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Thread: Need machine quilting help ASAP if possible

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    Senior Member taiboo's Avatar
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    I am attempting to machine quilt a wall hanging for my father for fathers day...I have taken a class but have never tried after that..

    I am practicing and the front of the practice piece looks great, but the back is VERY loopy and loose... I'm soooo lost, i obviously can't quilt the real one the way the practices are coming out...

    Thoughts???

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    If you have loops on the back, then your top tension is off. It is too loose. Just to make sure, i would thread the machine again and make sure that is correct. If the problem continues raise the top tension by one number or notch. Sew and see if that helps if it does lessen the loops on the back keep adjusting till it looks good.

    Try and use a sandwich of backing batting and material to sew on while you do your tension adjustments.

    Sheila

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    I am using the sandwich way, but how do you adjust top tension??? I have no idea what that is :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by Panther Creek Quilting
    If you have loops on the back, then your top tension is off. It is too loose. Just to make sure, i would thread the machine again and make sure that is correct. If the problem continues raise the top tension by one number or notch. Sew and see if that helps if it does lessen the loops on the back keep adjusting till it looks good.

    Try and use a sandwich of backing batting and material to sew on while you do your tension adjustments.

    Sheila

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    You will have a dial of some sort on the front of the machine, above the needle area. This dial will have numbers on it. 0 is no tension, and the higher the number goes the tighter it will make the top thread tension. Also check out your bobbin thread, make sure it is inserted correctly. Carol

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    I have been using it on 9, I'm sooo confused

    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    You will have a dial of some sort on the front of the machine, above the needle area. This dial will have numbers on it. 0 is no tension, and the higher the number goes the tighter it will make the top thread tension.

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    Is it possible that you didn't lower the pressure foot? That will also cause the tension to be really bad.

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    I just tried a different "sandwich" and it is working fine...I literally have NO clue. I'm gonna play more before using the wall hanging.

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    That could have been it, I just lowed it and it worked fine... Hopefully THAT was it.

    Thanks everyone for getting back to me ASAP :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    Is it possible that you didn't lower the pressure foot? That will also cause the tension to be really bad.

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    This WAS it, i just did it again :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by Tink's Mom
    Is it possible that you didn't lower the pressure foot? That will also cause the tension to be really bad.

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    Good luck, finding the right tension is sometimes a pain.

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