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    Help with FMQ!

    I'm new to FMQ. When I first started, I did pretty well on my Singer Featherweight. However, the last few times I've tried, I get several inches of skipped stitches. In fact, it is mostly skipped stitches and a few regular stitches. I'm very frustrated. I've tried larger needles, changing bobbin, tensions, etc. Please provide any advice you can or I'll be limited to stitch in the ditch forever! Thanks!

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    Is your needle inserted correctly? The flat side of the needle goes to the left and the needle threads right to left.

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    if you are moving your fabric faster than the machine is stitching you will also get skipped stitches- ensure the needle is inserted correctly (the needle size should be the correct size for the thread being used) rethread the machine- reinsert the bobbin- put together a small practice piece & try speeding up the machine speed & slowing down your fabric manipulation--it takes time/practice to find that perfect combination of speed/movement...i don't see a larger needle making a difference- unless the first one was not the right size for the thread you are using.
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    Practice on a sandwich until it looks like you want it to. Move your hands a bit slower and wear gloves with rubber nubs.
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    Slow down and / or move your quilt slower. this happens to me all the time when I rush to finish sOmething.

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    I am interested in how you FMQ on a Featherweight. Are there any special tricks to it? Other than your current situation, which I agree with all above on suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    I am interested in how you FMQ on a Featherweight. Are there any special tricks to it? Other than your current situation, which I agree with all above on suggestions.
    When I took a mini course the instructor just used a generic darning foot, left the feed dogs up & set the stitch length to 0 and it worked like a charm. She said she never uses it for anything larger than a baby quilt though. I still haven't bought the right foot yet, my husqvarna feet won't work.

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    I hard that problem on my faithful 35 year old Kenny and it was the tension???

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    When I took a mini course the instructor just used a generic darning foot, left the feed dogs up & set the stitch length to 0 and it worked like a charm. She said she never uses it for anything larger than a baby quilt though. I still haven't bought the right foot yet, my husqvarna feet won't work.
    Thanks. I will give it a try.

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    I had that with my last quilt I worked on. I cut out a piece of notebook paper to fit inside the bobbin case before I put in my bobbin. That worked for me. I think they sell something like this but I don't know what it is called and I usually do my quilting on Sunday. No shops open withing an hour or two drive and I don't go that far for supplies if I can help it. Paper worked for me. Good luck.

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    Thank you everyone for your help. I will try these until I find one that works!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwillquilt View Post
    I had that with my last quilt I worked on. I cut out a piece of notebook paper to fit inside the bobbin case before I put in my bobbin. That worked for me. I think they sell something like this but I don't know what it is called and I usually do my quilting on Sunday. No shops open withing an hour or two drive and I don't go that far for supplies if I can help it. Paper worked for me. Good luck.
    This is very interesting to me. Do you know what this is supposed to accomplish? I'm trying to understand the mechanics of what happens. Does this increase the tension? Decrease it?
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    Ladies:
    I tried your advice on a practice sandwich, about 9x12, and it worked perfectly. I was so thrilled to get started on the table runner I wanted to quilt. However, when I started quilting, it did exactly the same thing it had been--sometimes, the thread does even pull up the bobbin thread. Could this be because the fabrics are different from practice piece, there is "drag" from the runner? Any other ideas? I don't want to give up, but I'm getting close....thanks

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    You might try keeping your hands closer to the needle area. Maybe with the runner being bigger your hands are too far away. Go to Leah Day's website you might find some information there. I know she keeps her hands close and I find it does help me. I think you have better control of the fabric.

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