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    Super Member rosiewell's Avatar
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    FM quilting help!

    I am new at FM machine quilting having quilted by hand for the last 25 years. I am quilting a border and I am using blue thread for the top and white for the bobbin so that my horrible quilting doesn't jump up. Problem is that try as I may to fix the tensions a tiny blue thread shows up on the reverse on every stitch, is this normal? Please advise before I take it apart one more time. Thanks for the help!

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    I think that is the bobbin tension. I have a tiny screw on my bobbin holder and can adjust it just a hair and it fixes that problem.
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    Sounds like your top tension needs to be just a smidge tighter, some machines won't let you adjust in tiny amounts. Or you can try changing thread colors so they are the same top and bottom, sometimes a light gray will work good on blue and white fabric. Good luck, but remember that FMQ is very addictive and it doesn't have to be perfect. I suggest that you make some small quilt sandwiches to practice on and start out by writting your name, over and over, A lot of FMQ is muscle memory. When I want to learn a new design I draw it on paper several times and then practice on sample quilt sandwiches. My favorite part of quilting is the free motion quilting. Hugs
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    Yes, it's a tension issue. But if it's very slight and only a little noticeable, once you wash (and dry) it you'll never be able to tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR View Post
    Yes, it's a tension issue. But if it's very slight and only a little noticeable, once you wash (and dry) it you'll never be able to tell.
    That has been my experience too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR View Post
    Yes, it's a tension issue. But if it's very slight and only a little noticeable, once you wash (and dry) it you'll never be able to tell.
    I agree, have had the same problem.

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    My Bernina 1230 is a wonderful machine, but I'm sure I would get this result if I used the same colors in top and bobbin that you have used. It doesn't matter how much I fine-tune the tension. Some machines seem able to achieve a perfect balance and don't have this problem, but my machine is definitely not one of them.

    I'm glad about the other comments, as it never occurred to me that those little dots would disappear when the quilt was washed! That's good to know!

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    I think that is why is it best to use the same color in top and bottom then it doesn't show.

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    Thanks for the comments, I guess I will relax a bit and just enjoy it. I will post the finished quilt, thanks

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    This has happened to me also. I try to adjust top thread as good as I can and just go on, or I ude the same color as the top.
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    I love this board! I was just obsessing about the same problem this afternoon and no matter how I tried I couldn't keep the darker thread from showing on the back just a teeny bit. It hadn't occurred to me that washing and drying the finished quilt will probably make it all go away! Thanks everyone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosiewell View Post
    I am new at FM machine quilting having quilted by hand for the last 25 years. I am quilting a border and I am using blue thread for the top and white for the bobbin so that my horrible quilting doesn't jump up. Problem is that try as I may to fix the tensions a tiny blue thread shows up on the reverse on every stitch, is this normal? Please advise before I take it apart one more time. Thanks for the help!
    I'm having this problem too. Glad to know why it is and that washing and drying can cover it some what. When you are trying to do it right it is frustrating !! I'll relax some and have fun!! Thanks From me too!

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    The info that came with my Tin Lizzie says it is almost impossible to have a perfectly balanced stitch and they recommend using same color top & bobbin. Even professional quilters have this problem when using different threads. Some of them will "color" the little dots with a fabric pen if it's a show quilt

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