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Old 09-01-2012, 09:45 AM
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I have machine pieced a log cabin quilt. I would like to try to machine quilt it but when I started stitching in the ditch it puckered on me when I got to the end of the stitch. (meeting another stitch ) I had to pick it out and guess I will need to hand piece. Can someone tell me how you start to quilt a log cabin? I sure hate to hand piece this thing. Thank you so much.
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:55 AM
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Did you baste your quilt really well? If it's not basted tightly, it will pucker. Watch Sharon Schamber's youtube video on basting a quilt. She is very good. Hope this helps you. Gina
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:06 AM
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I use safety pins about a fist length apart to baste my stitch in ditch quilts. What type of basting did you do?
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:46 AM
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I did SITD on log cabin quilts on my DSM. I basted with safety pins. You might try a new needle, or a smaller needle. Poly monofilament thread helps keep the stitches invisible.
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Good walking foot?
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:56 AM
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Yep, I use the walking foot and lengthen my stitches just a little.
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:06 AM
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Is the quilt moving smoothly? Maybe something is draging?
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:33 PM
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I only basted with the 505 basting spray. I did not use a walking foot. Seems like I need to go back to school. I knew you all would know what I was doing wrong. I will baste with pins, attach my walking foot and lenghten my stitch. I have a Babyloc, would 4 be long enough or is that just a personal decision. Thanks to you all for your help. I should have known better I guess. Short cuts just do not work.
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Not everyone bastes with pins, some sew baste, some use glue, some spray. There is not a wrong or right way, just different ways that may work for you. I've never used spray, and have a Pfaff with IDT, so no walking foot. The stitch length, thread and needle type also enter into it. Good luck.
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:06 PM
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Start in the middle and quilt your way out.
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