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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

FMQ Homework Done!


I had a new problem this week. Thread shredding:( I am getting so frustrated.I have been having this problem all week on my Hello Kitty Quilt I am working on. Funny thing is, it only shred on the straight lines, not at all on the stippling. I seriously think that my machine needs serviced.( I had a lot of skipped stitches too this week.)After all, It's only been 20 years. But hubby is laid off and money is tight, so I'm just gonna have to deal a few more weeks until the tax check comes in. You can see 2 places on the front where the thread broke. I didnt worry about burying the threads. Leah said to leave our mistakes, right? In the 2 photos below the first one is the back side. If you look closely you can see a few more places where the thread started to shred, but worked itself out before it broke.

Over all I think I'm doing pretty good. I literally did this micro stippling with my fingertips. I was just gliding along! My straight lines are getting better. I have been FMQing the straight lines on the Hello Kitty quilt. I'm not sure how much time I'm saving since the thread keeps breaking, but I'm getting LOTS of practice with it.

Even though I had many....messed up areas, I went ahead and put binding on this time. When I look at everyone elses examples, I feel like I have been turning in unfinished homework! haha

Here is my question for Leah: Why do you think the thread was shredding on the straight lines and not the stippling? Stitch for stitch, I'm sure I did a lot more stippling than straight lines.

18 comments:

  1. Wow, does that ever look good! Your stippling looks nice and even. Great job. About the thread shedding, what size needle are you using? Maybe you need one with a bigger eye.

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    1. Thanks! I have tried several styles/sizes of needles. That's why its so frustrating.

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  2. Your stippeling looks lovely. I always try to change the needle when the tread breaks. Usually that make a difference. Hugs Jofrid

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    1. Thanks! I have tried changing the needle, but thanks for you input.

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  3. Nice homework! I've never seen thread shredding before. I hope I never do! Anyway, thanks for sharing! Hope you fix the problem.

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    1. I hope you don't either. It's maddening!

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  4. Nice stippling! That happened to me once while trying out rayon thread but like jofridsquilt I re-thread the machine and change the needle. Hope you find the problem.

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    1. thanks! My quilting has good days and bad days :/

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  5. Take a look at my homework for this week and you won't feel yours is unfinished anymore! Funny thing about that thread. I have nothing to add to the suggestions already made. Good luck I hope you find a solution.

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  6. i forgot: your stippling looks great again!

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    1. thanks Dea. And I looked at yours, it looks finished! :)

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  7. I also had some skipped stitches lately. I cleaned out my bobbin case of all the lint and that seemed to have solved the problem. Nice stippling, nevertheless.

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  8. Is it shredding only from the top or only from the bobbin? Let me know and I'll try to figure this out today. Since you've changed your needle multiple times, it can't be the needle. What thread are you using exactly?

    Leah

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  9. Sorry about the thread shredding - I've had lots of problems but never that one. I typically turn off my machine and turn it back on, replace the needle, and rethread the machine - and that solves the problem. I have had to wind a new bobbin and try a different thread. I know it is very frustrating - hope Leah can figure out a solution. Aside from that, your quilting looks amazing! ~jeanne

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  10. Hmm...that must be frustrating with thread shredding. Could it be lint build-up in the threading area or bobbin case?

    By the way, your stippling looks really beautiful! You're are doing great!

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  11. Your stitching looks really nice. Hope you get the machine problems settled soon....

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  12. What a pain the thread-shedding must be, especially as your stippling is so good. Hope you can find the solution.

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