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    Looking for feed back.

    Ok calling all quilter to let me know. It ok I'm looking for all bad and good to help here. This is my first quilt sorry the pic came out funny. I would like help on some thing here.
    1. Why is my bobben thread getting all balled up under here.
    2. When your doing the quilt part with all this colors when color thread do you us this look funny to me.
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    Wow you did not start out with a simple pattern. The bobbin thread balled up is probably a tension problem. As far as thread color a light gray, or a verigated thread with colors in the quilt.

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    When sewing thread gets messed up you are supposed to check TNT or tension, needle thread. If it is sewing fine in most places and you get thread nest at intersections, you can reduce the pressure on your walking foot. Of course that is assuming you are using a walking foot to quilt your straight lines? If not a walking foot does help. I like to use a stitch on my machine that makes a slightly wiggly line rather than a straight line because straight lines are hard to keep straight. As stated for thread...a medium gray thread would be good or a varigated in the colours in the top. The quilt batt can cause problems if it's thick as well. I like a 80/20 blend batt for machine quilting.

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    I think I would go with a light gray also. Experiment with your tension on a small "sandwich" until you get it the way you want it. I like your quilt!

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    Oh thank you . I think it may help , But it is a nice pattern I like doing it . It fast and all in one you get done with the block you are done lol

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    I usually use light grey or beige unless the back is dark and then I try to match the bobin thread to the dark back.
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    wo you when over my head on this 80/20 and the walking foot is that what I'm stepping on to make it sew. Sorry I do not know all the lengo . I have just started and all the info I have pick up is from this web page see how good you all are. Ya I really had a time try to get it straight.

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    When I have bobbin issues, first thing I do is take it out, look for loose threads and "dust balls". I clean it all out, oil if needed. Then I move on to make sure the bobbin is wound right. Sometimes bobbins get wound to loose and can cause problems, or if they're close to being emptied they can get a little weird. Once all that's done I recheck my tension and reload the bobbin. Usually before I actually quilt on my quilt I make a practice sandwich and test out my tension and threads on it. Then when I'm happy I go to my actual quilt.

    As for thread suggestion, sometimes when the pattern has a lot going on, I opt for clear thread. It doesn't detract from the design. It can be a bit tricky to work with though. A varigated thread might be the way to go. Either a grey or brown. Would love to see it on here when it's finished!!

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    1. For me, if thread is balling up it usually means the machine isn't threaded correctly. I just rethread first, and see if that takes care of the problem. If that doesn't fix it, I take the bobbin out and check for lint or fluff or a snip of thread in the works.

    2. Unroll some diffent colors of thread onto the surface of the quilt and see how they look. This is going to be down to personal preference. I prefer lighter, more neutral thread, because I am never really trying to call attention to my quilting stitches.

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    80/20 just means a batting that is 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester. usually Hobbs Heirloom brand.
    I just bought a pkg of it today. also are you trying to do free motion quilting by chance? or doing regular machine stitches for quilting the quilt? sounds like you are doing quilt as you go, block by block....
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    You did a great job on your first quilt - I love your color choices and the three-dimensional look. As for the balling up of the bobbin thread, did this perhaps occur at the beginning of a stretch of sewing? That's when it always happens to me and it's because I haven't pulled taught both the top and bottom threads to keep them out of the way. The suggestion of the poster above to lay out several spools of thread to audition them is a good one.
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    A walking foot is like a presser foot except it helps the sewing machine sew over the top of the quilt as the "feed dogs" feed the quilt from the bottom. Depending on the type of machine that you have, you may be able to get a universal kind of walking foot that would work on your machine. A walking foot usually works well if you are quilting in relatively straight lines. I hope this helps.

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    I found cleaning the bobbin case area really good every time I need to put in a new bobbin of thread is very important with my machine. I agree with the other's comments about making sure machine is properly threaded too. Best of luck; don't lose heart now, looks like you're off to a good start.
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    WOW!! This is your FIRST?? Great job!

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    If I understood correctly, this is a Fun & Done quilt-as-you-go quilt. When my thread balls up on the back side, I haven't pulled my bottom thread up to the top if I'm quilting or the little thread tail got snarled up in my stitching if I am piecing.
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    Wow, very pretty! Can't believe it's your first!
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    Is the bobbin thread balling up when you are quilting?? The bobbin thread will ball up if you don't bring it up to the top of the quilt when machine quilting. You need to take one stitch then pull your top thread so it pulls your bottom (bobbin) thread up to the top. Then take several teeny tiny stitches to lock your threads in place then slowly increase your stitch length to normal size.

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    I also would use a med/dark gray thread for quilting. When quilting, you may need to adjust the pressure on your pressure foot or adjust your tension. Be sure to pull your backing taught as you quilt. And sew slowly with a walking foot. Be sure to pull the bobbin thread up as you begin sewing each time you start.

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    You may get balls when you first start if you do not bring your bobbin thread to the top and hold it.

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    It is as I go . Some one gave me a old book this was in it look good to start.

    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    80/20 just means a batting that is 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester. usually Hobbs Heirloom brand.
    I just bought a pkg of it today. also are you trying to do free motion quilting by chance? or doing regular machine stitches for quilting the quilt? sounds like you are doing quilt as you go, block by block....

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    thank you the color is just from old stuff shirt thing that was giving me. It is not balling up all the time and I never know tell Im done if it did lol. All the help here I will get it thank you.

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    I agree with those who suggest pulling your threads tight before you make those first few stitches. Mine makes the exact looking mess if I forget to do that. Even though the knots are on the bobbin thread side, in my case, it is actually the top thread that has pulled down and knotted up, as I learned from ripping them out. LOL
    The best solution I have found is the use of leaders and enders.... either small scraps or pieces from another project that you can sew at the beginning and end of each stitching session.
    When these won't work, then holding that top thread tight does the trick for me. Good luck!
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    When I have problems I always rethread my machine and also check the bobbin. I always make sure when I stop my work my thread lever is in the up position. If it isn't it can un thread itself or break the thread and of course cause problems. Your quilt is very pretty. Hope all works out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donna Mae View Post
    When I have problems I always rethread my machine and also check the bobbin. I always make sure when I stop my work my thread lever is in the up position. If it isn't it can un thread itself or break the thread and of course cause problems. Your quilt is very pretty. Hope all works out for you.

    Donna Mae
    Good advice, check out this site for the benefits of "Leaders n Enders" http://quiltville.blogspot.co.uk/200...-and-hows.html also make sure as a newbie use the same thread top and bottom and GREY thread is the best one ever when you don't know what to use, it blends it with all colours. BTW Well done on a lovely 1st quilt I hope you are proud as you should be.

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