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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!  Smile happy days here again.  Another line of quilting might get put in here around these squares, but I’m not sure – we will see!

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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.

8 comments… add one

  • Pat Dec 4, 2012

    I’m curious, have you considered taking it in to the shop to find out what the problem is?

    Pat

  • Karen Dec 4, 2012

    Pat the closest place I know of is at 85 miles from me and I’m not running there right now for sure – too many things that I am busy with right now.

  • Heather Dec 4, 2012

    Hey Karen, I know the only closest place to take your machine is 85 miles away. But from what you are saying and explaining it sounds like it needs to be taken in and fixed or cleaned. Its not just happening with only the quilt sandwich but when you try and do normal sewing. Something has gotten off track, if you know what I mean. So maybe call the place and see if you can just walk in and drop it off or if you have to have an appointment. Then you can figure out how best when and how to get it there. Typically you should take your machine in once every couple of years and have it professionally cleaned and tuned up.

  • Pip Dec 4, 2012

    I have noticed with my machine ( Janome Horizon) it will sometimes do small stitches when it comes to a more bulky part of the quilt (like where there are several seams together) with my machine there is the option of changing the foot pressure on top or underneath but I don’t think your machine does that.

    The other thing that I get small stitches from is when the quilt bunches up a little once it has been quilted and it seems to get caught under a lever at the back of the machine, it doesn’t happen with my other Janome as it has a different walking foot.

    You seem to have solved your problem nicely by going back to what you know best – hand quilting, it looks very nice too.
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  • Kim Dec 4, 2012

    I think you made a great choice to hand quilt it. That is what I would do also lol. Hand work is so much more relaxing. Even when I have to work till my fingers are sore to finish something up lol.
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  • Mary L Dec 4, 2012

    I haven’t read all the suggestions so maybe this has already been asked and answered…but have you adjusted the pressure on the presser foot? You should be able to adjust that and depending on the thickness of what you are sewing, that can make a difference in the way the fabric moves.
    On my Juki it is a knob on the very top of the machine on the le
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  • Mary L Dec 4, 2012

    I haven’t read all the suggestions so maybe this has already been asked and answered…but have you adjusted the pressure on the presser foot? You should be able to adjust that and depending on the thickness of what you are sewing, that can make a difference in the way the fabric moves.
    On my Juki it is a knob on the very top of the machine on the left side.
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  • Penny Dec 4, 2012

    Karen, you enjoy handquilting and you do it so beautifully, I would stay with it. I only hope one day I will be able to learn it. As for machines, I get frustrated if a problem arises as I don’t understand them like other women do, that is why I buy top end models and pay the price as they don’t have as many issues. Back in the 80’s when I bought the first Memory Craft, the owner/mechanic who sold it to me said to put one drop of oil on the wick thing under the bobbin case and then one the edge of the bobbin bracket every eight hours of sewing. They tell you there is no need to oil Janomes but he said do it. This machine is nearly thirty years old and still sounds and sews like a new machine, which I think is because I have done what he said as well as had him service it every year or two. Even though he is now in his eighties, when we go home to NSW (12 hour drive) to visit family I take my machine and he still services it for me. I also unscrew the plate and get any fluff out from under the feeddogs and round about regularly. If an issue arises and I do this, (cleaning and oiling) then all is fine again.

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