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    Question Not sure why this happened while machine appliquéing

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Size:  599.6 KB After I was done, I notices these loose stitches on the back. What happened???

    Thanks for your help.

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    Your tension was off. If it's on the back, that means you should check and re-thread your top thread. Usually when I see this, it means my thread caught on something, like the carry handle, and the thread path was impeded.

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    When my machine does that it is usually a tension problem or lent or thread caught under my bobbin case. I hope this helps you.

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    Thanks ladies it does, Ill rethread.

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    I have found on my machine I need to pull the thread completely out and start rethreading from the spool down--I don't know why it makes any difference but it seems to, especially on my Bernina.
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    I am going to assume your machine was sewing just fine before the loose stitching. First rule when something like this happens is to completely unthread the machine (bobbin too) clean the lint out and rethread. Followed by: check tension and change the needle. You might also need to look at the feed dogs and see if there is a bunch of lint packed up in that area (especially under the needle plate).

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    Well the good news is it should be easy to slip your seam ripper under the stitches to take it out. Re-thread as others have said and sometimes I have found that if the fabric is really dense like batik it can cause problems. I put in a new needle to pierce the fabric better. The thread can also give you trouble if a very sticky fusible is used. Good luck.

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    I would also use a tearaway or washaway stablizer under the applique project. New threading, new sharp needle (not a universal), and the right stablizer save me a lot of fix it time in the long run. I am still learning to use my machines for applique and do enough stuff that I have to rip out so I try to fix the basics ahead of time. I'm finding the metafil needles and topstitch needles work best depending on my thread. Also have to check for nicks and burs on the throat plate of one machine on occaision --timing got off once and the resulting needle nick caused problems until I emeried it out.

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    If you had your feed dogs lowered....put them back up. Lowering them changes the upper tension. glenda

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    also, make sure that you had your presser foot down... although it doesn't really look messy enough for that to have been the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    also, make sure that you had your presser foot down... although it doesn't really look messy enough for that to have been the issue.

    Hmmm...are you speaking from personal experience? LOL.

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    please note: the depth difference in your background and in the applique can throw the tension off... because you machine is hopping over to make the 'sideways' stitch..., the foot is 'riding in mid air'.... check out the new 'stepped' foot that allows for this... the other thing you can do is to use hot glue to attach a small 'ski shaped' runner on the low side of your foot... i made mine from big plastic-coated paper clip, folding 2 'foot lengths' into a U shape and then closing the U, leaving a bit out front to 'toe up'... the depth was enough and the hot glue just pops off when you don't need it... works fine on regular applique, but if you need more depth, then you'll have to experiment with other additions...

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