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Queen of the Savages
« on: January 03, 2007 06:45:11 PM »

Sorry about the awful picture quality- I scanned it. I was attempting to do some freehand machine embroidery. And got this:


However, the back:



YIKES!
It's terrifying.
And the stitches are skipped. It's messy and bad.
Could anyone help me with this.
I have a Kenmore machine, about 20 years old...


EDIT: I was inspired by this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=141127.0

And I forgot to mention: the second picture is inverted strange. I meant to flip it from upside down in photo editor, but instead did a horizontal mirror image thing.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2007 06:47:48 PM »

When my stitches looked like that, my bobbin was in the wrong way...that might do it.
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Queen of the Savages
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2007 06:49:10 PM »

Hmm that could be. I never check clockwise/counterclockwise thing.

I just put it in how I think it should be...

THANKS!!


EDIT: Also, could it have anything to do with not using a presser foot?
I had it in a hoop...
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2007 06:51:00 PM »

Hmm that could be. I never check clockwise/counterclockwise thing.

I just put it in how I think it should be...

THANKS!!
Hope that's all it was...I'm a total sewing noob, but I am figuring it out all by myself, which causes errors along the way.
I'm gonna feel swell if I actually helped someone else out with a sewing problem!
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2007 06:54:23 PM »

I think you did. I feel pretty silly though.

I googled how to insert bobbins into a case, and it was the opposite of what I have ALWAYS done.

Oopsies.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2007 06:56:58 PM »

I think you did. I feel pretty silly though.

I googled how to insert bobbins into a case, and it was the opposite of what I have ALWAYS done.

Oopsies.
I sewed a whole shirt like that, cause I didn't know how to fix it and was too stubborn to quit 'til someone could help me!  My machine does it counterclockwise... .but it's a new one.
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2007 07:16:22 PM »

Personally I think it looks really cool that way...kind of artsy. I've only ever hand-embroidered though, so sorry I can't be of any help!
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2007 08:39:27 PM »

Personally I think it looks really cool that way...kind of artsy. I've only ever hand-embroidered though, so sorry I can't be of any help!
The artsyness is cool, til you realize that if the thread isn't catching on the back, one tug will pretty much pull the whole thing apart... Good for wallhangings, maybe, but not on anything you would wear or wash...
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2007 09:02:18 PM »

Yeah, I like the front okay. It's the back.



I tried changing the way I put in the bobbin, and it did the same thing. Now I have no idea which way is right to put in a bobbin, and I am extremely frustrated. Machine Embroidery seems so fun, but it has to WORK!

The problem is that the thread keeps getting tangled on the part surrounding the bobbin case. I still need help.  Embarrassed
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2007 10:53:05 PM »

The most common cause of that looping on the bottom in free motion machine embroidery is not putting the presser foot lever in the down position.  (which means the upper tension function is not engaged) 

Whether you are using a darning foot, embroidery foot, or no foot - it is easy to forget to put the lever in the down position.

google free motion machine embroidery to find more info
here is one info sheet http://cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_c/C-213.html

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