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tokolosh
« on: February 26, 2009 05:45:50 AM »

I normally hand quilt, or restrict myself to quilting in straight lines.  But I was inspired by some machine quilting vids on yourtube, and decided to try out a 1-2-3 pattern....

I basted my quilt well, with no creases or tucks anywhere, and managed really well with the machine quilting.  Yet when I turn over the quilt, there are quite a few creases sewn in. 

Any ideas onb how I could prevent this in the future, as I am now a little in love with machine quilting!
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Buckleigh
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2009 08:44:15 AM »

not from personal experience, but I think I've read using a walking feed dog will help with that.  The only quilt that I've machine quilted had a few of those puckers, didn't use a walking feed dog attatchment.  Its something that I'm looking at buying but still prefering to hand quilt.


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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009 01:25:45 PM »

You need to PIN PIN PIN!  Keeps things from shifting.  And if there *is* a crease, they are usually minimal. 
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mishalouise
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2009 02:12:43 PM »

As Buckleigh said a walking foot should solve that problem (it will keep the bottom and top fabrics moving at the same time/speed).  If you're already using a walking foot, then more pinning would probably help too - ugh.. I don't enjoy the pinning so much.
Good luck.
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anaximander
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2009 05:25:44 PM »

one - baste tighter. If fyou've been doing it every 8 inches, try 6, it'll reduce the play of the backing. I fyou don't want to use a walking foot, you HAVe to baste tighter than usual, and if it's a persistent problem, I'd say to get fusible batting and have done Wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2009 06:17:09 PM »

Don't worry about the creases.  You will get better as you do more but even professionals still have those pesky creases as evidenced by what I saw at Quilt Festival.  If the crease is not big enough to catch a toe in, it is not worth bothering with. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2009 06:44:38 PM »

When I freemotioned a crib quilt, I had a few puckers, but nothing that noticeable.  I pinned it really tightly (pins about a fist width apart, as instructed by a teacher I had) and kept it rolled up to quilt sections.  I also started from t he center and moved out, so if weirdness developed it would go to the edges and hopefully be hidden by binding or cut off.
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2009 08:04:48 AM »

Another good option is using quilt baste spray. I prefer Sullivans brand.
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2009 11:34:35 AM »

I've had zero luck with basting spray.  I like to hang mine over the shower curtain to pin.
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