Letter From The Top

Dear Friends, 
Greetings from your Accomplish Quilting team! As 2016 comes to a close we are grateful for our many customers of past and present, new and exciting products to offer you and a bright future for our growing business. Our hope is that your year has been prosperous too and that you can accomplish much in the new year.
Come help us celebrate the holidays at either of our locations. Join us at the Goodlettsville this Saturday December 3rd from 1 PM to 4:30 PM for demonstrations, sales and refreshments. The St. Joseph holiday open house will be on December 10th from 12 PM to 4 PM. It's a great time to buy that machine that you've wanted, upgrade your INNOVA, trade-in your machine for a new INNOVA or stock up on supplies. 
Or come for the cookies!
Warm holiday wishes to all of you from your friends at Accomplish Quilting!
Best regards,
Jeff Benedict

Welcome to our new staff in Michigan and Tennessee:

  Randy - Sales      Ashley -  Sales       Ali - Media           Rico - Tech           Karen -  Sales
The Michigan Report

Quilter of the Month
Stop in to see the amazing collection of quilts belonging to Eileen Chapman, mother of our own team member Doug Chapman and an accomplished quilter. Eileen is a founding guild membeof our local Berrien Towne and Country Quilters, has designed paper pieced patterns, and self-published 7 pattern books. 

Classes and Events at the St. Joseph Store 
(Please call to reserve your spot.)

Dec 3 New Owner Training (9 am - 3 pm)
Join us for a great day of learning about longarming! We want our new owners to have the best quality training. You will learn about the INNOVA machine, load a practice piece, quilt it and connect with other quilters who have recently purchased a new machine or are considering a purchase. Cost is $75 or free with purchase of machine.  
Dec 10 Holiday Open House (12 pm - 4 pm)
Quilts and cookies, demos and door prizes, sales and cider!
Come make and take ornaments made on our longarms and using the Innova Sequin Stitcher. Buy an Innova at the Open House and get a chance to win a Deluxe Supply package.
All supplies in the store are 10% off during the Open House.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Accomplish Quilting!
The Tennessee Rep ort
Vintage Quilts from the Family of Sherry Burns

Classes and Events at the Goodlettsville Store 
(Please call to reserve your spot.)

Dec 2 - License to Longarm (10 am - 1 pm)  
Accomplish Quilting wants you to finish your own quilts and offers the training and assistance you need to use our equipment to finish your own quilts.  This 3-hour class will teach you the basics of using the machine and simple quilting techniques.  Once you have completed the class, you can sign up for rental time on our machines!  Special price of only $20!
Dec 3 - Holiday Open House (1 pm - 4:30 pm)
Join us for a demo every hour (feathers, borders, trapunto and leather!) and a special sale every hour (rulers, books and thread!)  Refreshments and lots of fun!  Visit the Accomplish Quilting, Nashville facebook page for more information!
Dec 10 - New Owner Training (9 am - 4 pm)  
All the information that a new owner needs to get a great start on an Innova Longarm Machine.  The cost is $75, or is included in the purchase of a new machine.
Dec 14 - T op Tenn Longarm Guild (10 am) 
Show and tell and so much more for the longarm quilter!  This month we will be bringing in cookies and quilting to share.  There are no dues and no rules, just a lot of fellowship and information!  This date has been changed from December 21 to December 14 in anticipation of the holidays.


Used Mach ine Sale
This month we are offering a Deluxe Supply Package with every used machine over $7000.00
(includes a 30yd roll of 80/20 batting, threads, needles, scissors, everything you need to get your machine up and running - a $500 value!)

Bring home an Essential Supply Package with every 
used machine under $7000.00 
(bobbins, pins, thread - all the essentials - $250 value!)


Each machine sale includes 4 days of Free Training! 
It's another way that we make Longarm Quilting easy!

Towa Bobbin Tension Gauge

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Use coupon code: December
Are you a lways unsure if  your  bobbin tension is correct? This handy gauge will help you m easure bobbin thread tension to help you get ideal stitch quality. To measure the tension of your bobbin, place your bobbin inside the bobbin case with the thread unwinding the correct way, then insert into the TOWA gauge. Pull your bobbin thread and guide it underneath the bottom wheel, over the top of the top wheel and then inside the catch. As you pull the thread to the side, you will see the top wheel move down while the numbers increase.  Check the Superior Threads website for their tension reference guide.
Offer Expires: December 31, 2016   
TechsTech's Tips
This is a repeat tip due to the interest shown in this 
information  during the recent Maintenance Class.
Ever gone to take a look at your stitches after finishing a row only to find your tension going in and out throughout the row? How about having the bobbin tension be wrong even though you've checked it repeatedly? We're going to take a quick look at the likely culprit for this things, the 2 different springs on each bobbin case.
Every bobbin case has 2 springs on or in it. One is the spring on the side that is used for tension on the thread, the other is the anti-backlash spring that rests inside the bobbin case, beneath the bobbin. Generally, these are sturdy and difficult to damage, but there are a number of things, that can bend or damage one, or both springs, like dropping the bobbin case or the needle hitting it.
First, the anti-backlash spring. It's exceedingly difficult to damage this spring. Far more likely is for the spring to get knocked out of the bobbin case itself, and then not get put back in properly.  This is something that many people overlook, but when inserting the anti-backlash spring, you have to get the fins on the sides into some grooves in the case. If you look closely at them, they are actually 2 different sizes, which means there is a right and a wrong side when putting it in.
Now, if you take a look at the picture on the right, you'll see one of the two grooves for the fins. The other is straight across for the one pictured. Make sure that both fins fit in the groove, otherwise you're putting the spring in backwards. Generally I'd recommend a small, flathead screw driver to help maneuver it.

Why is it so important to get this right? Well, take a look at the picture on the left. The top one is what it should look like on a bobbin with the spring put in correctly, the middle and bottom springs have been put in wrong. The spring actually pushed the bobbin out against the back of the bobbin hook, which adds just a bit of tension to everything when it sets correctly, like the top one. Set wrong, you're either going to be adding way to much tension (middle picture) or virtually no tension (bottom picture). In either case, it's going to mess with your tension throughout the quilt if it's not set right.  

Next up, we have the bobbin case's tension spring. If you've got a row on your quilt, and the tension looks like its going in and out as you go along, this is what you want to look at.  If you look at the picture to the right, you'll see the small slit that your thread goes through to leave the bobbin case. As you turn the tension screw to the right, that slit shrinks, increase the tension. Go to the left and the slit grows, decreasing the tension. Now, if that spring were to bend, that slit would no longer be the same size it's entire length. One side would have a smaller gap then the other, which means  as the thread moves around in the slit, its tension is going to continually change depending on where it is. It is very difficult to tell if this problem is present when you look at. Instead, make sure the thread is coming out of one side of the gap, feel the tension, then move to the other side of the gap, and do the same. You should be getting virtually identical amounts of tension on both sides. If you're not, there's a good chance the tension spring or the bobbin case itself has been bent, and needs to go in for repairs or be replaced.

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