Well, last night I had a knock down, drag out fight with Miss Frances. She was really having a problem FMQ. FMQ is why I bought this machine! I am not happy with this machine's attitude!
|Loops and bird's nests on the top!|
|Frayed thread and bird's nest on the bottom!|
So I went back to the beginning and tried to understand what Miss Frances was trying to tell me.
1. I put my feed dogs up (Leah recommends this)
2. I put my stitch length to 0 (the manufacturer doesn't say you need to do this in the sensormatic setting)
3. I put a 'Little Genie Magic Bobbin Washer" in because every time it did this I could hear the bobbin clonk.
4. I tightened my top tension.
5. I have been using a spool stand and spool net - I continued this configuration
She STILL did this! Now I have changed my needle several times, I have been using a 90/14 Schmetz quilting needle.
|Broken needles (a lot of them)!|
That seemed to do the trick and I was able to stitch out the rest of my homework for Leah Day.
The bird's nests were prior to changing the needle. After changing the needle, not a single bobble for the rest of the homework.
I really loved adding to flowing lines, turning it into Goldilocks. I didn't stipple, I did just a simple back and forth to give it a more modern feel.
I was so pleased with my success, I went to stitch on my Expanding Possibilities quilt. And this is what I got!
Leah HELP! What am I doing wrong??? Could the bird's nests, skipped stitches, broken needles be operator error (This mainly happens when I stitch backwards)? Could it be that the bigger quilt is pulling? Should I take the machine in for a check-up? It seems I can get rid of a lot of the problems, but them never really completely go away.
On to other projects:
I finished my library quilt this week. Yippee, skippee! I'm now down to just three WIPs!
Purple heart wall hanging ( needs backing, quilting and binding)
Expanding Possibilities quilt (Continue to quilt)
Storybook quilt # 2 - All embroidery is done
New projects: (0)
Geneva Public Library quilt - done
I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and The Free Motion Quilting Project for QAL Wednesday
Color Me Quilty!