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    I am glad you got your FMQ problem solved.

    Your quilt is gorgeous. You did an awesome job with your first project. You should see mine...lol. I've done okay with someone else's pattern but this is the first time I designed my own pattern. It's going to look a LOT different than the design I drew on paper.

    Hope you have MANY more years of quilting...it IS so much fun and rewarding.

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    That looks great! I'm so happy that you're finding some enjoyment in this, now. :)

    Most people don't start quilting with Dresden Plates - I'm impressed. If you are already doing the more difficult patterns, you aren't going to have any trouble at all. :)

    You might want to go back to your original post in this thread and click on "Edit Title" or "Edit Subject" or something like that and make the title of the thread read:

    RESOLVED! Why wont my machine do freemotion correctly

    Otherwise people are going to keep bypassing the fact that you've resolved the problem and continue to offer advice for fixing it. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    You might want to go back to your original post in this thread and click on "Edit Title" or "Edit Subject" or something like that and make the title of the thread read:

    RESOLVED! Why wont my machine do freemotion correctly

    Otherwise people are going to keep bypassing the fact that you've resolved the problem and continue to offer advice for fixing it. :)
    Am I missing something here? I don't see anywhere to Edit title or Edit Subject even if I go to one of my own topics. Unless it's a new feature
    which does not appear for me, I know you can contact a moderator to change the title for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    You might want to go back to your original post in this thread and click on "Edit Title" or "Edit Subject" or something like that and make the title of the thread read:

    RESOLVED! Why wont my machine do freemotion correctly

    Otherwise people are going to keep bypassing the fact that you've resolved the problem and continue to offer advice for fixing it. :)
    Am I missing something here? I don't see anywhere to Edit title or Edit Subject even if I go to one of my own topics. Unless it's a new feature
    which does not appear for me, I know you can contact a moderator to change the title for you.
    yep, I cant find where I can amend the topic either.

    I just want to thank you guys SO MUCH!! Truly from the bottom of my heart. Like I said, this means ALOT to me. I have 5 children and 3 grandkids. I also have 5 sisters and 1 brother as well as my mom to make quilts for and I want them all to be special. I am making my mom a memory quilt that will have pictures of all of us in it. I plan to do the same for all of my siblings and daughters (they are the ones that have my precious grandbabies).

    Then after I get those done I can make one for ME! YEAH! I made the dresden plate using a template for the fans. The rest of it was just made up as I went along. I was actually quite surprised at how well I took to this. I have never been a crafty person and before 2 months ago never even touched a sewing machine. I had a friend come over and show me how to use it! lol. One afternoon of her working with me and then I was on my own.

    My mom bought the machine for me used at a dealer. It has worked really well for me so far. My husband and son in law got me some 3'x6' tables on craigs list for a whopping 12 pack of dr peppers. The man even threw in a little desk which I have set up as my pressing station. I actually have a pretty good set up. My husband built a wooden thing to sit on top of the tables and go around the machine to make the area all level and then I put some extra thick vinyl on top of it (with a cardboard measuring grid underneath. It is all kind of thrown together for now but works till I can afford a better set up or a sewing table so my machine can sit inside it. It has truly been a family endeavor to get me going.

    The biggest cost after the machine was just getting the supplies needed like the cutting mat, rotary blades, etc. I also am having a hard time now buying fabric since my husband isnt able to find a full time job and my SSDI only goes so far. But I feel grateful to have what I do and know things will come together as they should. I mean I have come this far already so it feels very right. Like I have found my way to something that fits me. You know what I mean? I never in my life would have thought I would be doing this. I just never had the urge before. But when it hit, it hit hard and I just felt it was right. Then once I started, I KNEW it was right. Now I just have to keep working at it and get better and better!

    I couldnt have come this far though without all the stuff on the internet. I have truly self taught through reading and watching tutorials. Any patterns I have were d/l for free off of websites. I cant imagine how hard it must have been before the internet. There is just so much info out there now to teach us. But nothing to dummy proof it for us and make us put down the dang presser foot!!! I thought when I read that...NO WAY, it cant possibly be something THAT simple and yet, it was! I never would have considered it though if it wasnt for this site so once again the internet has helped me along. Even the dresden plate pattern was learned from a tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I just love her! She seems like someone I would just hit it off with in person. Eleanor Burns has some great tutorial too but she is kind of kookie too.

    So again! Thank you all! You all rock!

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    Hi...I think so many of us can identify with you. This board is amazing...for me it is like I can being at the most amazing quilting class all day and all night if I want. There is someone there to constantly help, give advice and share inspiration.....as for free machine quilting..I too had problems some weeks ago and the help was amazing...now my FMQ is great...best advice some one gave me was try keeping the feed dogs up...WOW...it is like having a stitch regulator...try it you might be equally impressed

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    What kind of thread are you using? Not a metalic I hope that is very hard to stipple with. In addtion, when you have a bobbin nesting problem look to the top thread. RPM or speed up on machine and slow movement with your hands remember to breath. calla

