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Free motion I have tried and tried to free motion quilt on my machine. I have changed thread, changed tension and stitch length and width. (feed dogs are dropped and using darning foot) The result is a horrible mess. I have taken the machine to the local quilt store to see if they can help and they are just as confused. I have went to sears (where the machine was purchased) and they don't know either. I have not messed with the bobbin tension, as I am afraid that it will cause harm/problems when sewing.

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  • karen-r Jun 11, 2008

    no, presser foot is down. just double checked again and tried to do a free motion stitch.

  • Anonymous Feb 12, 2009

    I have the free motion foot for the Ellure Baby Lock - the foot does not touch the fabric - will not go down???

  • marianna1 Apr 14, 2009

    I have the same problem. In fact I have encountered virtually all of the problems listed on this site. In this particular case, I have lowered the feed dogs for free motion quilting.....however - the back is a horrible mess and I can't understand why. I have yet to complete a quilt with this machine without encountering numerous problems. The answer may be to move on and buy a Bernina. Frustrated to say the very least.

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If the machine works on regular stitching and only messes up on free motion ,the most likely problem is the presser foot has not been lowered. Get everything ready to sew, lower the presser foot lever and pull on the upper thread near the take up lever. It should have tension on it. Raise the foot and try again, it should not have tension on it . If this is what you get, lower the presser foot lever and try it again.
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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!

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Most free motion feet attach like the other feet.

It is creating "thread nesting" also called birdnesting. Could be several things:
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