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Thread: HELP.....Unhappy with long arm quilting results

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    HELP.....Unhappy with long arm quilting results

    I tried a new LAQ recently for my raffle quilt for the church bazaar. When I picked it up the quilter mentioned that she had trouble with her Statler Stitcher and had to take out some stitches and redo a row. She only charged me $50. Now I have a quilt with machine stitch marks where she had to tear out a row of stitches. I have tried running my fingernails over them to make them less obvious. Didn't seem to help. If I put this in the dryer would that help to make the stitches less noticeable???

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    Running your fingernails over the needle holes should have helped some. I'm not sure if just the dryer will help, but washing it and drying it should help more. Hopefully when she picked out that row she was gentle and not tearing the threads out.

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    Spray it with white vinegar, then use your fingernail. I hope she didn't use too large a needle.

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    try spritzing it with water and then do the fingernail trick.
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    Are you not planning on washing it? Washing will definitely help. Steam will help a little bit, but in my experience only washing will make the holes disappear completely.

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    Did you ASK your LAQ what she suggested?
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    I too would give it a gentle wash then tumble dry on low heat. Washing/drying cures a lot of ailments with our quilts. Good luck!

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    good luck with suggestions. water helps a lot to make fabric threads swell a bit. I had two quilts done and both times the quilter didn't like her meandering and clipped 1/3 of the stitches. left all them in for me to pick out though!!

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    Cotton has "memory". When quilting the needle pushes the woven threads out of the way. After she removed the stitches the cotton fibers held the same position they were in when the quilting thread filled that "hole" which isn't really a hole at all but the space made in the weave of the fabric from the needle going in. Drying it probably won't make a difference. You need to wet the quilt in order for the cotton to give up it's memory. You can try spritzing with a water bottle but washing and drying should make those areas close up entirely and the weave of the fabric will return to its original look.

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    Wash it and dry it, they'll be gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    good luck with suggestions. water helps a lot to make fabric threads swell a bit. I had two quilts done and both times the quilter didn't like her meandering and clipped 1/3 of the stitches. left all them in for me to pick out though!!
    Oh my gosh!

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    i saw somewhere that if you use color pens to match the quilt top where holes are it helps hide the ripped out stitches with just filling it in with small dots of ink
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    Wow, I've learned quite a bit in this thread and I didn't ask the question. Thanks everyone.

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    Even just a little spritz with water will get rid of those marks...if you don't want to wash it
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    Washing it gently will remove the needle wholes. Cotton has a memory and this will erase that problem.
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    spritzing with a wrinkle release product does the trick most of the time. I buy mine from Dollar General or Family Dollar for about $1.50.

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    Spritz of water and a soft toothbrush have worked for me. good luck.

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    Either wash it, or spray water on the holes, then dry it.
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    Washing and drying should do it.

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    Even though you are unhappy about the needle holes, be glad she took out the offending rows. Think how much angrier you would be if she had left it?????? Wash and dry the quilt, it fixes a multitude of sins.
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
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    Thanks so much for your great information. I don't ususally wash and dry my quilts before we raffle them but maybe I will have to rethink this. I will 'spritz and steam' and hope that works. You members are the 'best'.

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    you don't need to agitate your quilt. soak and spin out. I do that a lot. I usually fill again, soak and spin out if i'm removing any wash out markings.

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    Before you wash the quilt, you may want to wash a couple of bath towels and put them in the dryer with the quilt, there just might be enough moisture in the towels to let the fibers go back to a natural state. Just an idea. Hate it when I have to rip out some of my LA quilting.

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    you can put it in the dryer with a wet washcloth - the moisture should help without having to wash the quilt.
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    If it's not a large area, spritz and "scratch" should work. I just did that on the quilt I have on my LA where I restitched an area after removing the original stitching.

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