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    Most of you know that I hand quilt. I do like to FMQ on smaller projects like placemats, some hand bags, etc. Here is my dilemma. My machine skips stitches and hops around. In an effort to figure out why, I have changed the needle, thread and stitch length. It is still doing it. This makes me wonder if it could be the spray basting I use. I have been using a can I purchased from Walmart - can't remember the name but it is in a blue and white can. I used up all my 505 and am tempted to break the piggy bank for another can just to see if it could be that.
    Does anyone know why it is doing this?
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    #2
    Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

    Hi Blondie: I have never had an issue with skipped stitches due to spray baste. Your issue could be the type of needle you're using. Try using a topstitch needle. That is all I use when I FMQ.
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      #3
      Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

      Martha, I did use a top stitch needle. I noticed some "gumming" on the needle which is what prompted me to think about the spray baste. Never had that issue before.
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        #4
        Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

        I can't help you with the skipping and hopping, but having used both 505 and the one from wally-world, Dritz I think (blue/white can and stinky big time!) I did notice a difference in how the baste performed/behaved and did not like the Dritz at all. So much so that with the smaller quilts I recently finished I pin basted them (I'm NOT a pinner) because I had run out of 505 and did not want to use the Dritz again... even though the can is nearly full.
        Soon as Joann's had the 505 on sale again, I ordered the super large can and it just arrived.
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          #5
          Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

          Hi Blondie. I am not an expert but I think it is highly improbable that the basting spray is causing skipped stitches and hopping around. Is there any pattern to the skipped stitches, like it only happens when you are going a particular direction or doing a particular motion? Any chance you are using a cone thread and it is intermittently getting stuck on something?
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            #6
            Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

            I am not even close to being an expert on FMQ. I have however had the issues you are talking about. I don't believe it is the spray baste. I use Dritz, very sparingly I might add, so I don't think it is that. When ever I have had this problem, I take the face plate off and thoroughly clean under there. It also have noticed it seems to happen more frequently when the bobbin is close to running out. I also don't go pedal to the metal when doing it either. Wish I could be of more help. Waiting to see what the experts have to say.
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              #7
              Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

              I don't do fmq on a domestic machine but I have discovered that on my midarm I get skipped stitches when I move the machine too fast (particularly when I move the machine in the opposite direction it would normally want to sew) and also when my batting goes over a "lump" lump in it. I made the mistake of piecing some batting where the ends overlapped each other a little.

              I don't know if this type of thing would also translate to FMQ on domestics though.
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                #8
                Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

                First, here is where I order my 505 from as it is the cheapest place I have found (joann's here doesn't have it.) 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray - Large Can - GROUND ONLY


                I would say if your needle is gummy that could cause the skipped stitches. If there is lint build up in the bobbin area that can cause it. A dull needle can cause it. Moving your hands faster than the machine is running can cause it (remember faster machine, slower hands.) Sometimes the bobbin doesn't wind as tight and that can cause issues too. I try to hold my thread a little tighter when winding my bobbins for FMQing to make sure they wind evenly and tight.

                If none of that helps, maybe it's the way you are holding your tongue.
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                  #9
                  Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

                  I think it's the basting spray...I used the Dritz for awhile and I always let it sit for 24 hrs. before quilting because it seemed like the needle was snagging if I didn't let it dry.
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                    #10
                    Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

                    Thank you Ladies for all your input. I think it will be an ongoing method of trial and elimination until I find the right source. I kinda think it is the basting spray and not moving my hands too fast or the other items listed. Perhaps I got a bad can of it.
                    Blessings to each.
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                      #11
                      Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

                      I'm sorry, but I agree with Karen. It's how you are holding your tongue . . .

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                        #12
                        Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

                        Go up one needle size.

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                          #13
                          Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

                          Are you using a Supreme Slider? Did you wax your Sew Steady Extension Table or table surface prior to beginning your project? It's easy to skip stitches if you can't move the quilt sandwich smoothly under the needle. Did you drop the feed dogs? Set your stitch to 0? Adjust the tension for FMQ? Usually the tension needs to be set lower than for straight piecing stitching. Are you using Machingers? Is the thread on the top the same as in the bobbin? Is your thread on the machine spindle or on a cone on a stand next to your machine? What kind of thread are you using? A Top Stitch 90-14 quilting needle should be adequate. I hope you have success with your FMQ experience.

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                            #14
                            Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

                            That does happen on my machine when I fmq when I send the quilt away from me, could be I'm going to fast. When I bring the quilt towards me my stitches are fine.

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                              #15
                              Re: FMQ on domestic machine help

                              Quilting without basting spray should be your first plan of attack, Blondie. That will tell you pretty quickly if that's the problem. I don't FMQ but it sounds plausible to me that you have issues with your spray. I'd take a sample sandwich and pin it together around the edges. See what happens. If you're still having problems and you've followed all the advice given I'm at a loss. Let us know. We always want to hear the outcome of these problems in case we end up having similar issues. Good luck!
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