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Thread: What is wrong with my machine??

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    Junior Member sewloved's Avatar
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    Or it might be me... :oops:

    I had to oil my machine. It was running really rough. Felt like I was FMQ with a jackhammer. I oiled as the instruction booklet stated to, including the upper part of the machine and the shuttle racer parts.

    I think I might have thrown off my tension. Or, I'm just going too fast in my curves. The machine runs smoothly and beautifully now. I wish I would have done this 2 or 3 projects ago.

    ETA: This is the BACK of the quilt. Not the front.

    Why is my machine doing this:

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    Since that is the back of the quilt, it looks as if the upper tension is not tight enough. If you have some *unwaxed* dental floss, try flossing between the tension discs in your upper tension. A bit of lint caught in there can cause this type of problem.

    First, though, just try tightening the upper tension by 2 numbers or so and see what happens. It may be that oiling changed the tensioning requirements.

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    Thanks!

    I've had this problem before on one or two curves that I have taken too quickly. But never the entire back of a "quilt". I'm glad I practiced first. :)

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    Thanks!

    I've had this problem before on one or two curves that I have taken too quickly. But never the entire back of a "quilt". I'm glad I practiced first. :)

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    Looks like your tension is off. If the bad stitches show on the bottom, the top tension is off. Re-thread the machine, check that you went through everything right. If the bad stitches show on the top, the bottom tension is messed up. Also change the needle. A dull needle makes a thunking sound as it pierces the fabric.Hope this helps!

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    Now that's nice. I hate it when I turn it over and it's messed up! Puts me in a bad mood.

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    i agree looks like the top tension

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    I was also told that this happens when you turn the corners too fast while FMQing.

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    I would check your bobbin holder parts, I get this if it is not properly cleaned out of odd pieces of threads. Also check your threading of machine and most importantly, are you using the same thread in your bobbin as your top thread, and putting a new needle in doesn't hurt! I never mess about with my tension unless by mistake I have moved it from the norm, so check all of the above and if all else fails test your tensions on a sample quilt piece.

    My quilting teacher always said TNT, Thread; Needle; Tension will solve all quilting problems and she has been proven right 100s of times :-P

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    Maybe just a bent needle too.

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    I've also had that sort of problem when the plastic bobbin I was using did not match my machine. I didn't know some machines used slightly different bobbins that looked 'just like' each other.

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    What a wonderful hint to use unwaxed thread for upper tension. Thank you - I have a Singer 401, and oil and grease faithfully but this idea sure sounds perfect.
    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Since that is the back of the quilt, it looks as if the upper tension is not tight enough. If you have some *unwaxed* dental floss, try flossing between the tension discs in your upper tension. A bit of lint caught in there can cause this type of problem.

    First, though, just try tightening the upper tension by 2 numbers or so and see what happens. It may be that oiling changed the tensioning requirements.

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    Come on :!: Did you get your machine fixed or not :?: :?: :shock:

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    If it only does this on curves then I would say it is from going to fast. I have had the same problem.

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    Make sure the presser foot is down. This happens to me whenever I forget.

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    Mine does this when the bobbin isn't threaded right.

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    I get that problem when I take the curves too fast.

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    Also check to see if your bobbins are wound evenly. :)

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    watching this thread cause I had the same issue when I FMQ my twister table runner. I did all the above metioned tho and it did not change anything. Maybe turning corners to quick is the answer to this one????

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidgety
    watching this thread cause I had the same issue when I FMQ my twister table runner. I did all the above metioned tho and it did not change anything. Maybe turning corners to quick is the answer to this one????
    I would disagree as I do FMQ quite fast it is definitely the setup of the machine, somewhere something is not quite right. I have had it once and I think I had to re-thread my bobbin, but there again it could have been 2 different threads :!:

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    Try rethreading your machine with the presser foot up. I was having the same thing happen and found this was the problem. If you thread the machine with the presser foot down, the thread does not get between the tension discs like it should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    Quote Originally Posted by fidgety
    watching this thread cause I had the same issue when I FMQ my twister table runner. I did all the above metioned tho and it did not change anything. Maybe turning corners to quick is the answer to this one????
    I would disagree as I do FMQ quite fast it is definitely the setup of the machine, somewhere something is not quite right. I have had it once and I think I had to re-thread my bobbin, but there again it could have been 2 different threads :!:
    I was taught by my repair man to wind the bobbin really tightly. I have a Janome 6600P and I wrap the thread twice around the flat circular holder on the top of my machine. Since I have been doing this and making sure my top thread is threaded right I have had no problems. I also agree that the top tension is the culprit.

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