Juki TL-2200QVP Mini Foot Pedal Circuit Board
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Star Pulse {Quilting Progress}

Having finished the Star Pulse bonus quilt over the weekend AND having already set myself up by basting the Star Pulse quilt, I was ready to get started quilting it this week.

Star Pulse Quilting Thread Selection

Star Pulse Quilting Thread Selection

Even better, months ago I had made sure I had color coordinating 50wt Aurifil thread on hand to quilt the bright and happy Libs Elliot Phosphor Electric prints. I’m pairing:

I knew that the first thing I was going to do was stitch in the ditch along the bright yellow Phosphor Electric in Safety skinny stripes, but I ran in to a snag. Even though I was *just* using my machine to finish the bonus quilt, it started doing something new as soon as I started quilting: I would be happily quilting along and then the thread cutter would randomly engage. This was happening quite frequently; about every 6″ or so. Which, after unstitching enough to get a thread to bury, is equivalent to making absolutely no quilting progress.

So, I stopped for the day in frustration. The next day, things started off looking more hopeful, but then it started doing the same thing. The only good news was that this time I had my husband by my side to watch and listen with me.

Juki TL-2200QVP Mini Foot Pedal Circuit Board

Juki TL-2200QVP Mini Foot Pedal Circuit Board

I honestly do not like thread cutters on my sewing machines. I know they are a great tool in the right situation, but as a quilter, I am not a fan. Many Juki machines in particular have the ability to use the thread cutter from the foot pedal. Press down your heal and the thread cutter engages. Press down your toe and you stitch. One of the reasons I purchased the TL-2200QVP Mini is that the foot pedal came with a pad that snaps under the heel portion of the foot pedal to make sure the thread cutter NEVER engages.

Well, after seeing that I did indeed have my toe pressed down on the foot pedal and the machine STILL decided to use the thread cutter, my husband took apart the foot pedal. At this point, I figured I was very likely going to have to purchase a new foot pedal one way or another, so no harm in letting him take a look. There were a few things he noticed:

  • The plastic hinges on the side of the foot pedal show wear. I do use my machine a lot.
  • There is a single logic control board inside the foot pedal that indicates to the machine whether to use the thread cutter or to stitch, and there is a small “dead band” in the circuitry when the foot pedal is sitting at rest.
  • The logic control board uses a neat custom sliding resistor to track pedal position, and the sliding contacts on that resistor naturally wear and build up carbon dust over time.

Lint/dust does accumulate everywhere, so my husband cleaned up all the contacts on the sliding resistor and lubricated all the other moving parts in the pedal and put it all back together. I am really happy to say that since his maintenance, I have had no issues at all. That said, we are talking about the possibility of trying to remove the solder from the thread cutting portion of the circuit board to disable the ability for the foot pedal to trigger the thread cutter, but we do risk making the stitch logic stop working if we do that. Something to ponder for another day.

Star Pulse Straightline Quilting Complete

Star Pulse Straight Line Quilting Complete

After the fix, it still took me a few days to get all of the straight line quilting complete. I’m not a fast straight line quilter: I move the machine speed to the lowest setting and I tend to not even go “full throttle”, which might be another reason why the circuitry needed to be refreshed – I hang out awfully close to that narrow deadband when I use my walking foot for quilting.

Star Pulse Free Motion Quilting Plan

Star Pulse Free Motion Quilting Plan

Up next: free motion quilting. I practiced a new to me FMQing motif back in April (pencil sketching, test stitching) based on a shape I loosely doodled in the steam of the shower door one evening. It’s probably a motif that has been used before, but I’m calling it a Bracket Stipple (think of quilting a part of a meander then quilting a bracket, then meander, then bracket, etc.). If you have seen it before and know it by a different name, let me know!

Wish me luck: hopefully this part goes quickly and I can have a finished quilt to link up to the Star Pulse Quilt Along final linkup by the end of June.

13 thoughts on “Star Pulse {Quilting Progress}

  1. Glad the cleaning addressed the foot pedal issue. My pedal went possessed on me once and would keep going even when my foot was off. I deep cleaning of accumulated lint took care of the issue then too.

  2. Vicki in MN says:

    I like your new ‘bracket’ quilting design, thanks for sharing!

  3. Glad you could fix that thread cutter issue. Looking forward to seeing the Star Pulse quilted.

  4. Sandra Solberg says:

    Yvonne, I had the same problem with my Juki foot pedal and ended up buying a new foot pedal and the accessory that is supposed to be the fix (it isn’t). Since then, I found a solution on YouTube, but I haven’t tried it yet. My new foot pedal rarely cuts the thread randomly so far, but I don’t expect that to last.

  5. Glad the two of you could put your heads together and fix the issue. Funny how quilting never really leaves our minds (the quilting design drawn on the shower door), that had me smiling – it’s a nice design and I think will work well!

  6. Connie E says:

    Thanks for sharing your foot pedal solution, although I’m sorry you encountered it. please keep us posted on any long term changes. I just purchased a TL-15 and absolutely love it except for that foot pedal. The first time I took it to a sewing bee, the foot pedal saddle fell off en route so when I started sewing all I was doing was engaging the thread cutter, time after time after time. What a panic!

  7. Sandra Solberg says:

    Juki Junkies has a YouTube video entitled Disable Juki TL-2010Q Foot Pedal Cutter. I haven’t tried this yet, as I found it after I gave up and purchased a new foot pedal, which so far behaves most of the time.

  8. aquilterstable says:

    Whew! Glad you and hubby were able to troubleshoot and fix the situation without having to take our maching in.

  9. Laura says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I will be taking a look at my foot pedal since I have been frustrated with the cutter as well. I have the pad to prevent the cutter from cutting, but I am not satisfied with it. I will try the deep cleaning and lubricating! :)

  10. Well, that is totally amazing and I bet you and your husband will get it figured out!

  11. Thanks for sharing your problem solving process related to the problem with your Juki. I love how you and your husband collaborate together. And like Wendy, I especially enjoyed you drawing your quilting design on the shower door!

  12. Kate says:

    So glad Your Guy was able to figure out the problem and get you back in business on the quilting. I like your stipple design, it’s definitely a “fancy” stipple.

  13. Kaja says:

    I’m glad you got this sorted out. I had to admit to myself that if I had a thread cutter on my foot pedal my quilting life would probably consist entirely of cursing and starting again.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)