I have been trying to machine quilt the jelly roll quilt i made last january……. since monday of last week…….I have been having issues…… can you tell LOL I am quilting it with kind of a meandering swirl, loop thing!! the strips run horizontal across the quilt and i decided to do each strip individually with overlaps on the strips on each side. Every thing went along pretty well the first few nights, but wasn’t getting much done. I am slow and at the time didnt have a good setup for machine quilting. the usual stitch length issues that beginners have, the odd skipped stitch ( annoying) and then thursday evening my needle seemed dull so i changed it. Yeah! nothing has worked since !!!! If the bobbin thread got picked up by the top at all it would only be for a few stitches and then a giant skip would occur Grrrrrrrr!! I can handle a couple of longer stitches here and there but these were like an inch!!! so i tried many different sizes of needles, checked the internet machine quilting info for tips , nothing seemed to work. i finally found a needle the same as the one i had changed out a Janome 11 blue tip. Then it would sew along seemingly fine for a few inches and BAM! another giant miss!! the top thread would break at the needle too which is a giant PITA! friday night same things going on, I had so many thread tails from my starts and stops it sure wasnt pretty!
saturday i cleaned up my sewing room and setup a larger table area for machine quilting YAAAY! it still needs to be tweaked a bit but soooooo much better, the quilt moves so much easier. i finally tried again yesterday afternoon and decided to change my thread. the tips i read on the internet suggest needles, thread and tension are the biggest culprits in the type of issues i was having. I didnt want to change brand of thread in the middle but i wasnt getting very far. I had been using Gutermans 50 thread and switched to Aurofil 50 and BAM!! problem solved!!! Not one skipped stitch. I was off to the races and got more done in an hour or two than all the previous days combined. Its amazing what you can do when you are not stopping and starting, rethreading etc . I only have about 10 strips left to quilt ( this evening) all the thread tails have been hidden in the middle of the quilt and i cant wait to be done with this sucker LOL I did find a quilting board where some people were having the same issues with the same thread so thats what made decide to try changing it. I dont know if it is the combination of fabric, batting , maybe machine etc that caused problems . but clearly i am not the only one who has had issues with it. I will try it again on a different project and see what happens before i give up , mainly cause i am somewhat stubborn 🙂 so looking forward to finishing the quilting on this one, and maybe doing a baby quilt before taking down my machine quilting setup ( more on that another day) and getting back to some piecing for a while.
5 days and i am on holidays for2 weeks!!!! yaaaaaaaaaay! i so need a break from work!
cheers for now, its gonna be another Blue Blazer here today!