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    Someone please help me. I only machine quilt. I use the walking foot. I can do backing fine on potholders, place mats and table runners but anything bigger than that and I get creases in the back. I am always pulling out. It is never smooth. I pin and pin and pin so I don't know what I am doing wrong. Is the only solution to keep cutting the thread, taking a look underneath and then reconnecting thread? That doesn't seem practical.

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    I starch my backing pretty stiff and then use spray baste. I also pin about every 8-10 inches. This is the only way I can do anything larger than a runner. Otherwise I also get the tucks and pleats. Good luck!

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    I starch the dickens out of my backing.
    Then when sandwiching, I tape or pin down the backing, slightly pulling it so it is taught, but not stretched. Then add the batting and the top.

    Also, make sure that you are pinning/basting it closely enough, too :D:D:D

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    There is a quilt on one of my dinning room chairs for more than a year because of a BIG crease. I was hand quilting it and did not look at the back. Oh my. On my bucket list.

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    Starch then tape( use masking tape or what ever tape will stick to your floor.).. the backing to the floor firmly not stretched making sure there are no creases then put batting then quilt top... Pin about every 4 inches... Once pinned remove from the floor and turn over and check that the batting is smooth I sometimes have to repin some sections.. another way is to use bull clips to hold the backing onto a table then pin batting etc

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    If you use the Sharon Schamber method you don't have pleats and you don't have to get down on the floor either.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA

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    You may not be pulling the back taught enough before you pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    You may not be pulling the back taught enough before you pin.
    Pulling the back too tight can cause wrinkles too.

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    If you use a table, there are large clips that you can attach to the edges that will help keep your backing fabric tight (not too tight), providing that the clips fit on the edge of the table!

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    Thank you for the Sharon Schamber method. I am tired of ruining my fingers and nails with pins. I am off to get boards and try this method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobo2000
    Thank you for the Sharon Schamber method. I am tired of ruining my fingers and nails with pins. I am off to get boards and try this method.
    If you look thru the boards at a Home Depot you'll find some that are already primed on one side and the edges. The ones I found are a wood product similar to MDF. They're very nice and very straight.

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    I had pleats all the time too. Til I started using basting spray. That solved that problem for me.

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    I had this happen to me also I used basting spray and pens but
    forgot to put on walking foot got to end of quilt huge glob .It also helps if you work your way out from middle on large
    projects.And agree with everyone else pen or baste well.Good luck I know your frustration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    If you use the Sharon Schamber method you don't have pleats and you don't have to get down on the floor either.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA
    Thank you, thank you. I would be able to get ON the floor, but would not be able to get up without help so this has been wonderful. I'm the one who gets on the floor then tries to get up, ends up laughing so much with my husband that he finally has to step in. I walk fine, it's the floor that is my challenge, so thank you again :)

    Also, I pinned about 4" apart. I am going to study this tutorial.

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    I pull my backing real taut without overstretching and tape it down with painter's tape. (Usually, I work on large tabled pushed together at work to do this) Then I lay the batting down in halves and smooth it out on top, patting as I go. I repeat with the top and pin about hand-width apart.
    Then I check the back and make sure all is smooth.
    By using that method, I have had no puckers using the alking foot for SID or other straight stitch quilting.

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    My husband went to home depot and got me 2 8 ft straight boards, he painted and sanded them and now I put the leaf in our dinning room table and set and pin I do as Sharon does only I pin. Works great and no pleats on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karen65ae
    Starch then tape( use masking tape or what ever tape will stick to your floor.).. the backing to the floor firmly not stretched making sure there are no creases then put batting then quilt top... Pin about every 4 inches... Once pinned remove from the floor and turn over and check that the batting is smooth I sometimes have to repin some sections.. another way is to use bull clips to hold the backing onto a table then pin batting etc
    Where do you get these bull clips? I would love to use them when I make crib quilts

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    Its the only way I baste since seeing her video - no creases!!

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    This is a fabulous idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    If you use the Sharon Schamber method you don't have pleats and you don't have to get down on the floor either.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmaForFour
    This is a fabulous idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    If you use the Sharon Schamber method you don't have pleats and you don't have to get down on the floor either.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA
    I basted a baby quilt using this method yesterday. It was very easy and really pretty fast.

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    I have this problem too but with hand quilting, it is easier to fix but still time wasting. Thanks for all the great ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    I starch my backing pretty stiff and then use spray baste. I also pin about every 8-10 inches. This is the only way I can do anything larger than a runner. Otherwise I also get the tucks and pleats. Good luck!
    Agree with the starching and spray baste. But I pin closer - about 4" - about the width of your hand.

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    I agree with amma, starch, spray baste and then pin. I know the pins are a pain, but it keeps your backing smooth

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    I found boards at Home depot . They are facia trim boards for your house. well I bought those because they were already painted on all 4 sides,very smooth. They even cut them to the size I needed. They work great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolee
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    If you use the Sharon Schamber method you don't have pleats and you don't have to get down on the floor either.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA
    Thank you, thank you. I would be able to get ON the floor, but would not be able to get up without help so this has been wonderful. I'm the one who gets on the floor then tries to get up, ends up laughing so much with my husband that he finally has to step in. I walk fine, it's the floor that is my challenge, so thank you again :)

    great tutorial. i once spent a whole day on my kitchen floor with those 12" square self stick tiles and my marble rolling pin. i wound up having to crawl to a wall and "walk" up the wall with my hands just to straighten up. getting to middle age bites.

    Also, I pinned about 4" apart. I am going to study this tutorial.

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