Betty Reyes

Thread catches when stitching front to back

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I am free motion quilting a Log Cabin with Bottom Line on the top and in the bobbin, size 16 APQS needle, 80/20 batting The thread  "catches" about 6 " or so up from the beginning of the outer vertical log when moving the quilt towards me.  Almost always about the same place.  There will be a bit of top thread that has pulled to the back, looped and knotted.  It has not broken .  The tension and stitching seems fine on  the rest of the quilt.   I have rethreaded, new needle, different bobbin, etc. (I have quilted other large quilts with same threads and needle size and batting and am not new to free motion).   I am focusing on matching the machine speed and quilt movement in case that is the problem.  This is a new problem for me.  

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Betty:  You may be pressing down too hard on the quilt "sandwich" and causing a momentary high bobbin tension as you sew toward yourself.  That direction is of course, on of the worst for a lock stitch machine like we all use.  See if being a bit more gentle doesn't help.  Regards.  Jim

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Jim:  I changed my hand positioning/pressure from almost full flat hand to fingertip only.  As well as slowing down a good bit and making sure there was no drag coming from the surrounding quilt areas.  The issue of the top thread looping on the back is much improved if not almost gone!  Since the problem happened almost always on the outer area of the block I was quilting, I now tend to think by then there was some drag created causing me to press harder on the area around the needle as you said.  I knew the problem was me, not good old George.  Thanks so much for your time and input.  Much appreciated!  Betty

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