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Thread: Frustrating day!

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    Hello, I need to vend as I spend the whole day trying to figure out what is wrong with my machine. I am trying to free motion quilt on a baby quilt using duck template. First 2 row went smooth then the top thread started to pop out on the 3rd row, after doing this couple of times, I change the needle, re bobbin and re thread the machine again. Still the same problem so I change the bobbin and needle again. Sew a duck or so then then top breaks again. Clean out the bobbin area and underneath - Grr!! Im at end of my rope and gave up for the day. Any ideas or suggestion - why?? or time to take to shop?

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    Oh dear, that does sound frustrating!! I can't help you but others will.
    But I do give hugs so HAVE ONE!! :D

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    Yep, time to 'step away from the machine'. :hunf:

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    Thanks I needed that :-)

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    I stepped away from mine this week-end. I was ata retreat and suffered the same frustration. Guess it's to the shop we go tomorrow.

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    Could it possible be the size of the needle?

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    For whenever you go back to your machine....when I had that problem, it turned out that the ..oh....what is it called....let me check my owner's manual...thread take up lever was letting the thread slip off. I ended up taking it to the shop, as my machine was still under warranty. I was told a part had been recalled, but he wasn't replacing it unless people had trouble with it. (Pfaff expression 2.)

    With that being said, are you using the same thread on the bobbin as you are using on the top? My machine seems to prefer the same thread. Maybe that could be it?

    At any rate, leave it for now and come back to it tomorrow...or at least wait an hour before you come back to try to work it out. :) Sometimes just moving away from the machine really really helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juropat
    Hello, I need to vend as I spend the whole day trying to figure out what is wrong with my machine. I am trying to free motion quilt on a baby quilt using duck template. First 2 row went smooth then the top thread started to pop out on the 3rd row, after doing this couple of times, I change the needle, re bobbin and re thread the machine again. Still the same problem so I change the bobbin and needle again. Sew a duck or so then then top breaks again. Clean out the bobbin area and underneath - Grr!! Im at end of my rope and gave up for the day. Any ideas or suggestion - why?? or time to take to shop?

    When you say "the Top breaks" is it the needle, the thread or what is breaking? I know when I break a needle quilting it is because I am pulling the quilt through to fast and putting presure on the needle and the needle comes down on the presure plate. I have to slow myself down.

    Walking away is good too. Do you drink coffee.... a cup is what I need now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phannie1
    Do you drink coffee....
    If you drink a lot of coffee maybe you need decafe about now. :)
    Stepping away works for me when I get frustrated.

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    Just "go to your happy place"

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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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    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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    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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    Mines doing birds nest every so often! I feel ur frustration!!

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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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    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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    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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    ..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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