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    I am quilting a top...straight line quilting with my walking foot; 80wt thread, 70/10 needle and quilt supported on all sides by table extensions and a "dropped down" machine in the sewing table. When I sew on my practice blocks it looks terrific and when I sew on the actual quilt the back looks fine but the top is puckering along the stitching line. Is the pressure on my presser foot too much? (Sorry, no photos, I'm typing on a someone elses computer.)

  • #2
    Re: What is going wrong?

    I don't know the answer, but I'm sure someone will be along to help out. Did you try loosening the tension? Maybe?
    Katrina


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    • #3
      Re: What is going wrong?

      Have you tried with a straight stitch foot instead of a walking foot?
      Barbara

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      • #4
        Re: What is going wrong?

        Yes it sounds like exactly the symptoms for the pressure on your walking foot being to high. If you can switch to an open toe walking foot that also might help.
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        • #5
          Re: What is going wrong?

          Try changing the needle/size. Perhaps a topstitch 90/14. These were recommended for machine embroidery too. Whenever I have issues, a needle change (type/size) usually works.

          Needle info guide and possible problems

          https://www.superiorthreads.com/education

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          • #6
            Re: What is going wrong?

            how do you have your quilt sandwich basted? This condition sometimes happens when the top shifts at a different rate than the bottom or batting. While your smaller sample doesnt do this, it is because there is less to shift. I have found some instructions for you to help troubleshoot.
            https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/art...y%20Engagement
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            • #7
              Re: What is going wrong?

              Thanks for sharing that post ... it was really interesting ...

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              • #8
                Re: What is going wrong?

                I have never sewn anything with a needle that small, not even piecing. Nor have I ever used 80 wt. thread. My piecing is done with 50 wt. cotton & FMQ is done with 40 wt. quilting thread, either cotton or Glide polyester. I agree, the Topstitch 90-14 needle is your best selection for quilting. It has a larger eye for the thread to move through. However, the thread & needle size probably have nothing to do with your problems with the sandwich. It sounds like the presser foot pressure is set too high. Do some sample stitching on a smaller sample sandwich until it seems to move smoothly.

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                • #9
                  Re: What is going wrong?

                  Thanks everyone for your advice. I'll try reducing the presser foot pressure and also lengthening the stitch. I appreciate everyones' input and the links posted.

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