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Thread: FMQ - large needle holes in fabric

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    Senior Member Jaos's Avatar
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    I'm practicing FMQ , and am getting large needle holes in the fabric. I'm using a 90/14 needle. Also, sometimes the holes are in the fabric but the stitches aren't being made. I rethreaded the machine, put in a full bobbin and put in a new needle. I'm certain someone is going to mention tension. How can I tell if the tension is right or not? On a positive note, the practice I did drawing has paid off. I'm very pleased with the designs I'm making.

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    What weight thread are you using and brand. Sounds like your needle is too large for the thread.

    a 90 needle is too large unless you have thick thread.
    For regular 50 thread the 80 needle is large enough.

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    I just use my 80's with regular 40 or 50 threads for FMQ ~ only go to the 90's with decoratives or special thick threads

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    I'm using Gutterman cotton thread. The spool says 50. The only other needles I have are 75/11. If you had to choose between a 90 and 75, which would you choose?

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    When I use Superior 40 wt(K.Tut) or metallics, I have a 90/14 as recommended by them and its fine. But for 50 wt (eg Mettler) I use 80/12 or even 75/11 quilting. But if it appears "holey" it closes up after washing anyway. Sometimes if you have a 40 wt and a fine bobbin thread like Bottom Line with a 90/14 it does appear that there are holes, but the washing deals with it.

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    A new size 12/80 needle should take care of the problem. A quilting needle is sharper than a universal needle and will go between the fibers better. Universals have a slightly rounded tip so you can sew knits without holes. A used needle can be dull or have a tiny burr and cause holes.

    Schmertz quilting size 12 is my needle of choice. I do use universals for a lot of fabrics unless I see a problem occurring just because I have so many around from my apparel sewing days.

    Edit: Go with the 75. Keep the 90 for hemming jeans. I often sew with 70s.

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    I switched to a 75 needle. Problem solved. Thanks everyone!

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    I agree with the others, your needle is too big. I bought a single whole plate for my Janome for piecing and FMQ .....that did the trick.

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    LivelyLady, can you tell more about why a single whole plate works better for FMQ? Thanks!

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