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Difficulty sewing quilt blocks

When sewing two layers of material with batting between, my machine seems to push the top layer of material ahead of the bottom layer. I've tried adjusting the tension, width and stitch length and I can't seem to fix the problem. Thanks for any help.

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Try using a "walking foot" presser foot. It has feed dogs on the top to help all the layers go through evenly. A generic brand usually fits most all machines. :)

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This is because the feed dogs grab and carry the bottom layer, the top layers glide along.  There are several solutions. #1  pinning, pinning, more pinning #2 support the layers by holding the piece in front of the machine with one hand and behind the machine with the other hand.  if you're left handed and try to do this, bless your heart, it's tough #3 use a walking foot or a roller foot or an even feed, depending on your machine #4 it is possible to reduce the tension on the presser foot while you work on this piece.  just remember to put it back before you start to sew on the next project!
there are more tricks but this should get you started.  Happy Stitching!

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When stitching together a quilt sandwich, it is recommended to use a walking foot on your machine. The walking foot moves the upper fabric in conjunction with the feed dogs. Sometimes, if the quilt sandwich is not too thick, a roller foot can also help but may not be sufficient for a quilt sandwich.
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You may also check the presser foot pressure on your machine. This regulates the amount of pressure the presser foot applies to the fabric and the feed dogs. If the pressure is too strong, it will tend to push the upper layers of fabric, creating a bubble look. If the pressure is too loose, there is not enough pressure for the feed dogs to physically pull entire quilt sandwich under the presser foot.
(The pressure is adjustable depending on the types of fabric and thicknesses being sewn.)
http://www.sewdaily.com/how-to-sew/sewing-machine-basics/the-best-kept-secret-on-your-sewing-machine

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I find that women in sewing shops just love to talk about problems and how they can help so find a shop and discuss any problems with them

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