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Topic: Keeping the backing from bunching when quilting on a regular machine?  (Read 1797 times)
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« on: August 24, 2009 05:35:40 PM »

Any suggestions?  I've made a few baby quilts and a queen size quilt, and while I thought I had them pinned tight, after rolling and moving them to fit on my regular sewing machine, THere always seems to be parts of the back that bunch, fold, whatever.  What am I doing wrong?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2009 09:08:04 PM »

When I had that problem, I switched to thread basting. I just found that it works better to hold the layers together for me - Sorry I can't be more help.

Edited to add: I also find that it bunches a LOT more with polyester batting than it does with the Warm & ... brands. they act almost like felt, holding onto the fabric.
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2009 09:10:01 PM »

same thing has been happening to me.  not sure of a solution.  are you using a walking foot? they're supposed to do a better job of pulling all three layers through at the same rate (i've only got a regular foot).  it helps if you start in the middle and quilt outwards--that way, at least the bunching gets sort of spread towards the edges.  it's worked out ok, and when i'm done, the few really bad bunchy spots, i'm just going to cover with a "decorative" applique.

good luck finding a solution.

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009 09:53:04 AM »

How you put your quilt sandwich together makes a big difference in the bunching in the back.  I find the following technique works well:
1) Stretch your backing taut on a flat surface (table, clean floor. . .) and tape it down with wide masking tape - some people also use wide binder clips;
2) Lay your batting on top of your backing, smoothing it out - you may want to tape/clip the batting down too.
3) Lay your quilt on top of the batting, smooth it out, and clip/tape it as you like.
4) Pin or thread baste your quilt.
5) I thread baste around the edge of my quilts at this point.
6) Remove the masking tape/binder clips.

Good luck - some quilt shops let you borrow their tables, which is good when dealing with big quilts.

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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2009 11:26:26 AM »

I spray and pin baste using quilters safety pins.  Then roll and re-roll as needed. Don't let it bunch, roll or fold.  Work from the center out.  Check the back frequently.  Use a walking foot if it's appropriate for the type of quilting you are doing - it mostly straight lines.

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