Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Some issues I had while quilting...

Thanks to Hawthorne Threads (they have quickly become my favorite online fabric shop!) and their fantastic fast shipping, I finished the triangle quilt yesterday!  Unfortunately it didn't come out of the dyer until it was too late for a photoshoot, so I will share those photos tomorrow I hope.

Until then I thought I'd share some of the little details of this quilt.  The first is more about my machine.  I have had a Janome MC 6500 for about two years now, and have had the same issue on and off since shortly after I got it.  The problem is when I'm free motion quilting and the top thread periodically gets caught on the (lowered) feed dogs.  This brings my quilting to a screeching halt, until I break or cut the thread.  For record, I have tried quilting with the feed dogs up, but my machine (and the tension controls) did not like it at all.

Once it's free of the feed dogs, I guess I have two options, 1) remove quilt from machine, remove stitches, start again or 2) keep going, leaving behind two 1/2 inch tails on the back (which I trim) and some crazy stitches.  About 99% of the time I just keep going.  On one baby quilt (that I still have, unused), it happened all.the.time.  It was awful!  On this quilt, it only happened on the feathered border.

I think what I really need to do is take my machine in and try to duplicate the issue with there.  Have any other Janome users encountered such an issue?  I wonder if it is just my machine...

While quilting the last of the feathers, they got a little out of control and I ended up with this:

A weird center feather and then some tiny awkward ones, and above that I crossed over my own stitching line.

I tired to stay at least 1/4 inch away from the edge of the quilt to account for the binding.  But after trimming, squaring up and binding the quilt, quite a few of the feathers got cut off.  Bummer.  Next time I leave 1/2 margin!

The binding (on the right) is Salt Water, Tortoise Shell in Coral.

Anyway, I'm glad to have it bound and washed!  I can't wait to share it tomorrow.  And I'm excited to start quilting my scrappy lone star quilt, and already have two more quilts waiting in the wings to be started.  


  1. I don't have a Janome but hopefully they can help you with this problem. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. I have the Janome 6600 and don't have this issue. Why don't you tape some of that slick silicon over the feed dogs? I'm not sure of the correct name for the silicon, but it's used by quilters who tape a large piece of it over the entire bed of the machine and it helps make the material slide easier as you move it while doing the FMQ. Might be called "super slide" and I saw it listed on Nancy's Notions. Also, when I FMQ on my Janome I adjust my top tension (righty/tighty-lefty/loosey) tighter than when straight sewing. (Just remember to adjust it back when you're through!) Good luck!