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Thread: Uneven stitches with walking foot

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    I just read a hint to use a demin/jean needle 80/20 when machine quilting. It is supposed to be better that the universal needle. I have not tried this yet. Hint came from a site called "www.aliceinstitches.com"

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    How are you basting? Are you using a spray?

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    Just a thought...are you keeping your quilt from dragging. If there is too much weighted drap it will cause your stictches to be uneven. Just ask me how I know this.

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    Just a thought - try replacing your needle. It may have a slight burr on the tip and so it's not catching like it should. Otherwise, try all the previous suggertions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kim_s
    Just wondering if others have this problem? I have 2 machines. An old Viking 6570 and a new Janome AQS. Both have nice and even stitches when piecing but everything goes haywire when I use a walking foot. Both walking feet I bought specific to the machines so they are not generics. I have attempted adjusting the upper thread tension but that doesn't help. Not sure if I want to mess with the bobbin tension...The Viking was serviced about 1 1/2 years ago and the Janome is less than a year old.

    I always sew at the same speed to try and keep the stitches more even. In the past I always did SITD so the stitches were not so visible but now I am doing more freehand designs on the quilt tops so everything shows!

    Anyway, if you have any suggestions or solutions I would be most appreciative.

    Thanks!
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    I have trouble with the walking foot, too. I have a Bernina 440. I was told to remember that it is a "walking" foot, not a "running foot." I have to sew very slowly, or the stitches get very small, no matter what length I set. Given all this, I do like the way the foot keeps the fabric layers moving together.

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    I have an old Viking, 630, and it's funny you mentioned this. Just today, after having my machine for 20 years, I ordered my first walking foot, got the one from Husqvarna.
    I tried it out, and it wasn't even making stitches, just thread lying there. It ended up I needed to loosen the tension on the bobbin. I've never fooled with the bobbin tension before either, but after I turned that little screw, no more problem with stitches.

    When this foot came, it was packed with a little plastic pillow type thing, full of air for shipping. We had fun with it, it looked to me like this came all the way from Sweden. My one dog was sure interested in it, maybe it was air from near where a Swedish dog was!

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    Quilts are works of art, just like paintings. They are not meant to be viewed up close or with a magnifying glass. It is all that noticable when the quilt is on a bed and you are a few steps away? Sounds like maybe we have some of our priorities a bit out of order. By the way, according to Amish legend, only God is perfect. Are we trying to out-do God?

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    that is what was happening to me...............

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    What kind of fabric are you using? I recently was working on flannel, front & back. It pulls hard and may be a problem.

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    I used a scrap, 3 layers, of a cotton fabric, and there was absolutely no pull on the fabric. It was the bobblin tension, canged that, solved the problewm for me

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    I had just had my Bernina serviced and after a while I had trouble with the stitches again. When my daughter came for a visit, she said the thread on my spool was too tight and she put the spool on a thread holder. I have never had the problem again. It really has helped me a great deal. Hope it helps you.

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    I had just had my Bernina serviced and after a while I had trouble with the stitches again. When my daughter came for a visit, she said the thread on my spool was too tight and she put the spool on a thread holder. I have never had the problem again. It really has helped me a great deal. Hope it helps you.

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    Thank you all for your replies. I have a feeling that at times I probably am causing some drag on the quilt and not allowing the feed dogs to do their thing. I do sew very slow when I use the walking foot, but on my Viking I do not have speed control, so I can't always sew as slow as I like. On my Janome I am able to control the speed which is probably why those stitches are a bit more consistent.

    Quote Originally Posted by koko
    I have a Viking machine that has a pressure foot dial and for normal sewing it is supposed to be set at 4. When using the walking foot for quilting it is supposed to be set at 2.5. It makes a world of difference. I also lengthen my stitches just a tad too so I get nice even stitches.
    That's interesting. I have played around with adjusting but not gone so low. I will give this a try. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by RugosaB
    I have an old Viking, 630, and it's funny you mentioned this. Just today, after having my machine for 20 years, I ordered my first walking foot, got the one from Husqvarna.
    I tried it out, and it wasn't even making stitches, just thread lying there. It ended up I needed to loosen the tension on the bobbin. I've never fooled with the bobbin tension before either, but after I turned that little screw, no more problem with stitches.

    When this foot came, it was packed with a little plastic pillow type thing, full of air for shipping. We had fun with it, it looked to me like this came all the way from Sweden. My one dog was sure interested in it, maybe it was air from near where a Swedish dog was!
    Interesting about the bobbin tension. I am just so leery about adjusting it though. Your dog is a little cutie!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kim_s
    Thank you all for your replies. I have a feeling that at times I probably am causing some drag on the quilt and not allowing the feed dogs to do their thing. I do sew very slow when I use the walking foot, but on my Viking I do not have speed control, so I can't always sew as slow as I like. On my Janome I am able to control the speed which is probably why those stitches are a bit more consistent.

    Interesting about the bobbin tension. I am just so leery about adjusting it though. Your dog is a little cutie!!!!

    I don't know why I was leery of it all these years. You just turn a screw and if you don't like it, you turn it back!

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    I have a 40+ year old Elna. After trying the walking foot and trying everything I could think of to make it work, I gave up and went back to my floating foot. (At the time, I was taking a class....even the instructor couldn't get it to work.) Good luck with yours!!!

    Patti

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    Many of my problems were solved when I started using a thread holder instead of putting the thread on the machine. My daughter taught me this.

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    I have also put my cone thread in a large plastic mug behind my machine to hold the thread and it works great.

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