I am trying to sew in free motion, but the bobbin is not feeding problem and I have loose stitches and drag. I have adjusted tensions but this does not seem to improve the problem.
Turn your machine off, then turn it on again to re-set everything back to "normal". Now, go into the SET menu (second page, I think) and turn on Q-Sensor Foot and Free Motion. Go back to the Menu and choose the V Menu, Stitch 1. Lower your feed dogs (personally, I don't do this but all instructions always say to do it). Make sure your upper thread and your bobbin thread are a similar thickness i.e. don't use a 35wt top thread and regular sewing thread in the bobbin - it will be too hard to get a balanced stitch with this combination. Use a new sharp needle that has an eye big enough for your chosen thread. When you load the bobbin, be sure to feel and hear the thread "click" into the tension slot. Use one of the free motion feet - my favourite is the spring loaded metal horseshoe shaped one, but there are several and they will all work. (If you are not using the spring loaded nor the Q foot, go back and turn Q Sensor Foot off in the Set menu.) Make sure ALL the weight of your quilt is supported on your table - any tiny bit hanging over the edge will create drag and make it much harder for you to free motion quilt. Most free motion instructions say to lay your hands on the quilt and glide it around. That has never worked for me. I grab the quilt either side of the bit under the needle and steer it that way. So long as the quilt is well basted, it won't cause puckering. Now, the hardest bit - relax! Remember you are only ever quilting a pot holder - the 6" or so square bit that is actually under the needle. Do that little pot holder and move the quilt and your hands on to the next bit. Sure you may come back to an unfinished bit in order to complete your design, but you are only ever focussing on that small area at the needle. Try to watch where you are going, not where you are presently sewing. Believe me, it works!
If you are still having tension issues, you may need to adjust either the top or the bobbin tension. Do this in small increments only and make a note of where you started from. I try not to alter my bobbin because it has been set by my technician at the best place for regular sewing and embroidery, therefore I have a spare bobbin case that I can fiddle with to my heart's content. If you are going to do a lot of FM quilting this is a very worthwhile investment. Most recently I quilted with King Tut 40wt in the top, Signature 40wt in the bobbin. I had my machine set as above, the bobbin tension was a LITTLE lighter than "normal" and it sewed perfectly. You also need the needle down turned on. Good luck!
Sep 22, 2010 |
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