To those that have been commenting on the stitching problem I was having. I have a Janome Jem Platinum 720. The walking foot is working correctly – the bar is where it should be. I have a start/stop button that I use — not a foot peddle so the speed is the same all the time – I have it set at medium. I checked the feed dogs they are as they should be. Nothing has been getting caught up around or behind the walking foot – I take the pins out well before I get to an area. The quilt was well supported with a side table and the ironing board behind the table to hold the bulk of the quilt. In front of the machine I keep the quilt held loosely. I am not pulling nor pushing the quilt but letting the walking foot do its job. When I do stop I do so with the needle in the down position.
I feel this is a tension issue as I have tried just putting two pieces of fabric together with no batting and it stitches much better – not perfect but better. I am not one for going at a machine until I get it purring – it frustrates me beyond believe at times and it is easier for me to just put it away and get my hand quilting supplies out!
In fact it is now in the hoop and the first block is almost completed! happy days here again. Another line of quilting might get put in here around these squares, but I’m not sure – we will see!
Thanks for all the help. And yes I probably need to take a sewing machine class sometime – I actually have never done that (well since high school that is) and it probably wouldn’t hurt – but would I have the patience for it LOL I know some of you do not have patience for hand quilting – well I’m the opposite – I guess it takes all kinds of us to get a quilt done doesn’t it?
EDITED: at 1:48 PM — the Janome store I bought from went out of business several years ago or more. The closest that I know of is in Fort Smith about 85 miles from me at least – it is not high on my list of things to do right now – in the meantime I will ask around and see if there is anything closer to my area.