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Topic Title: Free Motion 6600
Topic Summary: tension problems
Created On: 05/20/2007 10:17 PM
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 05/20/2007 10:17 PM
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denisehyeong

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So glad to have this new forum!

I have a Janome 6600 - I LOVE it . . . but I still haven't been able to get free motion quilting down yet.

If someone would just tell me what thread, needle and tension settings they use - that would be great!

No matter the adjustments I seem to make, the back of my quilt looks awful. The thread tension (and I've tried adjusting every way) on the back is completely loose. The stitches on the top look fine, but on the back the bobbin thread isn't being drawn up at all . . .
thanks
Denise
 05/21/2007 04:02 AM
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Lesley12

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Hi - I too struggled with this until I did the following. I slowed the machine down a bit. I turned the top tension up a bit. I then made sure I slowed down on the corners and made my overall action smoother - and it improved. A glass of wine helps you to relax into the right state of mind! However - I would like also to hear other suggestions
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 05/21/2007 09:42 PM
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Warbler

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I have the 6600 too and thought that it was me and just needed lots of practice. I layered a large, almost bed sized peice of muslin, just for the purpose of teaching my self free motion quilting. the corners or outer edges of the curves are out of wack on the bottom layer but the stitching looks nice on top. I will try your suggestions to see how it works.

My Acufeed has done some wonderful Stitch-in-the-Ditch quilting... I just want to say to others... who needs BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) when you can free motion quilt with a Janome!!!

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Janome MC6600, Bernina 240, Juki MO735 serger, 1948 221-1, 1951 201-2

Edited: 05/21/2007 at 09:44 PM by Warbler
 05/23/2007 06:45 PM
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KF

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Hi,
If your tension is truly horrible on the bottom, the first thought that came to me was to make sure you are using a free motion quilting foot. This is not the same as an embroidery foot. It need to have a spring on it.
The next step would be the thread, it needs to be of the same weight top and bottom. I use Guterman, I've had tension problems with other brands especiallly coats.
Next is a new quilting needle, yes there are needle just for quilting. They are sharp and puncture the batting and two layers of fabric and ensure proper picking up of bobbin thread.
I do udjust the top tension a bit tighter for most projects.
I hope it works out for you - free motion quilting is very cool and it should be possible to not have loose threads on the bottom.
KC
 05/23/2007 08:31 PM
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denisehyeong

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Thanks KC . . . I will give your suggestions a shot!

I do have a free motion foot (came with the machine).

Do you know what tension setting you use?

I know it's practice practice practice too!
 05/25/2007 07:17 AM
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betsy8009

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Hello, Denise!
If you still have looops or very loose thread tension on the bottom of your free-form quilting, check your bobbin case: Get a can of compressed air, blast all of the fuzzies out of it. Also, remove the throat plate and remove all fuzzies there as well. This has helped me lots. Sometimes it's just very basic things that make all of the difference. If these steps don't help, you will probably need to play with the upper tension some. This is where the test swatch sandwich comes into play. And, yes, the machine-quilting needle and the correct foot do make a difference.

Let me know your progress!!

Betsy
 05/25/2007 07:51 AM
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quiltenmama

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Yesterday I finally played with my free motion stitich. I had my tention all the way up to 8 so the back did not have loose stitiches. Yes, it will take pratice to get even stitches I guess. It was fun to play with my machine (Jan) for awhile. Thanks for motivating me.
 07/17/2007 04:13 PM
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delindan

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I experienced the same problem just recently. I tried playing with the tension however I will tell you what helped...I took apart the bobbin case and it had quite a bit of lint in it. In fact, it was pretty packed in there. Once I cleaned it out I had no more problems. Hope that helps.
 09/19/2007 01:17 PM
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tootles

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I had a similar problem with my 6500........I slowed the machine down, used the sme thread top and bottom and learnt to move my hands without jerking, wearing gloves helped and also rolling the quilt so you can get hold of it and use it like a handle. It does take time and you need to practice. I always have a square which I sew on for a few minutes before I put the quilt under the machine, it warms you up......stick with it................
 10/01/2007 09:44 PM
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catsden11

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Hello,
I know I've seen you on the quilting forum with Susan. I just today got my Janome 6600 and look forward to learning more. Right now I'm just experimenting and playing with stitches. I couldn't get my 1/4" foot to work, with the plate, but I"m still trying to learn it. Any tips from anyone would be great!
Cathy
 10/07/2007 07:30 PM
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Timsgirl

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Hi Denise,

Gee, to bad about your trouble with the free motion emb. I use the a good embroidery thread, tension set just slightly before #4 and of course the feed dogs are down.

Hope this helps
 10/23/2007 03:33 PM
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sjspencer

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Have a 6600 too and am just now starting to free motion quilt with it and I found this great group dedicated to just the 6500/6600 and if there's anything you need to know, this group knows it!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Janome6500/

Susan
 10/26/2007 07:21 PM
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Warbler

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I am a member of the Yahoo Janome group too! It's a great resource for MC6600/6500 owners!

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Janome MC6600, Bernina 240, Juki MO735 serger, 1948 221-1, 1951 201-2
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