I was free motion quilting and was doing fine. All of a sudden, it kept stopping at mid-stitch and I would get the display of thread not flowing/threaded correctly. i have shut down the machine, re-threaded and cleaned out bobbin area. when i pull on thread from needle and bobbin, tensions seem okay and there is no snag. why does it keep stopping and not wanting to go on? the first 5-6 stitches before it stops completely have good top and bobbin stitch. Please help!
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Re: stopping at midstitch while free motion quilting.
Did you try cleaning the drive area of the machine? you may have a lot of buildup of dust,thread,fabric, etc. that nay be interferring with the mechanical drive. You might have to remove the cover to get to the inside to clean. Use a small computer vac to clean up and a small dry paint brush to clean parts. Or get a professional cleaning.
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Install a brand new sharp needle (embroidery, top stitch, microtex, or universal) of the size that is compatible with the thread weight and fabric.
Drop the feed dogs. If you machine doesn't have the capability, there should be a feed dog cover in your accessory kit that needs to be covered,. This prevents the feed dogs from interfering with your manual maneuvering of the fabric.
Install a darning foot or free motion foot.
Test your stitch and adjust the tension so the threads meet in the middle of the fabric.
Then, it is a matter of practice, practice, practice...
The needle will probably zig-zag, but No the machine generally will not sew sideways unless it is stitching embroidery. To sew sideways, you can use a darning foot or free motion foot, lower the feed dogs, and manually move the fabric sideways as it stitches (see free motion quilting).
To do free motion quilting on most machines, install a darning foot or free motion quilting foot, drop the feed dogs, set the machine to straight stitch. (Because FMQ requires you to manually maneuver the fabric, stitch length is moot.) If your machine has the feature, setting it to Needle Down will also help. When you stop sewing, the needle will stop while penetrating the fabric. This prevents you from accidentally moving the fabric while trying to adjust before sewing again.
You need to drop the feed dogs, install a darning or free motion quilting foot (make sure the presser foot is lowered). Because you will not be using the machine to move the fabric, the stitch length selection is of no importance. Make sure the stitch width is set to zero. You should test FMQ on a scrap quilt sandwich of the same makeup of your project, ie quilt fabric with batting sandwiched between. The upper tension should be set so that both threads meet in the middle of the quilt sandwich. Because it is FMQ, some extra adjustment may be needed.
Once the tension is where you want it, you can practice FMQ until you can move it smoothly in conjunction with the machine speed.
Practicing on a white board with erasable markers is a handy way to learn to move smoothly. The most difficult part of free motion quilting is learning to move the fabric smoothly. Do NOT lack for practice as that is the only way to improve. Those people who make it look simple have been doing it for years!
Ashleigh--Your machine will work satisfactorily ONLY if the presser foot is down. When the presser foot is up, the tension disk is released, therefore, no tension = a big knot of thread.
To free motion quilt, you should drop the feed dogs. Install a darning foot (this foot is shorter in length so when it is lowered, there is a space between the presser foot and needle plate). The space allows the fabric to be moved easily while stitching.
Some sewists will free motion quilt without a presser foot (if they don't have a darning foot), but that is very dangerous as one can easily sew through a finger. However, even when sewing without a presser foot, the presser foot mechanism needs to be lowered in order to properly form stitches.
Hi, Free motion quilting is done with your programmed quilting stitches, Lower the feed dogs using the small white dial on the front of the machine behind the accessory tray, pick from one of the quilting stitches. they do make a free motion quilting tool ( I think they call it a hoop), but it just sets on top the material and helps you guide your material thru the machine. Hope this helps
Hmm, have you installed a brand new needle? Make sure the needle is compatible with the thread and fabric. Sometimes a top stitch or microtex needle will work better for free motion quilting or darning.
I had the same dissatisfaction when I switched from the 1+ to the Designer 1. After some trials I am now happy. You need the springy free motion foot. Part #413 03 76-45. You take off the white shank and screw it on with the metal bar over the needle hook. In the set menu turn the SensorQ on, the free motion on, select stitch 1 from menu V and drop the feed dogs. It also makes a big difference to use the straight stitch throat plate which just has a small hole for the needle to go through. One other hint is that I often have to reduce my needle tension 3 or 4 steps. Hope it works for you.