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Stitch problems I'm making a simple quilt. The material will not feed evenly with the batting in the middle. Another problem is the reverse stitch will not stitch properly. The stitches are lumpy. My Janome machine is new. Could the factory settings be wrong. I have sewn for years on other machines. First time on this machine and I can't get stitches even. Thanks, Linda

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You can adjust the pressure foot(not footpedal)which puts the prsure on the foot by the needle. Also try altering the stitch length. If the stitches are skipping on silky fabric or knitted fabrics try using tissue and sewing onto that directly then tearing it off afterwards.

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