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Thread: I really need to rip this, right?

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    I really need to rip this, right?

    It's so hard to motivate myself right now... Just trying to finish even a small project is so hard. I keep chanting, 'better done than perfect' but...
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    Or you could pretend you want it to look that way. I sort of like it.

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    I like it too. It would have to be way worse for me to rip it.
    I'd rather be at the lake

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    Eh--come back to it when you're fresh. Not now. It'll seem like no biggie at all later, and you'll be glad you did. But if you try now, you might regret it.

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    Are you one of those who washes your quilt right away to get the crinkled look? If you are then leave it be, you will never see it! If you're not then I would just let it be anyway because it might be worse the next time. So sorry this happened to you.
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    I think a lot depends on who the quilt is for - and how much of a perfectionist you are!

    Can someone explain why this happens and what to do to prevent it - it happens to me all the time.

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    we'd need more information to give accurate advice.

    is it cotton batting? polyester? a blend?

    it appears to have been quilted without using a walking foot.
    is that true?

    did you baste it?
    did you baste it enough?

    it looks as though the top tension is off by just a smidge.

    that said, i wouldn't rip it; and my friends harrass me all the time about being too picky.

    it doesn't look as you hoped/expected, but it does not look bad at all.

    as Arrianna pointed out, once it has made a trip through the laundry, the "problem that isn't really a problem" will disappear.
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    Can you be sure it won't look worse after you take it out and redo it? On of the problems you will encounter is having a very small space to work in because of the restriction of other quilted areas.

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    I don't see a problem with it. It's a quilt. It's supposed to be crinkly. Move on.

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    I think it is fine and would definitely leave it. As others have said it won't matter once the quilt has been washed. Looking at your photo, I think that you might try lengthening your stitch next time. I go from 3 to 3.5 on straight line quilting (2 for piecing) on my machine.

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    If it were my quilt I would leave it because I wash all of mine and that will become part of the crinkly look I like - but- since you asked the question my guess is that you won’t be satisfied with it so go with your gut and rip it out if that will make you like it more!
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    That happened to one of mine and it bothered me at first but now after several washings, usage etc it's just fine!

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    ​Is it going to drive you crazy? If so pick it out and instead of straight line quilting, do a meander or loop de loop design in that area. Straight line quilting that meets another line always are a problem area for me.

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    did you change the stitching direction every other line?
    i think that may be what has caused the "pulling" in both directions.

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    I just finished quilting one with the same problem. I'm not sure why/how it happened. I'm not that experienced at quilting, but it has not happened on the few quilts I have quilted previously on my domestic sewing machine with a walking foot.

    Sometimes, I don't think you can fix it. If you spray basted it, it's only going get worse if you try to reposition it now. I think, but am not sure, that all that sewing, resewing, positioning and repositioning can stretch your fabric and result in more "puffiness" somewhere else. So, you just end up moving the "puffiness" around.

    You will have to decide how important it is to you. I might measure the area that is "puffy" and compare it to the same block in an quilted and unquilted area. If it's the same, I'd leave it. If it is smaller, I might re-do it, as it's going to pull other areas out of line. Your ruler will tell you how much it's off.

    On this one, I'm just going to wash it before it's gifted. Hopefully, that will help. If not, I'll keep it for myself, as it's still a pretty quilt.

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    Second thought: Try taking out every other row.
    Last edited by bkay; 09-04-2018 at 06:16 AM. Reason: second thought

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    I was also thinking it wouldn't be very noticeable after a washing. If it were me, I would finish up the quilt (including the binding) and put it through the wash and see how it looks and how I felt about it. It seems to me it could be redone at that point as easily as now, so you might as well wait and see.

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    I should have elaborated! This is using Warm and Natural batting (fairly thin). I did use a walking foot...this is the underside of the worrisome section. The rest didn't turn out too bad, I even got around doing the friendship star points fairly well, it's just this puckers so in this section. I did baste, both spray and pins...I thought I had basted enough. Maybe not!

    This is really just a throw size quilt for myself, or if someone sees it and likes it they can have it. It's really just for me to get going again, to get some momentum after a really dry spell for creativity and sewing on my machine. It will definitely be washed.

    I don't have any kind of extended table on it...it's just a domestic Janome DC 1050. I'm wondering if the $40 extension table would be worth the purchase?

    Thanks so much for the replies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by maminstl View Post
    I think it is fine and would definitely leave it. As others have said it won't matter once the quilt has been washed. Looking at your photo, I think that you might try lengthening your stitch next time. I go from 3 to 3.5 on straight line quilting (2 for piecing) on my machine.
    Yeah, I only noticed much later how tiny the 2.8 stitches look! I will definitely up the size next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post
    Sometimes, I don't think you can fix it. If you spray basted it, it's only going get worse if you try to reposition it now.

    bkay

    Second thought: Try taking out every other row.
    I like your second thought! That may be just what I do. It will de-intensify the issue. Since this was spray basted, I'll try to leave it somewhat alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    did you change the stitching direction every other line?
    i think that may be what has caused the "pulling" in both directions.
    Yes, I did - I thought it was 'recommended' to change directions when quilting? Also, I'm not sure how I would get around doing that with a walking foot on. Just do one line down, then stop, cut the thread and start over on the next?
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    If that is the back does it even show on the front? I've heard to reverse directions on diagonal seams but I don't think I've ever heard it for straight line. I too am of the mind to leave it alone and give it a wash. You can still redo it if you want if the bath doesn't work enough for you. Only look at the front. then you won't be bothered.

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    Chevrons are "in" right now and I think it has created a nice secondary pattern. Unless that really bothers you, I'd leave it--at least for awhile to see how it does with time. If this is for competition, might think differently but, if it's for general use.... I'd use it.

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    You have created a design element!

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    Happens to me all the time. But I think it is because I don't stretch/smooth the top tight enough. And sometime the backing also. Working on that.

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    Before I would go through all the trouble of taking it out, I would see if ironing it with a little bit of steam would straighten it out. Since it is only in this section, it would be practical to try a small part of the section. If it looks good after you do a very little section, then steam iron the whole section that is puckered. Be sure that the steam is not too hot.

    Not knowing what your sewing machine is like when it sews, it looks to me that your stitch size maybe too small. I would enlarge the stitch a bit next time. I would also try using the same fabric and batting and do a sample piece to see if enlarging the stitch would help this problem. That way you see if this solves this problem for next time.

    I also noticed that in the lower right hand corner of the picture that your top thread is coming through. You may also want to loosen the tension just a bit. Make sure you note where the tension is before you start changing anything. I usually write it down on a piece of paper, so that I don't forget and can put the tension back to where it started when you finish the project. Ask me how I know this... my mind can be a steel trap somedays and other days it is like a colander.

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