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Date: 3/9/14 9:46 PM

First time FMQ'r, I took a class two years ago and in the last week, decided to finish some projects.

I am pulling the threads up at the start and I tie off - so there's no problem here or with the thread tension.

The problem is with bulky intersections. As soon as I get close or on top of one, I end up with a thread nest on the back. I have 6 that need to be corrected now, and am almost finished with the quilting. Just waiting on some thread to come in.

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Date: 3/10/14 10:55 AM

I wish I knew what to tell you. Maybe someone else can help.

Why do you have heavy intersections? They should mainly be flat, if the seams are pressed to the sides, every other one going in the opposite direction.

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Date: 3/10/14 7:31 PM

It is mostly flat with the seam allowances "locking" but a few got away from me, which is where I'm having the problem.

I popped in a new needle last night and that has helped, but have run out of thread now, so just need that to come in, so I can finish it.

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Date: 3/11/14 9:20 PM

Loti, what type and size of needle are you using? If you are not using a Topstitch needle I highly recommend that needle also I recommend Magic Genie Bobbin Washers they prevent back lashing which may be causing the nests.

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Date: 3/12/14 1:13 AM

I have the Bobbin Washers, I thought they wouldn't work on vertical bobbins. I'll pop one in. I just changed to a topstitch needle and that has worked out a little better, but still waiting for the thread shipment to continue.

I'll let you know how it goes, thanks for replying.

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Date: 3/12/14 11:54 AM

Have you considered flattening the troublesome intersections with a hammer? Honestly, some people find it helps when they get them and can't figure out how they got them in the first place. Weird things happen, sometimes in quilting.

What thread are you using for the FMQ? Some machines simply do not like certain threads for fmq. What tension do you have things set at? What stitch length?

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Date: 3/13/14 1:39 AM

I will have to try the hammer, next.

When I was putting the quilt together, I had the "quilt wall" in a room on the second floor, and was picking up two pieces at a time to run downstairs to stitch (I thought this would be a good plan because I could get my exercise in and quilt at the same go). Before I knew it I had stitched the unintended edges together and in the end some of the seam allowances were not locked as per instructions. Live and learn, it's my first quilt and really, so far it's only 6 thread nests. I have 4.5 more blocks to quilt, then it's on to binding. I think I really just need to work on smaller blocks until I get more comfortable, but the drag on the quilt top is something I am totally unaccustomed to.

The thread is Superior Bottom Line 60wt poly.
The tension is 2
Stitch length is not set the feed dogs are down.

I am quilting on a Singer 15-91, which has been a great little machine. I have a Bernina Artista 730, with a stitch regulator but that was just too alien to me right now. I took a class with the 15-91 and was more comfortable with it.

Tonight I was practicing with some scrap blocks and managed to break the quilting foot. The top piece snapped off. So as soon as the thread comes in I'll have to wait for the new foot I just ordered.

Quilting is eventually more fun isn't it?

Oh, and I had heard that long arm quilters are requesting that the seam allowances be pressed open instead of to one side, which I will try the next go around. At least I won't have to worry about which direction I've pieced it in.

Here is the quilt's progress.




Here is the quilt top on the wall, before the quilting.

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Date: 3/13/14 8:16 AM

Lovely quilt! So you are FMQing on your vintage machine - I need to try that. I have not had thread nests from FMQ over seams but I use my modern machines for FMQ. My vintage Singer needs a tune up before I try it. I wonder if it has something to do with the foot pressure when you get to those seams? Interesting thread.

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Date: 3/13/14 11:13 AM

Your quilt is beautiful. Great job for your first one. I can just see you running up/down those stairs carting quilt blocks! Too funny a picture. What pattern is the fmq design?

Quilt drag is a common problem. Buy a supreme slider mat and it will help a lot!!! You need to puddle the quilt near the needle as well to reduce the dragging. You will find if you can keep the entire quilt at the same height on the table---or do not let any hang off the table, that the drag will be greatly reduced.

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Bernina embroidery module
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Babylock Molly, mechanical
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Date: 3/13/14 11:18 AM

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...Oh, and I had heard that long arm quilters are requesting that the seam allowances be pressed open instead of to one side, which I will try the next go around. At least I won't have to worry about which direction I've pieced it in....

loti, it looks in your photos like your are quilting "stitch in the ditch" (SID). Nothing wrong with pressing seams open, unless you want to SID. If you SID over pressed-open seams there is no fabric to quilt on.

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