I just finished doing FMQ for the first time and I'm really happy with how it turned out. There were only a few problems. I did the outside borders on a full sized quilt and when I got done with the first side, I realized I had stitched the backing over itself and had to take out stitches over the last block. NOT fun.
Several times my thread broke and seemed to fray itself into a big ball. I took some pictures and put them below. I used Warm and Natural 100% cotton batting and Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread. Could it be the thread itself?
Also, I think I may be moving my fabric too slow. A clerk at the quilt store said "fast machine, slow hands". I've got my machine on full blast and I moved slow but it seems like my stitches are REALLY close together. Is that okay?
Broken thread and the way it looked on the back when it broke. The thread is to the left.
Stitches up close.