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Block RockiT Set Up
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The Importance of Reading Instructions When Setting Up Your Block Rockit

            The day finally comes. Your very own Block Rockit arrives at your door. You bring it inside (most likely with someone’s help if it weighs too much for you to lift, it’s about 55lbs) and open the box.

What do you do next?

The Importance of Reading Instructions When Setting Up Your Block Rockit

            The day finally comes. Your very own Block Rockit arrives at your door. You bring it inside (most likely with someone’s help if it weighs too much for you to lift, it’s about 55lbs) and open the box. What do you do next?

            When you remove the packaging, what is the first thing you should do? While the excitement and thrill of finally getting your own quilting machine might tell you that you should plug it in and start quilting right away, that is not what we advise. Rather, the very first thing you should do is grab the instruction manual and find a comfortable place to study up on your new machine. Yes, this is going to require patience, and you might have to dig deep on this one (we understand, it’s not every day you get your own quilting machine), but a basic understanding of how to put together and operate your Block Rockit will pay off immensely as you understand how your machine works.

            One of the nicest things about this quilting machine is how user friendly it is. However, that does not mean that you should skip reading the instructions completely and jump right in. No matter your skill level of sewing/quilting, be sure to set aside time to read the instructions before you do anything else with the machine.  This will help us be able to help you more effectively (if you find that you need it) as you set your machine up for quilting.

            You’ll start out by reading important safety instructions, and move onto the different parts of the machine that you should familiarize yourself with. It’s a good idea to know all the different parts of the machine, so that when you do find that you need help, you’re able to contact KathyQuilts or the Grace Company and describe to us exactly which part of the machine you are having issues with.

            You’ll continue on by reading about the parts and accessories/tools that come with your machine. Be sure to call the Grace Company if you are missing any parts—they will be very good to send a replacement quickly (The Grace Company packages the machines at their warehouse and have all the necessary parts and tools, while we at KathyQuilts do not keep the tools on hand to ship. So, if you find that you need a part, you can call the Grace Co. directly or call us and we will give you their contact information).

            Next, the instructions for setting up the wheels are given. It’s important that your machine rolls across your frame smoothly. Be sure to adjust the wheels following the instructions.Installing the encoder on the carriage is the next part of the assembly of the machine. We have found that a lot of people have a hard time following/understanding what the instructions are saying in the manual. We have created a simple video on YouTube.com that helps elaborate on these instructions. The encoder will help your stitch regulator function properly for the machine, so it’s vital that it is installed correctly. If you read all of the instructions, watch the video we’ve posted, and still don’t understand, DO NOT HESITATE to call or email us. Calling is the fastest way to contact us, and if you email/post of Facebook then you can expect and answer within 2-3 days (we are closed on Sundays). We really want the set up of your machine to be done with as little frustration as possible, so if you need help, contact us. However, like we have mentioned previously in this post, we will be able to help you the very best AFTER you have read the instructions and watched the video.

Next, you will come to the threading of the machine, bobbin winder, and bobbin. There is a detailed video of this on YouTube.com, along with information on adjusting the tension of your machine.  Pay special attention to these threading areas, as they are frequently missed/not followed correctly: make sure the needle is installed correctly (there are instructions on how to do this), be sure the thread is deep in the tension disks (and that they are absolutely lint free), and make sure the thread is in every single thread guide. It’s very easy to install the needle incorrectly or not in all of the way. This will cause a lot of thread breakage and other problems—so always double check this important point.

Moving on, you will to read about the basic controls of the machine and how to choose your quilting mode. Reading about these first will help you when the time comes to try each mode. If you do not understand the instructions, have the manual close by when you start quilting so you can use it as a reference.

Next, you will read about the hopping foot adjustment, keeping the bobbin area clean, oiling the machine, trouble shooting, and installing the rear handles. Be sure to read every detail, as this will help you in each of these important aspects of your machine.

After reading your instructions, you are ready to lift the machine out of the box and get started! It’s always good to keep your manual near by (especially at the beginning of using your machine) as a reference. Even to this day, I still have to look up how to sew a buttonhole in my Bernina instruction manual every time, even though I’ve done it over and over! I’m not sure if that is a normal thing, but I know that keeping your manual closely will help out a ton in the beginning! When in doubt, go to the instructions…and then if you’re still having issues/questions/comments always feel free to contact us! We love to help! 

About the Author

Rachel graduated from Brigham Young University in 2009 with a teaching degree in Family and Consumer Science. She went on to teach and train industrial sewing operators until 2012. She is now a stay at home mom and works part time from home for Kathy Quilts. She loves to travel, create things, watch movies, go to Disneyland, read, and spend time with her husband and kids.

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