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Old 06-30-2008, 03:28 PM
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I am trying to machine quilt a baby quilt. Can someone give me some tis on how to help it not to bunch at the ends. Ran inot a wrinkle all ready and don't want them to be all over. Thanks for any help.

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Old 06-30-2008, 04:30 PM
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I put mine under my machine, then roll the sides up and clamp them.
Then I just machine about a 12x12 area at at time. Once that is done, I unclamp, then reclamp again. Works for me with no wrinkles.
Someone else might have something better to suggest, but this works for me.
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:37 PM
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Kyia, it sounds like you may not have it pin basted enough. You should have a pin at least every 4" or about every "hand" width as I measure it. If you firmly smooth your backing, then either clamp it to the table top or tape it to the floor to hold it securely, then lay your batting on it, then the top and pin baste it all over.

Then, I lay a section of the quilt under the foot on the machine and smooth the back as best I can in the little section I am working on. I don't use clamps..I fluff & stuff the quilt into the machine. I first stitch in the ditch to secure sections of the quilt at a time before I start doing more detailed quilting.

Good luck!
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Old 06-30-2008, 04:46 PM
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Oh yea....I forgot to add that part.
I pin the hell outta mine. I think I use too many, but I don't get any puckers. But that's me...
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:27 PM
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pins pins and more pins. sounds like over kill but I really works and tape down the bottom so it doesn't move when you pin thru.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:32 AM
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Hey those are great tips thank you everyone for the information for all of the newbies.
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:51 AM
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Harriet Hargrove recomends starching both the top and the backing. I tried and it really helps eliminating the tucks.

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Old 07-01-2008, 03:47 AM
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I agree with Tirnhi, I quilt about a 12 by 12in. area then take it off the machine, smooth it out and do some more. Always start in the middle and work out. Pins are very important. Marge
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Those are all great suggestions!!

I also use a walking foot.

I hope that helps.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:26 AM
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Ok, I started at the top of the quilt and went down. I do not have a walking foot and can not buy one at this time. I pinned, I think enough. I will try in the center and work out and see how that goes.

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