stitch 'right to left' w/NO skipped/shredded stitches!
This was NOT an easy fix and one I'm glad to FINALLY be done with.  You'll remember, it ALL started way back in November:  Course now, we still need a hook assembly for Miss Betty I - I'm sure we'll be able to figure out something...

And of course, this 'intended' Quilt of Valor will need to be replaced with another, since the stitching on this one is completely unacceptable and will most certainly NOT meet QOVF Standards of Excellence.  However, it will serve as a gentle reminder ALL Miss Betty I & II and I have been through together these past few months...Whew!

In the meantime - we're quilting and Quilting and QUILTING away ;-)

Time to get back to it - we've got a QOV Competition quilt to finish up by Monday!



  1. Oh. My. Word. Poor girl has sure been through the ringer! So glad you are finally getting to the source of the problem! You are getting to be quite the HQ pro at fixing things. The stitching looks so much better on Miss Betty 2 now!

  2. Thanks! Couldn't have done it without ALL the HQ help I've received, that's for sure!!

    I have to say, it's like quilting on a brand-new machine! What a relief to not have to be nervous about quilting on it, scared of what might be happening on the 'back' of the quilt...much less stressful quilting now ;-)

    Happy Quilting!

  3. good to have the machines with interchangeable parts!!!

  4. Way to go Betty 1 coming to the rescue.