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Thread: FMQ Tension

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    FMQ Tension

    These are pictures of my first attempt at FMQ. The first picture is the top and the second is the bottom. While the top looks 'ok', the bottom has little loops. I'm thinking this is a tension problem, but would it be the top or the bobbin?

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    upper tension is too loose. I had the same problem so increase your tension and maybe slow down some.

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    My advice is to slow down. Move the fabric more slowly or slow your stitching speed. I have had exactly the same trouble! See how some stitches are perfect? IMHO it's not a tension problem, good luck

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    Was the tension ok when piecing? Are you using the same thread top/bottom(if they're different it may require a tension adjustment-owners manual will tell you how)? Is the needle correct for the thread size? Are the threads seated in the tension disk/spring?

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    That is called "Eyelashes" and it is typical when your speed of stitching is not in synch with the movement of your hands. This is a very common problem with FMQ. There are tons of youtube videos as well as just articles about how to correct this.

    I believe you are moving the fabric too fast for the machine speed. So either slow your hands down or speed up the machine. It takes a bit to get into the 'groove' of FMQ, where speed of stitch and speed of hands are aligned. not to worry, you will get it. But feel free to google "Eyelashing with Free Motion Quilting" , you should get alot of visual and video results to help.

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    Make up a practice quilt sandwich and make sure the stitching is to your liking. Not bad for a first time.
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    I had that happen to me and my machine was threaded wrong, So I threaded it again and know more problem.

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    Lots of good suggestions for the problem. It certainly takes a lot of practice doesn't it?

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    Slow down as others said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3 View Post
    upper tension is too loose. I had the same problem so increase your tension and maybe slow down some.
    Jamie Wallen on you tube explains tension on a quilt top very well. He is a longarmer but tension in the quilt sandwich is the same. I love to FMQ so I hope you will get things straightened out. I know we don't like to touch our dials but take a deep breath and just do it. Do it slowly, not much of a turn at a time. Your quilting design looks so good so I am hoping you will learn to love it too.

    WeeFi suggested slowing down. We do not have to FMQ running the machine as fast as it can go.

    Oh I hope all works out. I am so thrilled for you that you are doing this. FMQ is just another wonderful outlet for your creativity.
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    Here is an update. I made a sample block this time, rather than just working on a plain piece of fabric. Any better?

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    same thing is happening with me, usually when I am doing a curve, and I am sure it is because I am going too fast. Of course mine is all still in practice mode.
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    When the thread lays straight like that on the bottom means that the tension is too tight. Most of the time you never want to "mess" with bobbin tension but if it's too tight on the bottom that means it's too loose on top-----so you tighten you top tension. Conversely, if the thread "lays" on top then loosen the top tension since it's too tight.
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    I am going to teach myself to FMQ so I can do my own quilting so all of these tips will surely help me out.
    Thanks to everyone that responded even though I did not ask the question. The members on this quilt board are so generous with their help on most anything that is asked. Thanks everyone.
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    I try to remember it this way -

    Poor tension on the TOP it's the BOTTOM that's the problem. (Loosen top tension to match the BOTTOM)

    Poor tension on the BOTTOM it's the TOP that's the problem. (Tighten top tension to match TOP)

    - most tension issues can be resolved from tightening or loosening the top alone.

    Edited to add: Your update pictures look great!! Here's a tip - practice pebbling. It doesn't have to look perfect, don't be afraid to make something ugly. It's the motions you want to practice...to achieve a little muscle memory...and pebbling I find is the fastest way to gain control of your quilt sandwich...allowing you to create more detailed work the next time you quilt.
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    When I first started to FMQ I had so many tension problems I nearly gave up.
    I wish I had this site back then.
    What I did to stop those eyelashes was to
    Buy a second bobbin case that I marked with nail polish that I could adjust and play with.
    I found using a straight stitch foot plate helped.
    Using the correct thread and needle combination also improved things.
    (I still only use the threads my machines like and there was a lots of trial and error here and note taking of what worked and what didn't.)
    Made sure the bobbin was wound and inserted correctly.
    Cleaned and oiled the machine often.
    More recently thanks to Leah Day I use a bobbin geni and supreme slider.
    Then practice practice practice!!!
    A test run always before I work on a quilt just to be sure.....
    because you never know.....
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