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Old 10-09-2011, 08:00 PM
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I learned on this board that, when trouble starts midway, turn the spool around to feed off in the other direction. Worked for me!
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:41 PM
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Take a deep breath, go prop your feet up and it will all look different tomorrow. Wish I could be of more help, but believe us, now is definitely the time to back away!
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:51 PM
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I would suggest you rethread the machine and then sew on another piece of fabric. If it sews for at least a yard and the stitch pattern, tension, etc is excellent, then try the quilt again. If the problem occurs with the quilt, then you know something connected with the quilt is wrong. The speed of moving the fabric, the feed dog position, the walking foot, the tension for holding thick fabric or the tension on the thread. If it works fine with regular fabric, the problem is probably in the way you are manipulating the quilt through and under your presser foot. I'm not sure I'm expressing this plainly. Good luck.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:34 PM
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Mines doing birds nest every so often! I feel ur frustration!!
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:42 AM
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Use to happen to me all the time until someone suggested I use a #16 needle. I switched the needle, and have never had any more problems
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:16 AM
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Also check to see if your needle is gummed up. If so, change it. I've tried to wipe mine down with alcohol but it didn't help. I think in my case I used too much spray baste, which is why it gummed up. It can happen if you are quilting over fusible appliques too.
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Old 10-10-2011, 07:57 AM
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I have found that my top thread is the problem. It gets caught in the threading process before you thread your needle and tightens up and everything stops. Check and make sure your top thread is not curling. If you use cheaper thread it has a tendency to curl (especially the smaller spools) I would recommend buying the bigger spools of thread that won't do that.. I use the nylon invisible thread for the top sometimes and that does it the worst!
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:03 AM
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..on the 3rd row thread started to pop out.. On the back of your sandwich or the top? If it is the bottom, the thread tension on top is not working properly? Make sure nothing is stuck in the tension gage and rethread.
The thread broke...Sometimes you get a thread that makes a little lint ball behind the needle and it will break the thread eventually. Sometimes the only solution is to change thread. If you are using thread the has the little slit in the spool, make sure the thread is not catching on it. Hope you can find the solution. It's so frustrating when FMQ is not going well!
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