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Thread: Discouraged quilter

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    jacquemoe's Avatar
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    Gosh, if you have a stitch regulator, you shouldn't have a problem with stitch size. I'm sure you've checked your bobbin, etc. Can you call the manufacturer or dealer?

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    The stitch regulator is fine now. I talked with Chuck at Bailey's and he told me my problem. However the stitch regulator does not work the same as if I were sewing on my machine with a pressure foot. The speed still has something to do with the size of the stitch. My understandins is the stitch regulator on a free motion or darning foot helps to keep the stitches uniform but speed is the secret. If I am stippling, straight line, etc I can pretty well keep the stitches uniform but if I'm trying to go around an applique or a design in the fabric and I slow down my stitchs seem to be too small. This just requires practice as has been mentioned and learning how my machine handles. I haven't learned exactly how my machine handles yet. The Bailey has more throat room but it does not handle like the Babylock Pro we had on the frame. I am no longer frustrated but excited about learning something new. Your are so right the first day is the hardest. And PPP is the secret. I just wish I had more time. to play with it.

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    Sounda like you are coming along. My friend and I used cheap fabric and made 3 king size quilts before attempting to do an actual quilt. The animals at the shelters don't care what quality the fabric is. We tried large prints to practice curves, tried designes, patterns, etc. This was done on the practice quilt and found that if we kept the regulator number higher it worked better. Music that has a slow beat will also help you keep your speed somewhat more even as you "move" to the music.
    Practice is defnitely needed.

    We are using a size 16 needle and Superior/King Tut thread. YLI also worked quite well but many of the others seemed to break or fray at the needle.

    Hope this helps. :-) Doeremi

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    I'm using a size 16 as well. I'm using Maxilock Serger thread and it works great, it doesn't break, fray or anything. I know there are some quilters that will only use cotton. I read a lot on this subject. Factoring in the cost I decided on serger thread. I like the music ideal.

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