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Help... What am I doing wrong

Old 03-22-2010, 08:26 AM
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OK Saturday afternoon I attended a quilt class, the instructor had us drop the feed dogs and to put our stitch length all the way to zero so our feed dogs would not move.

I practiced and practiced and the top stitching looks very nice but the bottom stitches are loose in spots and sometimes have a bump at the corners.

I put in a brand new needle at the beginning of class, what am I doing wrong?

I am using a White Style Maker Pro and I cannot increase/decrease the tension on the bobbin, there is no place to do it.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:28 AM
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My first instinct is to completely re-thread the machine. Sometimes it works. On my Pfaff, if the bottom stitches are loose, it's usually because it didn't like the way I threaded it that time.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:30 AM
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By the sounds of it, your top tension is too loose.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:35 AM
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If the bottom thread is loose it's not the bobbin tension, it's the top tension. If your feed dogs are dropped I would lower the top tension one number at a time until your bottom stitches are even. Make sure your thread is going through the tension discs and is threaded correctly. If you still have problems, let us know.

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Old 03-22-2010, 10:35 AM
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My machine requires that the foot-picker-upper-lever (don't u just love my technical lingo? lol) has to be pushed in a certain position - otherwise mine does the same thing. Did you check your manual?
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:46 AM
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I checked my manual and it has nothing about it, very frustrating
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:59 AM
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Is your top thread and bobbin thread the same? I thought I was being frugal on one of my first projects and put old thread on the bobbin. It did the "loopy" thing. Just a thought.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:06 AM
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When ever my machine does that it means it is time to clean the lint out of the bobbin area. I clean it put the bobbin back in and it runs just fine.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:10 AM
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i find,that after i check the tension, it is usually operator error, like me going around curves to fast! which causes the "eyelashes" or "train tracks" looking mess on the back only.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:23 AM
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I cleaned and oiled the machine before going to this quilt class, it could be I was going too fast, I will post a picture tomorrow and you can tell me what you think.
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