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    Block Queen

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    Default how do you unquilt nests under backing on longarm?

    I've seen a million posts about setting tension to avoid nests under the backing during longarm quilting. Having said that, that's not what I need.
    I'm wondering how YOU rip out those nests while sandwich is still on longarm?
    Do you sit on the floor under it and clip and rip?
    Do you HAVE to take it off the machine?
    Do you pull back only the top?
    Then do you retie ALL of those crazy ends which could be several?
    Please let me know what you do!
    Last edited by lulu; September 26th, 2016 at 04:06 PM.

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    Default Re: how do you unquilt nests under backing on longarm?

    I have high blood pressure so going under is out of the question.

    I recently had to do this. I felt with my hand where it is underneath the quilt. Then I carefully use my seam ripper or a small sharp pair of scissors to take out the stitches on top. I get a tail going on top and use that to pull up the bobbin thread at the beginning and end of the mess. Once I clip all necessary top stitches, I reach underneath and grab the nest and remove it. I also use those tails to tie off and hide the ends of the thread. I use Fons and Porter self threading needles and a pair of tweezers. I also have a large makeup mirror that has a handle on it. I bought one of those inexpensive stick on lights and use that to look under the quilt.

    I hope this makes sense.
    Last edited by Vonnie; September 26th, 2016 at 04:17 PM.
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    Default Re: how do you unquilt nests under backing on longarm?

    I advance the quilt, take off the nest that comes over the roller, then unroll it back.

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    Default Re: how do you unquilt nests under backing on longarm?

    I usually use a seam ripper and slowly rip the top threads out. Fortunately so far I have not had a big area of nests. If the nest is close to the sides I can usually get a sharp scissor underneath and cut small hanks of the nest so they are easier to then rip out from the top.

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    Default Re: how do you unquilt nests under backing on longarm?

    how do you lock the stitches you rip out?

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    Default Re: how do you unquilt nests under backing on longarm?

    FYI - It's a big area - like entire length of longarm by at least 12"

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    Default Re: how do you unquilt nests under backing on longarm?

    Oh my :-(. I think I'd just put my mind adjusted for the long haul, get a stool and spend a few hours a day. Sometimes you can get yourself into a trance (good music helps) and the time goes by faster. I've done this for a width of about 70 inches but the most was a length of about 7". You do eventually get into a grove. Best not to think about how ticked off you are though.

    I guess I don't understand what you mean about locking the stitches you rip out. You're ripping them out so there not there anymore. When I 'm done ripping you just restitch over it. If you mean getting the short ripped stitches out I usually pick them out as I go. However I did find that quite often I can rip one stitch, then unloop the next in line (unravel) until I can grasp it pretty well. If I then go back say another inch or two and clip there too I can usually just pull and get a couple of inches to come out at once. It all depends on what stitch length I put the stitch regulator at.

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    Default Re: how do you unquilt nests under backing on longarm?

    Sorry for your problems. My LA is a table model, so I just remove the quilt from under the needle. I don't recall getting "nests". Usually I rip if there is a tension problem (doesn't happen often) or my arms are getting tired & I moved the quilt sandwich the wrong way or I'm not happy with a few of the stitches. I've never had to rip a large area. Good luck!

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    Default Re: how do you unquilt nests under backing on longarm?

    ok but thanks

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    Default Re: how do you unquilt nests under backing on longarm?

    well once you rip them out - i believe you can't just let them be - they need to be ended or tied off or something! otherwise we leave a loose end!

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