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Thread: FMQ Problem

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    I am FMQ on my domestic machine. My top thread keeps nesting and then breaking. I don't have this problem on my 100% cotton practice quilt piece, but thread breaks as soon as I start on the table runner. It is made of batiks. Any ideas?

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    it sound like the top tenson is to tight. back it of some if that dosnt help try you bottom bobbin.

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    Before I start quilting I usually practice on a scrap piece made from the same fabric as the quilt - apparently all fabric is not created equal! I'd try the usual first - re-thread the machine, change the needle, make sure feed dogs are down, etc. Also, clean out the bobbin case area. There may be a lint build-up that's causing your problem.
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    the first thing i do:

    take the thread out and re thread it
    (it may be jumping the guide)

    check the bobbin area out..remove racer,put a drop of oil in the wick.

    change the needle.

    check your tension..

    what machine are you using?

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    you may need to change needle size- or adjust your tension-
    when possible you should practice on the same fabric/batting sandwich as the real thing- then you can work out any issues before starting on the 'real-thing'
    batik's are a tighter weave than the cottons that are (normally called quilting cottons) so they need a finer/sharper needle

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    Try a larger needle. I generally use a topstitch needle for FMQing on my regular sewing machine. My guess that the problem is the batik fabric. It's beautiful fabric, but it can be a pain.

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