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Thread: Machine quilting problems for new quilter

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    I am wondering if there are any "secrets" to keeping the bottom fabric of the "sandwich" to stay flat when I am quilting?

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    If you have already created the quilt sandwich, try spray starching the backing several times (let dry in-between). Don't iron. Starch stabilizes fabric so it is less likely to stretch and pucker.

    I heavily starch my backing fabric before creating the quilt sandwich (1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water). Once the quilt sandwich is made, though, spray starch should help.

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    Thank you so much. I can see that I have yet a lot to learn.

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    Also, and please don't be offended if you are NOT that much of a newbie, but it was years before I knew what the *&^(*&%^ walking foot was for. It could have saved me so much aggravation if someone has told me!

    So, if you are using your home machine, and not FMQing- are you using your walking foot? Makes all the difference.

    (And again, if this is too basic, please forgive me.)

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    We all learn from each other, no dumb ??? thanks

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    I just finished a small project and it was suggested that I use basting spray. I had never used it. First you spray the batting and smooth on the quilt top. Then spray the back of the batting and smooth on the bottom layer. I did not like the stickiness of the batting so I trimmed off the excess, but I must admit, my fabric stayed so flat and smooth for fmq. It was a breeze.

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    basting spray and starch your backing fabric :thumbup:

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    I pull my backing fabric really taut and tape it to the table before laying down the batting - smoothing it out, and then patting down the top. I pin no less than hand-width apart and do fairly well (no puckers) when I do Stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. Now I can't say anything about freemotion. NO GOOD AT IT yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazeljane
    Also, and please don't be offended if you are NOT that much of a newbie, but it was years before I knew what the *&^(*&%^ walking foot was for. It could have saved me so much aggravation if someone has told me!

    So, if you are using your home machine, and not FMQing- are you using your walking foot? Makes all the difference.

    (And again, if this is too basic, please forgive me.)
    Thanks for pointing this out. I have never used my walking foot. Will start tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronee
    I am wondering if there are any "secrets" to keeping the bottom fabric of the "sandwich" to stay flat when I am quilting?

    ronee
    What kind of machine are you using? Domestic sewing machine? Midarm? Longarm?

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