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Machine quilting on a juki f400
joy8272008
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Date: 1/23/12 7:53 PM

I am working on a quilt as you go project from the book "Crazy Shortcut Quilts". It's worked fantastic until now. I'm joining the quilted blocks on my new Juki f400 (which is supposed to be able to handle many layers of fabric).

Anyway, there are 7 layers of fabric and 1 layer of cotton batting. My machine just can't seem to handle it and I don't want to continue until I know what I should do. I've invested a lot of $ in this quilt.

I've tried 3 different kinds of needles to see if that will help (Schmetz, Organ and Singer) and I've tried sizes 14, 16 and 18. The needle can hardly even get in or out of the fabric, it's very slow but will do it, I'm just afraid it will ruin my machine. Any ideas?

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Date: 1/23/12 8:00 PM

What type of Schmetz/organ needles have you tried. I often used Schmetz jeans size 14 needles for heavy duty quilting.

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Date: 1/23/12 9:56 PM

Lower the presser foot pressure? Are the needles universal or sharps? There is a such thing as a size 20 needle (might be a 21), by Organ. But it seems weird that this machine won't go through 7 layers of quilting cotton and one layer of batting. Very strange.

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Date: 1/23/12 10:20 PM

Well, my husband, who has never sewn, but knows machines suggested I try a smaller sharper needle, so I did. It actually is working! I put in a Schmetz size 11 quilting needle and it's far better than the others. Its still not perfect, but at least it isnt straining to get through the material. I've been quilting for about 10 years, but the needle sizes always confuse me....

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