Running into problems already – seems every time I finally decide to try machine quilting I run into problems!
I got it all pin basted just as I do when I hand quilt. Ok well that is a photo of the pins dumped out
I had stitched about 6 inches of a length of the row and went back and looked at my stitches to check and see how it was going – started out ok and then the stitches got really tiny – I took all the stitches out and did a practice sandwich once again checking out the tension (same weight of fabric and batting) – did a minor adjustment and it seemed fine so I went back and started over again.
It all seemed find so I kept on going – should have stopped to check! about half way through it would go back to a tiny stitch then normal, then tiny ect. I ended up taking the whole row of stitches out. Did a practice piece again and this is what was happening. See where I am pointing to with the seam ripper – tiny stitches – then normal size at the 3.0 setting. I have tried adjusting the tension and it works for a little bit then keeps going back to this. I have a Janome Jem Platinum 720 machine – tension is set at about 3 1/2. I go back and forth with it between 3 and 4 and it keeps going back to stitching like this. I have the quilt supported – it is not hanging having weight pulled on it. Any ideas?
On the quilt – more than this little space I show here — it looked like a straight line of thread with no stitches if you know what I mean – and the thread was not just sitting on top – I tried to tug the thread out so I didn’t have to use the seam ripper and it would not budge – the threads were connected I had to use the seam ripper the whole way to get that row of stitches out.
It certainly didn’t look good to me and I took it all out. This is why I always end up back to hand quilting – other than I love the look of hand quilting that is. I always have problems with the machine – I am not a machine person!! It is noisy and not relaxing – if I can’t find an easy fix to this I will hand quilt it – I have no patience with sewing machines!
Hand quilting is so darn easy – thread the needle and get busy stitching – I could have had the entire area of the hoop finished already and moved on to the second.