Freemotion - Looping Thread

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Freemotion - Looping Thread

Postby sapphirerayne » October 11th, 2017, 2:19 pm

First time quilting. I know that I can do some straight lines on my quilt sandwich to put it all together, but I found a really cute freemotion design I wanted to try. I've been practicing on a scrap piece that I sandwiched together. If I make super tiny stitches, it seems to come together fine, but if I try to make longer stitches or even slow it down a bit (which I can only control with my foot pedal on my machine) I notice that the bottom thread makes giant loops. The stitches are loose and messy.

As far as I can tell, there's nothing on my machine that allows me to control the bobbin tension. Any advice?
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Re: Freemotion - Looping Thread

Postby nonie » October 11th, 2017, 3:27 pm

As strange as it seems, usually the bottom thread messing up is being caused by the top thread. Have you dropped your feed dogs? I will search for an answer.
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Re: Freemotion - Looping Thread

Postby sapphirerayne » October 11th, 2017, 8:27 pm

I actually can't drop my feed dogs on this machine. I did install my darning plate, though.
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Re: Freemotion - Looping Thread

Postby angelalee511 » October 12th, 2017, 3:11 am

The first thing I do is remove all the thread both bobbin and top and rethread everything. Make sure there is no lint or extra tiny threads in the bobbin case. My bobbin tension on my old machine was on the bobbin case. But I was warned not to mess with the bobbin tension because like Nonie said it is usually the top thread.
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Re: Freemotion - Looping Thread

Postby Karens Krafts » October 12th, 2017, 5:26 am

Ditto above. Rethread everything, and clean out bobbin area.
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Re: Freemotion - Looping Thread

Postby KarenVA » October 12th, 2017, 7:22 am

Maybe this article by Leah Day might help, too:

http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/ ... speed.html
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Re: Freemotion - Looping Thread

Postby nonie » October 12th, 2017, 9:03 am

Karen, great link, I was looking for it. I have her book but have not played with free motion very much.
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Re: Freemotion - Looping Thread

Postby sapphirerayne » October 13th, 2017, 5:57 pm

so I'm hearing that I just need to keep practicing. LOL
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Re: Freemotion - Looping Thread

Postby Rosieq » October 13th, 2017, 6:25 pm

Karen! Thank you for sharing that piece of information.

I've always know that one needs to practice practice...but never had that explanation and would always quit the practice and clean clean clean!!! And, the cleaning effort didn't help. Now we know!
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Re: Freemotion - Looping Thread

Postby nonie » October 14th, 2017, 4:40 pm

From what I have been able to learn about free motion is--practice, practice, practice. The loops form below because you are moving the fabric to fast, it calls for fast speed, slow hands. this is something I was to learn :D
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