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 14

Thread: What Happened to My Quilting?

  1. #1
    Super Member luckylindy333's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Snohomish, Washington
    Posts
    2,044
    I am machine quilting and have not done a big quilt before. This is a lap sized quilt and is not coming out too well. It seems like some of the pieces are really stretchy and want to form tucks at the seams (where two lines of quilting cross each other).

    I thought stitching in the ditch would be easy but in retrospect I think free motion quilting would have been easier. I also realized that I should switch my foot and put on one that lets me put down my walking foot which is what I am going to do when I start up again. Maybe I will post a picture when I get it done.

    I am more into getting it done rather than unsewing any of it! (In case I do post a pic!)

  2. #2
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,671
    Blog Entries
    2
    I stretch my quilt sandwich as I FMQ. I keep one hand underneath the quilt and one on top. I can pull the quilt taunt and that really works for me.

    I had to quit FMQ for the day, my thread kept breaking. Same thread same needle as before but today it's just not working. I have no idea why. I have double checked everything. :shock: :evil: :roll: :-( :-( :-(

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    601
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I stretch my quilt sandwich as I FMQ. I keep one hand underneath the quilt and one on top. I can pull the quilt taunt and that really works for me.

    I had to quit FMQ for the day, my thread kept breaking. Same thread same needle as before but today it's just not working. I have no idea why. I have double checked everything. :shock: :evil: :roll: :-( :-( :-(
    Is it already all basted?

  4. #4
    Super Member luckylindy333's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Snohomish, Washington
    Posts
    2,044
    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I stretch my quilt sandwich as I FMQ. I keep one hand underneath the quilt and one on top. I can pull the quilt taunt and that really works for me.

    I had to quit FMQ for the day, my thread kept breaking. Same thread same needle as before but today it's just not working. I have no idea why. I have double checked everything. :shock: :evil: :roll: :-( :-( :-(
    Is it already all basted?
    Yes, I basted it... it seems like some of the white fabric stretches more, it almost looks like sheeting. My borders also stretched. DF and DM made these blocks about three years ago...

  5. #5
    Super Member StitchinJoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Bucks County PA
    Posts
    1,343
    Is it basted closely? Less than 4 inches is good....

  6. #6
    Super Member luckylindy333's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Snohomish, Washington
    Posts
    2,044
    Quote Originally Posted by StitchinJoy
    Is it basted closely? Less than 4 inches is good....
    Yes my basting was about two inches or less apart in both directions. The more I think about it, the more I wish I had been using the walking foot. duh!

  7. #7
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,671
    Blog Entries
    2
    I started pin basting my quilts. I like pin basting much better when FMQ.

  8. #8
    Super Member luckylindy333's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Snohomish, Washington
    Posts
    2,044
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I started pin basting my quilts. I like pin basting much better when FMQ.
    Bella- I don't know if I am ever going to quilt one again, but if I do, I might pin. I know I kept cutting the basting because I am worrying that if I sew over it, I might have a hard time getting it out. Do you think that may have anything to do with the stretching and puckering and the **** tucks? I am sure it is not going to look as bad as it sounds, just magnified in my view. I laid it down on the floor yesterday and looked at it from the doorway and it was not too bad. I sure would not put it in a show, though!

  9. #9
    Member Marguerita's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Seward, Alaska and Bullhead City, AZ
    Posts
    7
    Hi,

    It sounds like you might have too much pressure on the presser foot. For normal piecing a good deal of pressure is ok, but for quilting, even stitch-in-the-ditch, if the machine is pressing down on the presser foot too much, it can cause puckering at the "crossover" lines.

    I made a video about it and put it up here: Sewing Machine Pressure Settings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox8qRhWF3CI

    I hope this helps :)

    Marguerita

  10. #10
    Super Member luckylindy333's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Snohomish, Washington
    Posts
    2,044
    Quote Originally Posted by Marguerita
    Hi,

    It sounds like you might have too much pressure on the presser foot. For normal piecing a good deal of pressure is ok, but for quilting, even stitch-in-the-ditch, if the machine is pressing down on the presser foot too much, it can cause puckering at the "crossover" lines.

    I made a video about it and put it up here: Sewing Machine Pressure Settings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox8qRhWF3CI

    I hope this helps :)

    Marguerita
    Thanks so much for the great video. That went through my mind when I sat down at the machine today, but I could not remember how to change the foot pressure. I think now it is on the side of the machine (it is a pfaff). I am getting out the book tonight and making sure! I am using a poly batt because I had it on hand. I used to use warm and natural but have not sewn in a few years and am just getting back into it. I think I might try it again now that I have some helpful hints from everyone.

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.