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Thread: Learned a valuble..and frustrating lesson today!

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    I decided to get my friends baby quilt all done today...so I started quilting it and was about 80% done...flipped it over to check the back and guess what...my tension was off and I suppose I need to slow down a bit! Ugh :( lesson learned. Guess I can start ripping out the stiches now! Glad it isnt a huge quilt or I might have cried haha.
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    That's terrible but it looks like it will be easy to rip out. Have fun! :-)

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    It probably isn't your tension. You're moving the quilt too fast and the machine is going too slow.

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    Hugs! I hate ripping!

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    Funny - I just posted a thread about a problem with THIS SAME FABRIC for the back of my quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompulsiveQuilter
    Funny - I just posted a thread about a problem with THIS SAME FABRIC for the back of my quilt!
    Maby its the fabric :lol:

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    I was going as slow as possible... but I did change the tension before I started...guess it might have been a combination of both though. Oh well I have until the end of the month anyway to get it done.

    Think positive right!? This means it wasnt ment to have that quilting design! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    It probably isn't your tension. You're moving the quilt too fast and the machine is going too slow.
    I think you're right on that one. I was really trying to go as slow and consistant as possible...guess my machine just didnt agree!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    That's terrible but it looks like it will be easy to rip out. Have fun! :-)
    Ditto. I just decided to take apart some blocks I sewed together when I was 12 yo, and the stitches are so small, I can barely get the ripper under them. I'm at the point I might just cut the seams and start with smaller blocks.

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    It's not ripping out... be policality correct... its "unsewing your seam"

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    Oh No :( I have done this too... and was grateful that these eyelash stitches are easy to rip out :D:D:D

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    well you can rip and watch the game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    It probably isn't your tension. You're moving the quilt too fast and the machine is going too slow.
    Yeah, that't what it looks like to me too. One of the gals in my class had that problem and the teacher kept telling her to speed up the machine.

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    If your quilt machine doesn't have a stitch 'regulator' you are going to fast.

    If it does it's the tension, I would start by increasing the tension on my bobbin if the quilting platform you are using has that option.

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    A quick test to find out if it's the tension or if it's you moving too fast is to stitch a straight line. If those stitches are good, then it's you going too fast. If the straight stitches are loopy too, then it's your tension.

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    Maybe you can make a practice sandwich piece of the same materials, etc. to figure out what the problem is. Then you won't have to rip your nice quilt out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    Maybe you can make a practice sandwich piece of the same materials, etc. to figure out what the problem is. Then you won't have to rip your nice quilt out?
    This is what I do before I quilt each project. I try to check after I've sewn a little bit too to make sure everything is looking good....ask me how I know....lol.

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    If I have enough fabric left, I make a little piece of top, batting and backing 10 x 10 or so to test on before I start and every time I change my bobbin. It's saved me a lot of time.
    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMoe4487
    I decided to get my friends baby quilt all done today...so I started quilting it and was about 80% done...flipped it over to check the back and guess what...my tension was off and I suppose I need to slow down a bit! Ugh :( lesson learned. Guess I can start ripping out the stiches now! Glad it isnt a huge quilt or I might have cried haha.

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    I am so sorry. I know you are frustrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsMoe4487
    I decided to get my friends baby quilt all done today...so I started quilting it and was about 80% done...flipped it over to check the back and guess what...my tension was off and I suppose I need to slow down a bit! Ugh :( lesson learned. Guess I can start ripping out the stiches now! Glad it isnt a huge quilt or I might have cried haha.
    I am soooooo there with you!!! I have spent the last 3 days ripping out the quilting stitches. Wish they would rip out as fast as I put them in.

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    That stinks! I quilted a faux chanel blanket a week ago and had the samething happen.

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    looks like the top tention is too loose.

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    I.ve done same thing...............keep on trucking..dont look back

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    The only good thing is you caught it before you gave it... and with the tension so loose it will be easy to remove.

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    Have certainly got a lot of hints from this entry---especially to turn over my quilt periodically to be sure all is well on the underside.

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