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    with machine quilting small flannel quilt for great nephew. Set stitch size and was perfect on practice fabric, but when I sew the quilt the bottom stitching is either too loose or very tight. Do I need new needle or what is the cause of this problem. I am using straight stitch foot.

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    Not sure, but do you have a walking foot for your machine.. that would help feed the layers of fabric through and maybe eliminate the bottom stitching problem.

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    I agree.

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    Don't really know, but, sometimes when I have tension problems I can clean out the bobbin case, add a drop of oil and my tension problems disappear. Flannel may be causing a lot of lint in the bobbin case so it might be worth a try.

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    Thanks, I do not have walking foot, I will have to get one Sat. Also, I just cleaned lint out of machine.

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    Have you tried rethreading your machine? I can't tell you how many times I've learned this lesson.

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    Quilting foot for sure.

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    I think the walking foot will help. On a practice square there is just a little fabric, but with a quilt there is weight to pull on your fabric and it can cause problems. Do you have a table to support the weight of the quilt.

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    Also a lot of basting and/or pinning will hellp keep layers in place. Or spray basting also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I think the walking foot will help. On a practice square there is just a little fabric, but with a quilt there is weight to pull on your fabric and it can cause problems. Do you have a table to support the weight of the quilt.
    Yes I have dinning room table for my sewing machine.....and I did baste the quilt....make sure thread was threated properly..so it must be the need for walking foot...machine is a Kenmore, so need to go to sews repair shop or mall store

    Thanks to everyone for suggestions...

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