Monday, 20 May 2013

Anything Goes Quilt 'n Sew #18 - Thread issues

Today I thought of sharing a picture with you of some free motion quilting I did over the weekend. Everything was going great and when the bobbin ran out, and I took the quilt from my machine to hide the thread tails.  I flipped the quilt over to see if the needle was between the layers and that's when I noticed this,...

back of quilt
I did not have any tension issues at all, so my only guess is that the thread did not wind up properly on the bobbin at a specific spot, maybe the thread was not tightly wound and too loose.  There was of course no sign in the front as I was quilting that something weird just happened at the back.

I have no idea.. maybe you can help me out with the answer?

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Happy quilting.







8 comments:

Karin said...

I think this could be from some fluff in the bobbin...

made by ChrissieD said...

I agree with your theory Marelize about the bobbin thread because there's 2 lines either side of the 'bird's nest' where the tension isn't sitting happyily but everything else is perfect. Looks like it was normal, started to loosen, created the nest, started to tighten, then was normal again. If ever I'm not happy with the evenness in the way a bobbin has wound (there's just something in the look of it or the sound of it as it's winding that gives me the clue) I wind it straight off onto another bobbin - there's nothing but issues with a badly wound bobbin!

Rose Smith said...

So annoying when those birds'nests form, isn't it? I've often wondered if bobbin washers would help, but have never noticed any for domestic machines in the shops.

ipatchandquilt said...

My idea was also the "nests" that appear inside the machine are too blame. If that is not it, please try to reset the computer of the sewing machine to factory settings. It work perfectly with my pucker problems. Good luck!
Esther

QuiltCandy said...

What lovely FMQ and what a shame about the birds nest, very frustrating! I think all the above advice sounds sensible. I hope you get on better with your next sewing session!

Kelly Young said...

I agree about the bobbin winding. I have had that problem if a bobbin isn't wound evenly. If I don't catch it when I wind the bobbin, and I get these little bird's nests on the back, I switch the bobbin immediately. Good luck with it!!

-Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

SIMPLESEW said...

I have been having the same problem and my machine is NEW, Janome, I really believe its the thread the store sold me, Because I changed it and it hasnt happend,,, something else occurred to me . My cutting device, my machine self cuts and one time I broke a needle in it. So, I asked a lady.. That has been quilting all her life, she was Longarming it at the time.. she said " Your machine is saying, " I dont like this Thread" "........

Karen at Fireball said...

I see this every now and then, and it seems to me it's almost always when I'm FMQing on a smaller piece. My working hypothesis is that it's on pieces where I'm not holding the sandwich securely so it can get pulled a little down, sort of through the opening on the plate--where it messes with the tension and creates this weird event.

Not sure if that's it--the idea about the bobbin could be a good explanation. I just saw this yesterday on a long, narrow piece I was quilting for a quilt-as-you-go table runner. I normally never see this.

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