Help! I'm hoping someone can help me out. I finally stopped procrastinating and started quilting my MQ5 this weekend. After pin basting I Stiched in a ditch around each of the 20 blocks with my walking foot... no problem. Then I put on my free motion foot and decided to take it easy on myself (since it's my first big quilt that I've ever done FMQ on ) and just do a roomy stipple on each block. I had cleaned the bobbin area before I started . I practiced on a small sandwich of the same fabric and batting (same thread I had used on the SIAD)... no problem.
Started stippling on the quilt, got through about 1/3 of the first block... funny sound, snagged and broken thread. Frogged it back to a good point and started again... same thing happened.
Ooops, realized feed dogs are up and I forgot my slippery slider. ... That didn't help.
Changed my old topstich 80 needle for a new one. Didn't help.
Changed the upper tension to about 4.5. Didn't help.
Finally after working through 5 blocks this way I finally got a block that the thread didn't break. I had changed to a quilting 90 needle and moved the tension back to automatic. From then on it was every other block that gave me fits. I rethreaded my needle what seems like 100s of times, from the spool on down, replaced the bobbin a couple of times, made sure my needle was in all the way.
At this point I'm pretty frustrated and wonder what else I should try to adjust to keep the thread from breaking as I'm quilting the borders and the sashing. Your suggestions will be well received! Thank you!
Southwest of San Antonio
Not much progress,
As ive been putting together the EPP sampler in the paper piecing group, have just finished block 3 so i will post that on the page tommorrow. As for the others well my Asian fabric one will be coming with me to Norfolk on Friday im there for a week with no internet so it will just be reading quilting and cross stitch oh and visiting the fabric shop, as for my field of diamonds i cant find where i put the fabric im doing it with ive obviously put it somewhere safe.
lots of love
I have the same issue. Like some of the other girls said - the direction is important with my machine. My thread always breaks when the quilt is moving to the right - I've taken to wrestling with the quilt so I don't have to go in that direction!!