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Thread: FMQ My bottom Stitches look too long

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    Senior Member quiltin chris's Avatar
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    I have not FMQ'ed anything to give as a gift yet. My practice pieces showed that I was getting pretty good at consistent size stitches---then I turned it over and looked at the back side. Stitches twice as long as the ones on top.
    I have a Janome 10001 that sews like a dream for piecing.

    What do I need to do to correct this?
    Thanks for any info.

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    Well isnt that odd, never heard of that, are you sure its not eyelashes?

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    Can you post a pic of the front and the back? I can not imagine how that happen.

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    Definitely need to see a picture of that. Is it possible your bobbin tension was too high so your bobbin thread is laying on the back giving the appearance of long stitches??

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    sounds like hand fatigue.. do you wear those wonderful gloves with rubber fingertips? Good luck.

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    mind burp.. sorry .. re-read the post.

    I agree.. tension on top or bottom.. check out the Utubes and free motion quilting.. there are a few great ones that explains tension.

    good luck

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    So like a tension problem. Check the bobbin to make sure it is feeding properly. Sometimes I have to go back and pull the bobbin thread up the proper way.

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    When that happens to me, it means it's time to give my machine a good cleaning. I remove the throat plate and give the machine a good brushing and vacuuming out. Lint build up/packing causes the bobbin thread to not catch the top thread making the bottom stitches longer than the top stitches.

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