Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: What am I doing wrong?

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Lincoln, NE
    Posts
    98
    Yesterday, I was trying to practice some free motion work, but I have a problem that I haven't seen addressed on here. It will be doing fine, but then it starts skipping stitches and a few stitches or a couple of inches later, it will start stitching again. Any advise, or it it my machine? HELP!

  2. #2
    Super Member Shemjo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Posts
    6,937
    I think your speed might be the problem. The speed you are moving the fabric, I mean.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Lincoln, NE
    Posts
    98
    It will do it when I haven't changed the speed of the machine or how fast I am moving the fabric. It just won't make the stitches and then starts up again.

  4. #4
    Super Member joeyoz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    2,269
    For some reason it is not picking up the bobbin thread. It could be something simple as a itty bitty piece of lint. Try cleaning out your bobbin case really good, re-thread your machine, try a new needle (even if you started with a brand new needle).

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Lincoln, NE
    Posts
    98
    I'll try that. Thanks

  6. #6
    Senior Member crashnquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Lebanon, Missouri
    Posts
    558
    Is the fabric on the quilt batik? If so this might be the culprit. With batiks I always use a larger needle.

  7. #7
    Tiffany's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Idaho Falls
    Posts
    1,909
    I'd say to try a larger needle. What size are you currently using?

    I would also suggest cleaning your machine. It always amazes me how much lint gets into my machine from free motion quilting. :roll: I am pretty diligent in cleaning my machine, but nothing beats taking it in and getting it done professionally from time to time. If it's been a couple years, you may want to have your machine serviced, just to be sure there isn't an underlying problem developing.

    I've only just begun to learn to machine quilt myself so I don't have the experience to give any other advice. I'll be watching this thread with interest to see what the experts in machine quilting suggest.

  8. #8
    Super Member kwhite's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    North East USA
    Posts
    5,083
    I may know what it is. I went to a FMQ class in Oct. My friend was having that problem. Her machine was not built for FMQ and when I would pull the fabric forward it was fine but when you would push it away from you it would skip stitches right and left. The book said you can with that machine but it does not work at all. Try an experiment. See if it is the direction.

  9. #9
    Luv2Kreate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    League City, Texas (Houston Area)
    Posts
    139
    I was having this problem too. I cleaned the lint, changed the needle and also re-threaded top and bottom threads. I also noticed that you have to have your quilt balanced just right. When mine isn't it will pull and I get skipped stitches!

  10. #10
    Banned
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Burtchville, Michigan
    Posts
    351
    You might try to tighten up your tension also. Just a wee bit.
    I was trying to sew 2 pieces of flannel together the other day and mine would do the same thing. I did 2 things. Tighten up the tension a tad, and changed my top thread to a larger spool. Not sure which one was really the one that did it, but after I did both things, it worked just fine for me.
    Good luck
    Bev

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.