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Free motion quilting

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by , 03-16-2013 at 12:00 PM (361 Views)
I am free motion quilting a quilt every time I turn around I am breaking a needle. I own a Singer Tradition and I have two darning feet one hops the other does not. Can anyone give me some advice on what to do.
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  1. sjbart's Avatar
    If the needle keeps breaking it may be that the timing is off just a bit...it still means you probably should take it in for maintenance. I free-motion quilt on a machine I have sewn clothes on for years. The free-motion is actually more finicky than the straight stitch [or even some trim stitches]. Good luck with it. A good "fixer" for sewing machines is worth their weight in GOLD!
  2. lizzy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sjbart
    If the needle keeps breaking it may be that the timing is off just a bit...it still means you probably should take it in for maintenance. I free-motion quilt on a machine I have sewn clothes on for years. The free-motion is actually more finicky than the straight stitch [or even some trim stitches]. Good luck with it. A good "fixer" for sewing machines is worth their weight in GOLD!
    I had the same problem with my 1008 Bernina until my daughter suggested I use a thread holder instead of putting the thread on the machine. You can also use a mug. Set it behind your machine. The tension is a lot less on the thread and hopefully it will take care of your problem. Practice on scraps with batting so that you can adjust your tension. Hope that helps.
  3. drsuzy's Avatar
    Use a superior thread titanium needle ... Bob also was giving away his thread 101 cd's recently on the superior web site

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