I solved the "bobbin thread pulling forward on text" problem by just matching the bobbin color to the top color for the text part. The thread was really never pulling up on the pictures so matching wasn't a big deal there (good since there are about a million thread switches in the motorcycle design and I wouldn't have wanted to change bobbins every time!).
It was good to work some more with my machine and learn some more about how it and the software work. The motorcycle design is his motorcycle (a BMW R1200RT for anyone who cares) and I got it from Uniquewear. The design was a bit pricey (came to almost $8US) but it was the only place I could find his specific bike.