Sunday, February 21, 2010

Quilting Frustration

Something is wrong with my sewing machine. At least, I think so anyway. At times, free motion quilting has been very frustrating. I've been quilting a bit on a spare piece to get the tension right. Things look okay from the front.

The back is another story. There are huge loops in the bobbin thread. I've never seen this problem referenced in a book. I admit, I haven't read them all, but I really feel like it's the machine. Sometimes if I turn it off and come back later, the problem isn't there, but it's been happening more and more often. Straight stitching is fine. I just don't want to take my machine in to be serviced because I hate the idea of being without it, but I know I should because if it is a problem with the machine, it's not going to go away, and will probably only get worse.

Second point of frustration, or perhaps a lesson for me. I finished one quilt pattern, and threw it on the couch to see how the ikea sheets hold up over heavy use. Most times, the quilt looks like this.
That's all the backing fabric, rather than the pretty quilt side. For a couch quilt in my house, people definitely see the back. I should just make it reversible.

1 comment:

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Well, when I have issues with tension, the first thing I do is clean the crap out of my machine. Does wonders! If you have done that, maybe check to be sure the bobbin is in the correct way (hey! it happens) or replace the needle. Maybe this one is out of alignment? Or maybe you just need to change thread to a different brand because your cotton or batting has changed from the standard?

I don't know what else to suggest as far as "home fix" but wish you luck with getting it resolved soon!