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    Your Dresdens are beautiful. I hope mine turn out as well. Congrats to you. And I have used the Slider with the feed dogs up and it does help to keep even stitches, but rather slows you down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanasrcool
    I am new to quilting. I finished my quilt top and it turned out great. I wanted to do some freemotion stippling on the outer perimeter and watched video after video and even read a few books. I started practicing. EVERY time the same thing. The top thread ends up with a huge nest on the underside of the quilt. Even at best I have a large loose loop of the top thread on the bottom. I have adjusted the tension in small amounts from +3 to -3 and NOTHING has helped. I have left the feed dogs up (have a supreme slider in place so it wont move the fabric) because one instructor said this might help and it made no difference. I have a singer 7426. Does anyone else this model or a singer that can help me shed some light on a solution here. There is no way to adjust anything on here but thread tension, stitch length and needle placement. I have tried matching threads in top and bottom, using poly thread on top and bottom. I just have no idea what I am doing so wrong. PLEASE HELP ME! Till now my experience with quilting has been such a positive one. But I am so stuck. There is a DVD that helps but I am not going to buy one that will simply tell me the same things I have already been told in the utube instructions and then have the added frustration of having paid money I dont have and STILL be stuck.
    I think that at least half of the quilters on the board have at least ONCE had this problem. Usually, it is because I didn't thread the machine carefully. I have a Bernina and sometimes the thread doesn't get into position on the tension gage. That is the first thing that you come down to put your thread thru before going up to the lever that goes up and down (that helps advance the thread on the spool). Another thing is when have you had it serviced last???. If it is NEW, I would take it in to whom I bought it from. A sewing machine is just like a car. You need to have it oiled and lubed at least once a year. GOOD LUCK and do make a sandwich quilt. I have been quilting for OVER 30 years and I STILL have one handy to always check my threads!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    Am I missing something here? I don't see anywhere to Edit title or Edit Subject even if I go to one of my own topics.
    When you open the first message of a thread and you are the author of the first post, there is an option to edit the topic's title on the left side of the page above your user name.

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    Rethread your whole machine and see if that helps. Sometimes the problem is so obvious, but yet hidden.

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    Good advice 1000Projects!

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    have you lowered the feed dogs if they don't lower tape a business card over them

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    I was having nests, too. I found it helped to not only make sure the needle was ready, but to hand-tighten the top thread before starting again. This does get boring to keep repeating, but it did help! Good luck, and keep at it! :) The practice sandwich is a good idea. :)

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    What type of foot are you using? I usually use the open toe round quilting foot but maybe you need the bigger foot to hold the fabric in place. They also make a quilting need that has a spring on it to help hold fabric in place. Also, make sure you are using a sharp (not universal point) needle. I tend to use a needle in a larger size like a size 16 jeans needle or a needle marked as a quilting needle. These tend to have a sharper point and a larger eye and groove to allow the thread to pass through any layers. The needle can be a size 12 as long as it says sharp not universal. The universal needles are more rounded on the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    if the nesting is sporatic, it's possible that your thread is not feeding smoothly. perhaps a thread net over the spool would help.
    What is a "thread net"? Yolanda

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    I had that problem with my first quilt and I took it to the LQS and they looked and it and told me I was using the wrong needle. I changed the needle to a 90/14 topstitch needle and it was much better, the rest they told me was just going to take practice with stitch length and speed. It is getting better with each quilt I do.

    Good luck

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    I was that other person with the same issue. I received lots of great suggestions at this link:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-157052-1.htm

    However, it didn't solve my problem with my BabyLock. I switched to my Janome and have had great success. But I had to set the machine to a slower speed and move slowly and smoothly (apparently jerky movements create some of the loopies.)

    Good luck.

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    [quote=thepolyparrot]Are you sure you're putting the presser foot down? (I miss this occasionally and this is the symptom I get)[/quo

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    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! to whoever posted the original question and all of those kind enough to reply.
    ...and I thought I knew my machine upside down, inside out, and every which way!!!

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    Is there a dealer close by that you could consult for help?

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    Search FMQ on this board. There is some awesome advise here that helped me overcome the exact frustration you are having. I have a different machine than yours, but I can tell you this ... If the thread loops on the bottom, your top tension needs to be increased. If the thread loops on top, your top tension needs to be decreased. Very seldom do you need to adjust your bobbin tension. Use the same thread in top and bobbin. Do not use cheap thread. Use a brand new needle. Look for lint in and around your bobbin case. Make a sandwich of exactly the same quilt fabrics and practice! You'll get it and it's SO WORTH THE EFFORT! Don't forget to breathe!

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    Did you pull your bobbin thread to the top and stitch in place, nests get created if you don't do this. Might help to take a class so your instructor can help you specifically with your machine. It's hard to say what you are doing wrong without watching you. You could be moving too slow, moving too fast, etc.......

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    [quote=Nanasrcool]I am new to quilting. I finished my quilt top and it turned out great. I wanted to do some freemotion stippling on the outer perimeter and watched video after video and even read a few books. I started practicing. EVERY time the same thing. The top thread ends up with a huge nest on the underside of the quilt. Even at best I have a large loose loop of the top thread on the bottom. I have adjusted the tension in small amounts from +3 to -3 and NOTHING has helped. I have left the feed dogs up (have a supreme slider in place so it wont move the fabric) because one instructor said this might help and it made no difference. I have a singer 7426. Does anyone else this model or a singer that can help me shed some light on a solution here. There is no way to adjust anything on here but thread tension, stitch length


    Always set your stitch length to "0". Your machine is putting out too much thread for each stitch. Once you set your stitch to 0 recheck your tension. But if you forget to lower you pressure foot that too will mess up your stitches big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker
    Rethread your whole machine and see if that helps. Sometimes the problem is so obvious, but yet hidden.
    When you rethread your machine make sure that the presser foot is up. If it down the thread will not seat correctly in the tension wheels so the machine will not sew right. A check for this is to put the presser foot down after you have rethreaded and gently pull the thread. The needle should bend slightly. If it does then the threrad in is the tension wheels correctly. If not it is not so rethread the machine.

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    Saw your nearly-finished photo. The project is wonderful. You are off to a good start.
    I'm so glad you were helped by the quilters on this board. Everyone is so kind and if one thing doesn't work, another usually does.
    As for FMQ....when I started out someone told me to sing or hum Camptown Races while I quilted. It helped with the movement of quilt and needle. The needle has to move faster than the quilt itself.
    Good luck and keep practicing.

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