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Thread: FMQ? what did i do wrong?

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    Junior Member Leah Stewart's Avatar
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    So, I finally got my machine set right I practiced until it went good. On the right side you can see normal, my thread broke so I had to start again and this is what happened (left side). Is it me or my machine?
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    Are your dog feet down? Or could it be your tension.

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    It may have something to do with the bobbin tension and the speed you are moving the quilt as you FM...

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    It's either your top tension or try re threading the top and make sure it is seated in the disks. That has happened to me alot of times. My problem was it wasn't seated in the top tension disk.

    Hope this helps.

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    long arm or domestic? if longarm for sure tension issue

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    Going a little too fast for the machine setting. Slow down the motion of your movements and you should be good or speed up your machine. :thumbup:

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    Domestic machine. I have to make the top tension super tight to get it to look okay. I will try re threading. I will also try to be a little more conscious of my speed, I thought everything was the same as before my thread broke and apparently something went wrong, LOL. Thanks ladies.

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    Looks like your top tension is too loose because the bobbin thread is eyelashing it like that on your curves. Additionally, moving to fast going through the curves can cause that. Here is a great link to superior threads with a little diagram to help you remember. http://www.superiorthreads.com/educa...bottom-tension

    Unthread your machine and run a knotted thread through the top tension disks to get out any little tiny pieces that may be stuck from your thread break. I read here yesterday a dollar bill will also work (I've always used a length of thread with several knots in it, think of it as dental floss for your tension disks :lol: ) Rethread the machine and do a little test sewing strip of normal sewing. If all looks well give it another shot.

    If all looks well but you get more thread breakage you may need to loosen up your bobbin tension just a tad so you can safely loosen your top tension without getting the eyelashing.

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    I am having the same problem, I figure its the above solutions but I decided to quit for the day and try again tomorrow. I haven't the patients for it today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leah Stewart
    Domestic machine. I have to make the top tension super tight to get it to look okay. I will try re threading. I will also try to be a little more conscious of my speed, I thought everything was the same as before my thread broke and apparently something went wrong, LOL. Thanks ladies.
    OK this answers a lot for me. The super tight top tension will give you headaches with breakage. Take out your bobbin race and try loosening your bobbin tension just a wee bit at a time so you don't have to keep your top tension so tight. That will cause breakage. Your current problem is definitely something caught up in the top tension discs right now but you will continue to have breakage if you have to keep your top tension torqued super tight to get all to look right.

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    If nothing was changed on settings, just rethreaded after thread broke, then I would say the machine did not get threaded right. This has happened to me and usually rethreading cures the problem.

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    It's your machine. Make sure of the tension in your bobbin. And go around curves slowly when you do quilt. But eyelashes that large are mainly the machine.

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    I havve found that when I move the quilt arond to FMQ, I have hit my tension button with the quilt and loosened the tension.
    I now have a sticky not on my machin to remind me to check the tension Frequently.

    Happy Quilting.
    Susan

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    Is that the back of the fabric?

    I just went threw this with my machine, it was a flipping nightmare!!!! My machine would sew fine but when I went to FMQ it would give me this crap on the back!! I found that it was the machine hook timing. Had to take it to two different places to finally get that fixed. I had tried to use a needle that I didn't realize was too long for my machine and it got jammed and that's what threw off my hook timing.
    It sewed fine for a long time and then it started to do it again!! But this time it was my tension take up spring had broken!! When your sewing along fine and then something suddenly happens to the sewing, it's not your fault, it's something mechanical.

    Good luck and let us know!!

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    It is your tension that's causing it, you need to tighten your spool tension. Just try it a little at a time until you get it right. Have fun :lol:

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    Make sure presser foot is down. This will make it do like that every time.

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    Did it happen when the spool was less full? When the spool nears empty, it has to spin faster to release the right amount of thread. Apparently this builds up some kind of static caused by the friction and makes the bobbin misbehave. My Singer 301 FMQs very well, but the bobbin thread will remove itself from the slot it needs to be in when friction builds up. On my last quilt, I just put in a full bobbin when this would happen and saved the emptier ones for piecing. It's not worth arguing with the machine.

    I want to try those little teflon Bobbin Genies. I wonder if my LQS carries them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellabella
    It may have something to do with the bobbin tension and the speed you are moving the quilt as you FM...
    That was my thought too. I was getting eyelashes too until I started moving my quilt slower than the speed my machine was going.

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