I'm using my MC9000 to sew home decor items (lined drapes, demin/upholstery weight placemats, tree skirt with upholstery weight fabric, lining and interlining, etc.). When sewing, especially through multiple layers of fabric/lining, I am having trouble with the top layer(s) of fabric apparently not feeding at the same pace as the lower layers. My seams end up a mess. If I want the two pieces of fabric to start and end together, then I have to put tiny folds into the top layers. Yuck!
I have had the same problems with my TB30, and on that machine, it also happens even with lighter weight fabrics and fewer layers.
What am I doing wrong? Should I try the walking foot? Do I need to adjust the tension? Do I need a heavy duty or upholstery machine instead? Appreciate any tips.
I've had a similar problem making placemats and potholders, where the top layer slid toward me while the middle and bottom layers feed away from as they were stitched.
I installed the walking foot and the problem went away.
Jefferson City, Missouri, USA. Janome MC11K SE, Janome 7700QCP, Bernina 900, 1260, 830E, Bernina 1150MDA serger, Singer 66 Red Eye Treadle, 15-91, 221k, 301a, Pfaff 7570, and Viking 1+.
Ibdeb: Thanks so much! The walking foot (once I figured out how to install it properly) worked! I'm brand new to this and feel like a real idiot sometimes. Thanks so much for sharing your experience! I'm learning.... and this is fun! :-)