Sunday, January 16, 2011

no more eyelashes

Some call them eyelashes, others call them feathers or ladders...they are the nasty things on the back of free motion quilting that have plagued me and kept me from doing a lot of free motion.

Finally, I think I have them licked. I tried just about everything but then I got on the Janome forum site and saw posts about a special bobbin case. I had heard before about adjusting the tension on the bobbin case but I didn't want to mess with that. This special bobbin case comes pre-adjusted and with a special free motion foot, it does make the back come out just right. It took a little practice and adjusting the top tension but I finally got the hang of it. This picture just shows the top of a practice piece but I am so thrilled. There wasn't any use of showing the back as the fabric was printed and the stitches don't really show.

Now I am going to order some of the clamps that keep your quilt from unrolling while you are quilting on your machine. I found them in a Nancy's Notions catalog. After I play with them, I will let you know how that turns out.

8 comments:

Suzan said...

What, pray tell, is the special Janome bobbin/foot? I don't usually have a big problem with bobbin tension but I am a sucker for gadgets!

deborah said...

I would love to know about the special Janome bobbin case...I hate those little feathers, too!

Stray Stitches said...

I bought that bobbin case probably over a year ago and never gave it a try. Thanks for the review and it sounds like I should give it a try!

Pat said...

Looks GREAT! I wonder if that bobbin case would fit my machine, too? One day we will have to try it and if it does, I'll buy one and give this a try, also.

Nancy said...

I share your reluctance to mess with the bobbin case, so a special bobbin should fill the bill nicely for you. Good luck.

Kim D. said...

I'm glad you solved the problem, it sounds like the bobbin case made all the difference. Your quilting looks nice.

em's scrapbag said...

I'm so glad you figured it out. The quilting looks great!

Stormy Days said...

I've been thinking about this post so much. I've had so many problems with my bobbin on my Janome. Can you tell me what machine you have? and does this bobbin case fit them all? and where did you get it? Thanks for any answers. I think this may be a huge help for me. I have a 6600.