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    Help with machine quilting

    How in the world do you machine quilt and keep your fabric from puckering. With the very high dollar machine I use I would think I wouldn't have this problem. I use my walking foot, I have it all basted together, I use gloves. My stitches are 3.0 to 3.5. The back looks great . when I go to quilt say a straight line all the way around a square it will pucker on the top when I get back to where I started. Am I holding the material to tight? not tight enough? Should I adjust my presser foot? I just don't get it. I could take off and do a meandering and it be fine but Im not that good and my stitches are not even. Help me anyone. I have so many tops that need quilted and I don't want to hand quilt them all.
    Patrice

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    Re: Help with machine quilting

    Patrice, I am pretty new to the quilting so not sure if I am thinking right at all. I think the problem may be in going around the block? Is it possible to straight line quilt each direction, which would eventually get all sides of the blocks instead of going around each individual block? I can see in my mind what I am saying, but afraid I'm not making sense in typing it.
    What is the block pattern you are working on?
    Lola
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      #3
      Re: Help with machine quilting

      Are you starting the quilting in the middle and working your way out? That sure helps as you can smooth it as you go. Maybe your stitch at 3 and 3.5 is too tight on your machine.
      Each machine has a mind of it's own. Anyway practice on some fabric that has a top, backing and a piece of batting in the middle before you start and then you'll know what stitch size works. Of course I haven't gotten to machine quilting yet.
      So far I've only hand quilted so I could be telling you wrong. These are just ideas from how we start hand quilting. Hugs, Jan L
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        #4
        Re: Help with machine quilting

        I'm not sure if this might be the problem - but maybe by using the walking foot is not the right foot to use. That you would use it only to do straight line stitching. I thought that the feed dogs have to be lowered (or covered if you have the type of machine that the feed dogs won't lower) so the fabric can't get grabbed and you should use a free motion or darning foot to try to move the fabric yourself.

        Just a thought.

        Hugs,
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          #5
          Re: Help with machine quilting

          The walking foot should pull the top fabric through at the same rate as the feed dogs pull through the bottom fabric. It shouldn't really be puckering.

          All I can think of is that the fabric may have been a little loose when you basted it together. If it isn't too late I would try smoothing out the top and repinning it tighter. If it's a new machine, it might be a problem with the setup or the attachment of the walking foot. Is there a dealer anywhere near where you can check you have it set up right?
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            #6
            Re: Help with machine quilting

            I had spray basted and pinned it. maybe not enough. I tried my old machine and it seems to be doing better on that. Maybe I need to take it to the doc. thanks everyone
            Patrice

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