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    Great that your problem is solved! It is the llittle things that make us go crazy! Just remember re-threading, new needle, cleaning, and oiling make a big difference on how your machine stitching will look. I quilt with King Tut threads and sometmes YLI. I also prewash everything and use startch to crisp up the fabric.
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    I bought batiks while in St. John Virgin Is, last summer to make a quilt of travels. Do you wash the batiks? Also have quilt kit of batik squares of dark colors. Will I be able to wash this when finished? Don't like things I can't wash. I am also new to quilting. These are my first "specialty" fabrics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltease
    Hi,
    I put together a quilt with batik accents. No problem sewing it together. I put it on my frame and it's skipping all the stitches JUST on the batik. I've tried every needle from 11 to 14, different weights of thread and I'm stumped. I can't take it apart, I haven't time, it's a wedding gift. Aside from taking it off the frame and quilting it on my regular machine what else should I try? I've used batiks before without problems. As I said, it pieced together fine, so it's not the fabric...or is it? HELP!!!!!!!!!!
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    bev.
    I haven't read all of the other posts, so hope I'm not repeating, but I just saw this problem mentioned on the homequiltingsystems group on Yahoo! The solution was to spray the batik fabric with silicone (not the type you get in hardware stores, but the type made for sewing machine threads). Others mentioned using a couple of drops of sewing silicone on the thread spool as an alternative (that would be Sewer's Aid, I think). One person mentioned having to get underneath the frame to spray silicone on the batik backing each time she advanced the quilt; otherwise she got skipped stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoagiesj
    I bought batiks while in St. John Virgin Is, last summer to make a quilt of travels. Do you wash the batiks? Also have quilt kit of batik squares of dark colors. Will I be able to wash this when finished? Don't like things I can't wash. I am also new to quilting. These are my first "specialty" fabrics.
    Sharon
    Like any other fabric, some batiks will bleed; most won't. I don't prewash any of my fabrics, including batiks. Instead, I give the quilt its first washing as soon as it's finished, using Synthrapol in the washing machine water. Synthrapol suspends unset dye in the water so it washes away instead of staining other fabric. If there is a lot of dye in the first wash water, I would wash it again with Synthrapol before drying. Synthrapol is available in many quilt stores or online at places like Dharma Trading and ProChem.

    Some people pre-test their fabrics for bleeding. One way is to cut off a small piece and drop it in water. You can also rub with a piece of damp white fabric to see if any dye transfers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoagiesj
    I bought batiks while in St. John Virgin Is, last summer to make a quilt of travels. Do you wash the batiks? Also have quilt kit of batik squares of dark colors. Will I be able to wash this when finished? Don't like things I can't wash. I am also new to quilting. These are my first "specialty" fabrics.
    Sharon
    Since the "color catchers" are on the market, I'm not so much concerned about the color running as I am shrinkage.

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    Thanks for the info. I can now do the batik kit of precut squares and not worry.
    Sharon

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    I agree, Sandpat. I even prewash, and dry, my batting. I remember years ago when I first started quilting, a friend at worked asked if I would make a small quilt as a gift for a friend. No problem, until I threw it in the wash to get out the pencil quilting marks. The batting shrunk and I ended up with an "antique" quilt (fortunately the colors were all muted so it looked right). I panicked until I brought it to work and waited for my friend's reaction. After all, she had paid for all the fabrics. Well..she loved it. PHEW!!!! But since then I prewash everything that's going into the project. If I could prewash the thread, I'd probably do that, too!!
    Just sewing the appliques on the quilt now. Have the binding to go (anyone have any extra Robert Kaufman purple patina handpaint batik AMD-7016-6???) some embroidered names and dates, and it's ready to give. Hopefully I can post pictures if we ever get a camera that actually works.
    bev. :]

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    I'm not sure if anyone has suggested this already, but here goes. In the Quilt University class on machine quilting, Carol Miller suggests top stitching needles for machine quilting on batiks. Because the fabric is boiled to release the wax they us to form the patterns, the weave is extremely close and may be more difficult to machine quilt. So maybe try a topstitching needle in your machine and see if that helps. Hope it does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltease
    I have the first generation Inspira frame. It's obvious why they changed the whole thing. Vibration is a problem, even after my boyfriend put more screws and nuts and whatevers everywhere. The pantographs are placed on a shelf above the frame, which I LOVE (don't need my glasses to see) BUT the center of the shelf (which is in two pieces) gets pulled down by gravity until it's so low that it hits the machine. I've braced it with muffin tins, rulers, a long plank of wood, you name it. I purchased it with the Pfaff, and splurged on the stitch regulator.
    Again, thank you for all the help. I'll let you all know tomorrow whether it worked or whether I'm going to have to quilt around the batiks. Yikes!
    top smells "April Fresh". Looks like I'll have to wash it once it's quilted.
    bev.
    I use the same set up as you. Make sure it is leveled exactly. Measure both ends front and back. (along the top of the part where the wheels run. Even if you did it during set up, it may have been accidently moved. Even the slightest amount makes a difference. This happened to us. My sis measured, measured and remeasured until we had every area on the lower part of the fame level. Do you have anything on the top shelf other than the pantograph? If so remove it. The only time we had a problem with the shelf was when we had some stuff that had been put up there between quiltings. We never used the pantos, so I don't know how that would affect.

