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    Tension problem??

    I'm not a happy camper at the moment... spent an hour or so quilting this morning - it's a twin size 9 patch quilt that I'm free motion quilting. After putting in some difficult time on the center, I checked the back and an enormous amount of the quilting was a total mess - big loops of thread everywhere. What on earth?!?!

    So now I not only have to pick out all that stitching, but I have no idea what happened or how to keep it from happening again. Is this ringing a bell with anyone else out there?

    Deb
    There's still time to change the road you're on - Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

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    Re: Tension problem??

    It could be the type of thread you are using or your tension could be too tight or too loose.
    Always practice on scrap material first before doing any kind of project, that's what I do.
    I am trying to work with invisible thread - now that's a challenge. I've heard that I am not supposed to use it in the bobbin - well, who would have thunk that!
    It could also be that you may be going too slow with either your machine speed and/or your hands.
    I do like to free motion quilt myself, but sometimes it can be so frustrating on a small home machine.

    I have even spent hours finally getting my thread to turn out right on the front and back, turned the machine off for the night - next morning come out thinking it was perfect and messed up again. After another few hours playing with the thread and tension, I told anyone in the house that I WAS NOT turning off the machine until the quilt top was completely done and I didn't care if it was 3 in the morning. I did threaten the machine with a BBGun and I think that helped also.

    Hugs,
    Last edited by quiltingtrish; December 21, 2010, 02:03 PM. Reason: adding more
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      #3
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      Trish you are too funny. I'd probably do the same thing. lol Deb are you using a darning foot to do this or a walking foot. Trish can you even use a walking foot to do free motion?
      No, right? Unless you're doing like stitch in the ditch? I don't want to confuse Deb. Sorry I probably am aren't I. I confuse myself. Ha Ha. Can you tell I still don't know what I am doing? Hugs, Jan
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        I'm going to show how much of an idiot I am. I'm machine quilting for the first time really. I had done all the work with my walking foot. So last night I practiced with the free motion foot. I came in after work and started trying (key word) to do the free motion again, but my thread was messing up and I had bunches of it tangled up on the backing. I changed the tension, re-threaded the machine, changed the direction of my thread spool and re-inserted the bobbin and made sure the feed dogs were lowered. Come to find out-I didn't lower the free motion foot.
        Shelia

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          #5
          Re: Tension problem??

          Well, I think the walking foot is for straight line stitchine, such as stitch in the ditch. I use a darning foot or free motion foot - pretty sure they are the same thing - this lets you move the fabric all around for designs or stippling. That's what I use.
          Sometimes the problem can be the size needle too - too small of an eye for the thread or even too large. Always check the tension first though cause that's what is usually the problem.

          Hugs,
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            #6
            Re: Tension problem??

            I have learned that you really have to turn the tension very very low when using your darning/free motion foot. I am sure you are very frustrated.

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              #7
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              I'm using a free motion foot - and yes, I'm very frustrated, hillbilly!

              Thanks for the input, ladies! I'll tinker with the tension - after the big fun of picking out the stitching, that is!
              There's still time to change the road you're on - Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

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                Are you sure you put your feed dogs down like Shelia said to do? This is important! Hugs, Jan L
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