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Thread: Free motion quilting question

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    Super Member Ms Grace's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
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    Well, today I tried it for the first time. :-) Wasn't as hard as I thought, but I have a question.
    Some of my stitches on the back look very long. I know I need lots of practice to get the stitch length good. On my first try I had some really tiny ones and some longer ones also. :oops:
    Any ideas on the back stitches? How can I get more uniform stitches on both sides? :?

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    Super Member Marcia's Avatar
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    Practice, practice, practice is the best way to get your stitches more even. I have no idea why your back has longer stitches than your front unless you bobbin is "skipping stitches" and I do not know why it would.

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    Cookn's Avatar
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    THis is just a guess on my part, but from what I seen done and watched being done, I think the key would be smooth movement with a constant speed. It should even out your stitches for length. I watch in awe every time we go to a quilt show when I see Larry Flynn quilt on his frame. I really watched him last weekend and I noticed his speed was constant and his movements very smooth. It practice, practice, practice.

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    Jamie's Avatar
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    It takes a lot of practice! A lot of it...I'm still working on my techniques actualy...But if your stiches aren't the same length, it can be your spead..or you pulling the fabric at the wrong times, or it could be your tension on your threat..make sure you check that also. My machine has automatic tension adjustment..but it also tends to change the length of my stiches in the middle of sewing ( Very annoying ) Keep your speed and movements as fluient as possible. adjust stich length if needed, and adjust tension if needed.,...Hope that helps..you really just need to play with it till your comfortable.

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    Senior Member borntoquilt's Avatar
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    One of my quilting teachers says Practice AT LEAST 10 -15 minutes a DAY. That makes total sense to me!!

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