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Date: 6/19/13 12:43 PM

I'm currently using a walking foot on my Brother sm to quilt and I'm getting some stitches that vary in length - not a lot - it comes from when I'm shifting the quilt around to follow the design.

I turned my speed down to s-l-o-w, thinking that I was "pushing" the machine which gave me the different length stitches. But, I am still seeing a variation in length.

I was thinking that if I increase the presser foot pressure, that might help.

What do you think? Have you ever done this? And did it help?

Sorry for borrowing your brains, but I'm at work and I'd like to see your responses so I can just "get to it" when I get home tonight.

Thanks,

Kippy

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Date: 6/19/13 2:01 PM

I cannot help, but I am also very interested in the answer. I hope someone knows more than us!!

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Date: 6/19/13 2:37 PM

Oh gosh, somebody knows more than us????????? Is this why this board exists?????????

Stay tuned.....................

Kippy

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Date: 6/19/13 2:39 PM

This is a guess as I am not a quilter (yet) but the answer is yes. Anything thicker will feed better with the pressure foot set on heavy. Foot pressure is one of the things I will adjust first if I am having trouble-lighter for knits and thin cottons, heavier for thicker material. Why not try it when you get home and let us know if it helps.

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Date: 6/19/13 3:04 PM

My first thought is that presser foot pressure is not the problem. I think where the stitches are longer its from extra drag on the quilt. Since it seems to happen when you reposition I would look there first.

Maybe others can reposition while the machine is operating, but that doesn't work for me. I have to stop - I have needle down, but if I didn't I would lower the needle so the quilt doesn't shift. The I use my knee lift to raise the foot just enough to shift the quilt around keeping both hands on the quilt. Seems like a lot of stop and start but I get a pretty good rhythm going and the needle-down and knee lift mean my hands don't have to leave the quilt.

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Date: 6/19/13 3:36 PM

The best way to test this is with a mockup of what you are sewing.

Some machines have a lever and some require a coin or screwdriver to make the adjustment.

Down is heavier pressure and up is less pressure, or right is tight (more) and left is loose (less).

There might possibly be some reference in the manual for your sewing machine as to when, why and what the setting for the presser foot pressure should be.

I could have responded earlier if I had not been in the process of digging a ditch to repair a sump pump drainage pipe. Some things take precedence over sewing. I don't always agree with that, but you do what you have to do.

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Date: 6/19/13 4:28 PM

Hope the pump work came out well (get it?).

Thanks to all for the suggestions. I'll report back after experimenting tonight.

Kippy



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Date: 6/19/13 4:33 PM

Got it, except there is no well, just a French Drain. We live in the country and things are a little different than in town.

Test the optional settings and let us know. I have read the wrong pressure can cause uneven stitching.
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Date: 6/19/13 6:36 PM

when I had this problem on one of my quilts it helped significantly to have proper supposrt for my quilt in terms of a flush-with-machine surface and I reduced the presser foot pressure. tell us what works for you.

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Date: 6/19/13 9:34 PM

Soooooooo..........

I increased the presser foot pressure from 3, which is "standard" to 4 and I also took heed of the advice about the "dreaded drag" and made sure none of that was going on and I just finished 4 blocks and all are quilted evenly. Yahoo!! Thanks a heap.

Now, for an unrelated question, for which I turn to the Resident Ant Experts.....

I live in Connecticut and I swear its rained (except for today) every day for the past 2 1/2 weeks. And all of a sudden, I'm having a problem with ants - the little itty bitty black ones. The darn critters are showing up in the family room, the front room, the foyer - not where there's any food.

Is it possible that the ant invasion is caused by all of the darn rain?

Kippy

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