Sorry ladies, but have not been feeling good today. Back has been giving me lots of pain. Shuffling about - unable to sit at sewing machine or computer for any length of time. Posting the Juki info took ages and didn't help. Just hope you gals found the content useful.
Was ready to chuck the machine out of the window . . . could not prevent the pedal running away with me. OK for a tippy toed - light footed fairy, but pedal too responsive to my size 6 (UK) foot. Tensions all wrong.
Didn't have this problem with my old Bernina.
BUT - the Juki has a large 'harp' which makes it a doddle to work on a bed-size quilt.
Offered the machine up for sale.
Only Angie Whiston from Staffs (www.angiequilts.blogspot.com) - and Maureen Lamb (www.quiltworks.co.uk) from Cumbria - saved the machine by encouraging me to persevere and offered some very helpful tips.
Left the machine for a few days before trying again.
Another useful source:
Leah Day (www.freemotionquilting.blogspot.com)
Not forgetting the amazing Patsy Thompson (www.patsythompsondesigns.com)
Found this a bit tricky - ended up using 2 telephone directories to ease pressure off foot.
This is one speedy machine and can run away with you. Using the directories enabled me to slow the machine down.
There is a thread cutter on the pedal (red bit) which I disconnected. Idea sounds wonderful but I found it easer to use the scissor button on the body of the machine - less liable to to cut threads by hitting the red button by mistake. Fine for a very experienced professional machinist - which I am not.
Am primitive cook.
Enjoy quilting/appliqué but seeking to break out of my comfort zone - starting with feathers aka Patsy Thompson..
Like gardening, studying birds, drawing.
Relaxing and pottering about are high on my agenda.
Love music, play the ukulele and sing my heart out with local choirs.