Skipped Stitches

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by , 12-15-2014 at 08:19 AM (973 Views)
I desperately need help. I am quilting a t-shirt quilt for a customer and when I start quilting in the t-shirt fabric area my stitches will get very long and then the thread will break break. I've retimed my machine, cleaned it, changed both the needle and thread and adjusted the tension. I'm at a lost as to fixing this problem and what makes it worse is I has to be done before Christmas which means I'm starting to panic. This machine is an APQS Ultimate ll, no stitch regulator.


  1. djg's Avatar
    When I have made T-Shirt quilts - After cutting out the portion of the T-Shirt { front , back or whichever } that I want to put in the quilt square I adhere some fusable interfacing to the back of the square. I then cut the square to the dimention I want and then when I sew them together they do not stretch . Do you think this would solve your problem?
  2. Quiltergirl's Avatar
    it was backed, but I don't believe it was fusible backing. With that being said there's nothing I can do about the backing because I didn't make the quilt I'm just quilting it for a customer who already made the top. I'm wondering if perhaps the issue my be combination of the stretchiness of the t shirt fabric and the bulk of the backing, batting and back combined.
  3. Rose S.'s Avatar
    When I have the trouble of skipped stitches and broken upper thread, the solution is always to go to a bigger needle. Usually a Jeans size 110/18. I know I don't quilt a super lot of quilts but that has been the answer at least 3 or 4 times in the past year.I hear others swear by a topstitch needle, but have not had success with that. However, that may be an alternative to try.
  4. sewing along's Avatar
    I have a lenni an it started doing that ..I had to order a carriage encoder...mine went bad ....call apqs that are real helpfull
  5. Danny's Avatar
    The same thing happened to me, only I have an HQ16...what I did was to put a marker (pin) on that spot and continued my quilting. When I was done I took it to my domestic machine and redid that part with my walking foot, in the end you could not tell
    I think the problem lies in the fact that some of the squares are a plastic like
    fabric and the machine does not like it.

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