I have not been able to quilt on my New Joy Gold frame because I have been a bit frustrated with it skipping stitches when the sewing machine got to a certain spot. After a lot of researching, I realized that the frame could not support my sewing machine (Janome 1600P) at the center point between the center and side legs. This was not a problem with the smaller quilt frame, but I purchased the larger (wider) frame. So what to do? I read all the comments and convos on the Google site and found one person who had her husband support the frame better...so I asked my husband to help me. First I called the support group and spoke with Tom to see if I could buy 4 additional legs and leg supports (the metal bar that goes between the front and back legs). Luckily, they had some in some in stock, so I ordered them. My husband had to drill holes into the frame to install the legs. Then we leveled the frame with shims. Of course, my husband did not like this solution because he did not think they would stay in place, so he surfed the web to find these 1"square tube insert and hex. He bought them on the International Components website for under $4 each. What these inserts allow you to do, is to raise or lower each leg individually. So we replaced all of the original inserts (that came with the frame) with these new inserts and then leveled the frame. I have to say that this frame is really secure now. I can't wait to try quilting on it. I know this was such a long post, but I wanted to provide this information to anyone else out there who might have this problem. I know how frustrating it was for me. I cannot tell you how frustrated...and you don't want to know.
This is what my frame looks like now:
|The insert on the left is the original ones that came with the frame. The one on the right are the ones we purchased.|
So now my husband is trying to find a solution to this mess:
He wants to tidy up these wires and perhaps put them on a platform with wheels underneath.