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Thread: what a drag !

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    i am finishing a baby quilt w/fleece on the back.VERY simple,just strips6" wof.thought i'd use a few of my new embroidery stitches to std,but it is dragging in places terribly !the machine is a pfaff w/ idt,so thought it would work.do i need to buy a slider sheet,or would that help?this is the first thing i've made on the pfaff,so don't knoif it's the machine or me!
    anyhelp would be appreciated,dar

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    I only use the slider when doing FMQ. I have no idea what happens to it if the feed dogs were up. Probably would be replacing it. Sometimes I get drag too. I usually put down a piece of clear vinyl, cut out to go around the feed dogs/bobbin area. It helps.

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    I've never had any luck with anything but a straight stitch or sinple zig zag on fleece. When you do a decorative stitch, the feed dogs need to grip the fabric and move it in weird directions to achieve the pattern. If you try fancy stitches on fleece, especially a sandwich with fleece on the bottom, the feed dogs have a hard time gripping the fabric (with all that nap). I don't think that the slider sheet will make any difference. It's not that the quilt is dragging, it's that the feet can't get a grip. The only thing I can think of is to use water soluable stabelizer under the fleece. Between the feed dogs and the fleece. Might need to baste it in place first. Try on a swatch.

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    When I use decorative stitches, I have to lengthen and widen them to get them to stitch out nicely. I pick ones that are more open too, not a real tight or intricate design :D:D:D

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    Are you using a walking foot? It helps.

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    Dar, having trouble with the new machine? Make sure the IDT is engaged and lengthen your stitch length. I tend to have a lot of drag too. Haven't tried the slider, maybe it would help, let me know how you make ouT

    Fatquarters

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    Heavily starching the flannel before layering would probably have prevented this problem (1:1 solution of Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch and water).

    At this point, you could try multiple layers of spray starch on the flannel. It might stabilize the flannel sufficiently for the decorative stitching.

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    thank you all for your fast responce ! ALWAYS can depend on this board for help!
    afteri posted i started thinking [again] and realized that even when using a straight stitch,you shouldn't try to sew exactly in the ditch. with the top,batting[even tho it's very thin] then the fleece back i am expecting too much,i think.the pfaff has the bvuilt in walking foot,but i think maybe i'm expecting miracles!
    i am going to finish out this row[can't bear to rip it all out& i don't think the baby will notice]then tery a simpler stitch OFF of allthe layers.[does that make sense?]
    will keep you inforrmed on my progress,THANK YOU SO much for yur help,dar

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    I think using fleece and decorative stitches is going to cause issues no matter how you do it. I have a Pfaff, but I honestly would not expect it to do a perfect decorative stitch on fleece.

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    Dar, just making sure you are using a wider foot, not your 1/4, on that, remember the feed dogs are wider and don,t get much traction with the narrow foot. Just checking.

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