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Topic Title: free motion quilting problems.
Topic Summary: thread breaking and loose bobbin thread
Created On: 10/29/2010 07:43 PM
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 10/29/2010 07:43 PM
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kafox

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I have the Janome HT 2088 and attempting to fmq. I have tried with the feed dogs down and up, the thread tension up to 9, and no matter what the thread seems to break and the bobbin thread seems to be so loose it pulls underneath. I do have the free motion foot and would love this resolve this problem.

I did see the post re fmq and the Janome HT 2088. I would love to hear from the poster to find out the settings she used.

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 10/30/2010 09:26 PM
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Warbler

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kafox, Thread breaking is a sign that the needle you are using is too small. If you are fmq'ing with a standard 50wt thread then use a size 12 Topstitch needle. Thread that is thicker 40 wt would use a 14 Topstich. Topstitch needles are good for quilting because they have a larger "eye" so the heavier the thread the larger the needle. and conversely, the thinner the thread then use a smaller needle. I recommend adjusting your bobbin tension but before you do, make a note as to the original position of the adjusting screw.

what is the thread you are quilting with and what do you have in the bobbin?

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 10/31/2010 04:42 PM
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kafox

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Thanks for your reply. I figured out my fmq headache. After reading the forums, I changed my needle to a topstitch needle, changed my thread to a sulky thread, also loosened my bobbin tension by a 1/2 turn. This all did it and I finished the baby quilt in no time.
I really helps to have found this forum. I'm novice at quilting and thought I had found a great way to express myself and create lovely things, till I ran head long into this problem. Now I'm back to happily creating.
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 10/31/2010 09:04 PM
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Warbler

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Excellent! Welcome to the Janome Forum! I am so glad you took the time to read through the posts to get your answer. You corrected it exactly as you should have.

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 11/11/2010 04:54 PM
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Sammy1

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I have a janome 11000 that I had updated with the program 3. --not sure what it is called. Anyway, I was doing free motion quilting yesterday when the "rethread" picture came on the screen. The thread, however, was fine. I could move it freely. The bobbin thread was nested. It has never done that before. I always use the pre wound bobbin thread. I changed the needle in case it was bent. The machine worked fine until I changed the bobbin thread to a full spool. I wouldn't think changing the bobbin thread would meAn I have to also change the tension. I hate to think I would need to do this every time I change the bobbin. This never happened before I updated my machine.
 11/11/2010 05:30 PM
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MOM

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When you do free motion with the 11,000 there is a second bobbin holder that is available they suggest you get. I believe it is a bobbin that has a blue mark on it. I have not purchased it yet but with the new Sashiko stitch they suggest we use that bobbin holder as well. That is probably why you are having that problems. I believe the Bobbin holder# is #200445007. Most dealers can order it for you or some may have it in stock.
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 11/12/2010 07:10 PM
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Warbler

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I dont have the 11000 but thread nests can be eliminated by pulling the bobbin thread to the top of the quilt and holding it while you take the first few stitches. I agree with Mom, I have the bobbin holder she recommended and it works really well for FMQ'ing.

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 11/21/2010 03:01 PM
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sweets6181

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I have the mc9700 and am having trouble with the bobbin thread as well. I had to switch my bobbin and now it will not "catch" for lack of better explanation...any ideas. Now my top thread is geting tangled underneath and makes a huge mess of everything. I am brand new to sewing so i do not know all of the terminology and at the moment cannot find my book...eek..please help.
 01/28/2011 09:39 AM
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mjorgenson

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getting the bobbin case with the lighter tension helps soooo much. Using a size 14 needle and single hole needle plate help also. Single hole keeps the thread from moving too far sideways.
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