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Old 08-27-2015, 08:25 PM
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Just learning free motion quilting and I had a old white cotton bed sheet that I made my quilt sandwiches with. I noticed the bobbin thread pulling to the top. I lowered the top tension until it was as low as it would go and still the bobbin thread came up. I was talking to my mom and she said she had heard that you shouldn't use bed sheets because the weave was to tight and that might be why I was having problems. Does anyone know if this is true about bed sheets? I had bought it at an estate sale to try with free motion quilting so I wouldn't waste my fabric.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:33 PM
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Yes, I know several longarmers who won't use sheets because they end up having tension issues just like you.

For practice, get some muslin. It's very inexpensive.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:23 PM
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The weave is tight on the very high end high thread count Egyptian cotton, is your bed sheet cotton or percale? Percale tends to be a pollycotton mix which could be tight. I have used pure cotton bed sheets as backing and no problems with FMQ on either my tatty old Janome or my Juki.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:33 PM
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Try tightening the bobbin thread, and then maybe you might have to tighten the top thread again too. It shouldn't need to be that loose.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:50 AM
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have used sheets for backings many times...that old bed sheet may have been a tighter weave than most now a days but we have never had issues with sheets and our long arm...we have used them almost 20 years
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Do what Marley46 says. It seems like your bobbin thread tension is too loose.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:45 AM
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I use old bed sheets as foundation for crazy quilts and I don't have any tension problems. Batiks are also very tightly woven and I don't have trouble with those either...? Are you on a long arm? I know those use much thicker needles - I've only sewn on a domestic machine so maybe that's the difference?
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