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Janome 6600 stitch quality zigzag - help!

Old 02-15-2013, 05:37 PM
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Default Janome 6600 stitch quality zigzag - help!

I have a new-to-me Janome 6600 and am having trouble zigzagging a quilt sandwich. The top of some of the zigzags are squared off - it even sews a few straight stitches once in a while. I'm quilting a full bed quilt when on my old machine the largest I did was twin. So size and drag are a variable. I have changed needles - using a 14-90. I've rethreaded, cleaned out -- all I know to do. I figure it's user error, but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Suggestions?

I puddle the quilt and have stools to hold it's weight to the front - it's on a table so there is support to the left and behind the machine. I have the foot pressure on 2 - had in on 1 for a while. Tension is on 7 - but I've tried it on every number. I have the red dot bobbin holder in there. Using foot A, mode 2, stitch 08. I'm stitching on the piecing seams around blocks.
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Is the zigzag normal on regular fabric? Is it normal on a test sandwich using the batting in your quilt?
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:14 PM
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both good questions! To which I do not know the answer!

Ya'll are really good. After a week of frustration working on this quilt a little at a time (I have 2 jobs that do not involve quilting) I finally posted for help. ince then the last 3 blocks I've been around have been great. I think it's the drag, pull, weight of the quilt - and the learning curve involved with a new machine. But ... if it starts up again I'll get the answers to Prism99's questions.
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are you using the walking foot/accufeed? I use the accufeed for everything....it might help, but I am guessing that it's the thickness that is giving you grief....try playing with the tension, mine is normally set right around 5 for everything but fmq....try a bigger needle too.

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I just tried zigzag on my I have the foot pressure on 3. I have it set on mode 2, stitch 8. I use the the dual feed foot with the stitch regular and it was ok. I also tried it with zigzag foot also had no trouble. Can you try using the dual feed foot with the stitch regular and put foot pressure on 3.
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thanks Lbug - I was using the dual feed foot then changed to foot A just in case that was the problem. Had foot pressure on 3 then changed it to 2. I'll go to dual feed with 3 again and see if it keeps good. I do think it's drag of the quilt. It has flannel backing and just seems heavy to me - but ... biggest one I've ever done.

Thanks everyone - onward and upward!
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If the quilt isn't support from behind, that may be the cause of the drag.
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thanks Lbug - I was using the dual feed foot then changed to foot A just in case that was the problem. Had foot pressure on 3 then changed it to 2. I'll go to dual feed with 3 again and see if it keeps good. I do think it's drag of the quilt. It has flannel backing and just seems heavy to me - but ... biggest one I've ever done.

Thanks everyone - onward and upward!
Another thing ... be sure that you have the foot flipped down and into the dual feed when you are using the accufeed feet. It;s too easy to forget to swing it down into place ............ and that will play havoc with your results!

For sure use your accufeed when you are quilting.
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