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Thread: It started out being a good day fmq

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    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
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    It started out being a good day fmq

    Decided today on a feather pattern for a 5" border.....drew the middle line and started fmq the feather, doing just one side first.....got first side all done and it looks great .....took a small break to rest the hands, then started the second side.....got it all done, then flipped it over and discovered that the tension changed....must have accidentally moved the dial moving the quilt.....now the bobbin thread is loose, basically laying on on the backside with the top thread visible.....the question now is will washing help pull the bobbin thread through the quilt, or am I gonna have to rip all of the stitching out?.....something I really don't want to do, but will if necessary.........am so frustrated....it was all going so well, some of my best fmq ever....now to discover that it isn't good at all on the backside.

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    Sounds to me like you should fix it. Unless it's for you and doesn't bother you. I would fix it IMHO One thing is, it will be easy to take out since it is loose. Consider it a learning experience. We have all been there.
    Last edited by knlsmith; 01-22-2013 at 12:33 PM.

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    I'm so sorry for you, but I would fix it to.
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    I agree I would rip and fix!

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    Well, the up side is when this happens, it just takes a tug to remove all the stitching. This is really why you want to redo it. Although washng the finished quilt (assuming that you used cotton batting)will draw it up somewhat, it won't be nearly enough to compensate and you will run the risk of your quilting coming loose.
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    I would take it out and fix it too. I don't think washing will help at all.
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    Well I have learned better take it out when you find it. And do it right cause your name is on it. As much as I don't want to take anything out me and the seam ripper is your best friend.

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    I have seen that on a couple of my quilts, caused by the top thread coming out of a space. I took it out and redid it. I don't put my name on my quilts. If I'm not pleased with my quilts, I fix them.
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    I do feel your pain, but I agree with all the others. So sorry.
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    Sorry this happened. I'm like you and can't stand ripping out but unfortunately I believe you need to.
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    I HATE when that happens. You probbably wouldn't be happy with it the way it is. I'd just suck it up and rip it out. I'm so sorry. :-((

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    My rule of FMQ. If things seem to be going really well, look for the problem. It's always there!

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    I would fix it. I wonder if you could pull up on the top thread enough to bring the bottom into the sandwich? Just a thought, and probably wouldn't take as much time as ripping it.
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    I'm so sorry but I'm with the majority. I would go ahead and rip it out. You won't ever be happy with that quilt if you don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knlsmith View Post
    Sounds to me like you should fix it. Unless it's for you and doesn't bother you. I would fix it IMHO One thing is, it will be easy to take out since it is loose. Consider it a learning experience. We have all been there.
    I agree, and it should be easy to pull the bobbin thread out.

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    The good news is after you remove the quilting on the one side, you should be able to follow the original stitching holes to re-do it? Is it a big area? I feel your pain.

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    So sorry about your tension, but it is well worth ripping it out...and it won't be so bad since the threads are loose, and it will be easy to clip here and there and then pull the thread. If you can, take the project off the frame or machine and do the ripping while watching TV. Before you know it, you will be done. Hang in there.

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