    As for the batiks, we had problems with that as well. Some were fine and others caused problems. What Shelly said about the batiks is true. If you have a piece that you can put on the frame, with scrap batting and backing, you can experiment to see what works best.


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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltease
    I always prewash. Once I buy a fabric, even if I'm not going to use it in the near, or far, future it gets washed and ironed. Actually, I rinse and dry my batting, so there's no shrinkage (unless I want that wrinkly old fashioned look). I just throw the fabric in with my regular wash (the batting goes in alone just on final rinse). Yes, I agree, it IS a pain to iron.
    An update on the quilt...it is HALF quilted!!!!! No problems so far...but I still have my fingers crossed. Again, my thanks to all who wrote in.
    bev.
    So glad things are working out for you.

    I prewash most of the time; but I fold it flat when warm from the dryer. I iron it before cutting.

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    Thanks for the advice, kd 124. The back center of the frame wasn't meeting so the carriage would have to hop every time it hit center. I started taking it apart and found that the screw and screw hole don't match up. If you screw it in, it 's back to machine jumping, so it's out. I don't know if that's the reason for all the vibration, but it rides smoother now. Now that there's nothing on the frame, or anything about to go on the frame, I'll do your measuring and remeasuring trick.
    Putting on the binding now...hoohoo, it's ALMOST done!!!!!!!!!
    bev.

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    Bev, glad you found a source of the vibration and got your quilting done.
    Please post a pic when you get the binding on.

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    Anxious to see

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    Never posted pictures before so I hope I do this right.

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    Damn, I did something wrong. How to you make pictures smaller so they can be posted?? I thought I did. I can email them so isn't that small enough? Maybe I should take them from an email. That sounds silly. Anyway, the quilt is finished and the pictures are waiting to be posted. Anyone know how to do this??
    Thanks.
    bev.

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    If you can on your picture program go to edit and crop it to make it smaller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltease
    Damn, I did something wrong. How to you make pictures smaller so they can be posted?? I thought I did. I can email them so isn't that small enough? Maybe I should take them from an email. That sounds silly. Anyway, the quilt is finished and the pictures are waiting to be posted. Anyone know how to do this??
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    bev.
    Hey Bev, perhaps you made them so small that we just can't see them. :lol: Can't wait to see your work.

    By the way, I love the avatar.

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    I tried with no luck. The picture uploaded but then nothing happened when I hit submit. My message didn't even go forward without the pictures. I'll keep trying. What size should I be shooting for???
    When I put the jpeg into the "attach files" nothing is able to be sent to the page. Not even what I write. They're in bytes. Isn't that smaller than a 1MB? I am so computer illiterate!! I even tried sending just one. Same problem. I don't even know if this will go through. BUT I will keep trying. That's sort of what quilting is all about, too.
    bev. :]

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    here i go again.

    why not try again?
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    OMG I did it!!!

    this is the back. I'll try for more detail.
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    Jim did this to be artistic, but you can see some of the detail.
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    MORE detail of the back!! I am SO excited I did this!! Whoohoo!!!
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    OMGsh, you go girl. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: on getting the pics up for us to see. Awesome quilt. Both sides are --- can't find the right words. And blue -- how perfect can it be??!!!!! Take a bow!

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    Oh my stars--that is one drop dead gorgeous quilt-coming and going!!!! I cannot believe your BACK!!! That is more work than I usually put into the front!!!!

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    Thank you ladies! I asked the bride's future Mother-In-Law (my sister-in-law) what the bride's favorite colors were. Her reply? NEUTRALS. Neutrals? How on earth am I supposed to make something with neutrals. Joyce thought a bit and said she liked some blues and maybe purple. So the front is for her. My preference is the back, which I admit I did for me, not really loving the front. Also, I had never tried hand applique before, so I figured, learn a new skill and make something bland into something attractive. Win win. I just hope the bride likes it as much as you do!!!!
    Thanks again.
    bev. :]

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    Outstanding!!!!!!

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