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    Hi all, I am in the midst of machine quilting a quilt in a grid fashion with my walking foot and the quilt measures 81 x 81 inches. I have noticed some puckers happening on the back and I am getting very discouraged :( I pinned pinned pinned. Will this only get worse the more I quilt? and can I fix the puckers later? Thanks a million....Kim in Madison

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    I heavily starch my backing fabrics before layering to prevent this problem.

    Since your quilt is already sandwiched, my suggestion is to spray starch the backing several times. Let the starch dry between sprayings; I do not think it would be necessary to iron. I recently gave this advice to someone else with the same problem, and she posted that it worked for her.

    Starching stabilizes the backing fabric so it doesn't stretch as you sew.

    If you try this technique and it works, please post back! (Also post back if it doesn't work. :( )

    I think it is very difficult to correct puckers later. It is much better to prevent them, and starching helps with that.

    Be careful of overspray with the spray starch. It would be best to lay down several large sheets underneath your quilt to catch any overspray, and try to spray from the edge of the quilt towards the center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I heavily starch my backing fabrics before layering to prevent this problem.

    Since your quilt is already sandwiched, my suggestion is to spray starch the backing several times. Let the starch dry between sprayings; I do not think it would be necessary to iron. I recently gave this advice to someone else with the same problem, and she posted that it worked for her.

    Starching stabilizes the backing fabric so it doesn't stretch as you sew.

    If you try this technique and it works, please post back! (Also post back if it doesn't work. :( )

    I think it is very difficult to correct puckers later. It is much better to prevent them, and starching helps with that.

    Be careful of overspray with the spray starch. It would be best to lay down several large sheets underneath your quilt to catch any overspray, and try to spray from the edge of the quilt towards the center.
    Thank you! How long does it take for the starch to dry? Kim

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    I never spray starch, so I'm not sure. I would probably put a fan on the quilt to speed the drying, and check by running my hand across to see if it is actually dry before spraying again. I'm guessing length of time to dry is dependent on how thickly you spray. Most likely several thin layers is better than one thick layer of spray starch.

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    Doing crosshatching, I'd do line down the middle of the quilt and then the opposite line making an X and then sew every six lines or so line from each of those. Going back and filling in with the rest of the lines last. I have to baste very close on a big quilt or I get puckers and pleats. The back has to be very smooth, no puffyness.

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    Thanks a million!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltykim
    Hi all, I am in the midst of machine quilting a quilt in a grid fashion with my walking foot and the quilt measures 81 x 81 inches. I have noticed some puckers happening on the back and I am getting very discouraged :( I pinned pinned pinned. Will this only get worse the more I quilt? and can I fix the puckers later? Thanks a million....Kim in Madison
    If I don't make all 3 quilt layers smooth and pulled taut and keep them clipped at the edges until I've finished pinning, I get puckers. (I fold the 3 layers over the edges of my plywood tabletop and then clip with 2" wide clips -- an office supply item.)

    Oops, I went back to edit my original post, but now I have two of them instead. Sorry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezie
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltykim
    Hi all, I am in the midst of machine quilting a quilt in a grid fashion with my walking foot and the quilt measures 81 x 81 inches. I have noticed some puckers happening on the back and I am getting very discouraged :( I pinned pinned pinned. Will this only get worse the more I quilt? and can I fix the puckers later? Thanks a million....Kim in Madison
    If I don't make all 3 quilt layers smooth and pulled taut and keep them clipped at the edges until I've finished pinning, I get puckers. (I fold the 3 layers over the edges of my plywood tabletop and then clip with 2" binding clips -- an office supply item.) I think that if you have puckers now, you will get more and I don't see how you could fix them later.
    Thanks. I did do that. I can't bear the thought of repinning it all plus I've sewn 3 seams across already...Only 2 little puckers so far but 2 none the less. Kim

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    Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I starched the backing and added more pins and so far no puckers! I have to quit now...sore neck from sitting in one spot so long. Will work more on it tomorrow. I couldn't do this without your help! Much appreciated :) Kim

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