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My bobbin thread is showing through on right side of fabric when i machine quilt. What do I do?

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Either your top tension is too tight or the bobbin tension is too loose.

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Brother Sq9185 sewing machine, the thread on bottom just pulls out, when free motion quilting? how do I fix this


Sounds like the upper tension needs to be tightened, or the bobbin thread needs to be loosened. At any rate, the tension is correct when the two threads meet in the middle of the fabric for general sewing.

For free motion quilting, the tension should be adjusted so that the bobbin thread does not show on the top of the fabric, however, it should not lay in a straight line like it sounds like it may appear currently. What you are currently producing is a gathering stitch where the bobbin thread can be easily pulled.

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  2. Always be sure your presser foot is in the DOWN position before sewing. Sewing with the presser foot in the up position will cause your thread to tangle and your bobbin to jam.
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12 wt thread


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Aurifil 12 wt thread is ideal for hand quilting, big stitch hand quilting and machine quilting. 12 weight thread creates a more defined and often primitive look. It's great for designs that use a longer stitch length if using a machine. When machine quilting with 12 wt thread, use 40 wt in the bobbin, increase your stitch length, lower your tension, use Topstitch size 90 needles and stitch slowly."

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Pfaff 4.0 quilt expression pulling bobbin thread up to top of fabric help.


try a new needle
rethread the machine top & bobbin
try adjusting the top tension just a touch to see if that helps
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My kenmore mini ultra is bunhching the tread by the bobbin


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I am learning free motion quilting. I either get the bobbin thread showing on top or when I lower the tension the top thread shows on the bottom. This problem seems to fluctuate also. What am I doing...


Try tightening your bobbin tension a little, and then readjust your top tension again for consistant tension. Also if your not running the machine fast enough while your moving the fabric, you might have you bobbin thread looking like a taught thread on the bottom. Make sure you use a small needle, like a #11 or a #10. The smaller the hole the needle makes, the less of the thread you will see on the opposite side. Especially if you are using contrasting colors.

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Cannot machine quilt without the thread breaking and/or shredding. I've change needle, thread type and size and tension on my fabric.


If the thread is shredding and breaking, there is an incompatibility of your needle, thread, and fabric. Could be old, bargain bin, or poor quality thread--does the thread have little "hairs" of thread lint sticking out of it--that's probably not good quality. Look for fresh, good quality thread. Try a brand new needle--a sharp if you are sewing woven fabric. Make sure the thread is not too big for the needle eye. Sometimes, a top-stitch needle or embroidery needle will work well on FMQ. (A top-stitch needle has a longer scarf which helps protect the thread during the multiple times the needle penetrates the fabric before the thread forms a stitch. Shredding means the thread is getting worn out before it forms a stitch. A piece of thread penetrates the fabric 10-20 times before it forms a stitch.) Could also be a snag somewhere that is damaging the thread.

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Most FMQ instructions say the upper and bobbin tension should be the same, however, I find my machine works a bit better when the bobbin thread is just a little tighter than the upper thread. Then the bobbin thread does not "pop" up on the top of my fabric quite as much. It's probably something you will just need to experiment with in getting used to your machine.

P.S.--when threading your machine, make sure the Presser Foot is ALWAYS RAISED so the top thread will seat properly in the tension disk. Failure to do this will cause thread barfs (usually referred to as thread nests or bird nests) under your fabric. Also, before beginning your FMQ, ALWAYS PULL the bobbin thread to the top of the fabric, then hold both thread tails gently in your left hand while you slowly take the first couple of stitches.

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I'm at a loss.
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