How do you keep eyelashes off when quilting?

How do I stop my eyelashes from quilting?

Move your quilting machine or fabric more slowly so you don’t flex the needle as much. If you get “eyelashes” on your quilt around the curves (Photo B), you’re moving too fast for the needle to keep up. Your tension setting will also have an effect, but eyelashes are generally caused by rapid movement and needle flex.

How do you prevent eyelashes in free motion quilting?

If you are stitching too fast and moving the fabric faster than the stitch has time to create a chain of stitches, eyelashes can result. Try to move your hands, if you are free motion quilting, or move the machine slower around curves and angles.

What causes free motion quilting eyelashes?

Second, eyelashes on the top of your quilt (less common) is caused by your top tension being too tight and pulling the bobbin thread through. Finally, eyelashes on the back of the quilt (most common) are caused by your top tension being too loose and pulling to the back.

What foot should I use for free motion quilting?

Open Toe. The open toe darning foot helps you free motion quilt a marked design. Nothing is between your eyes, the marked line and the needle.

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Why is my thread looping underneath?

A: Looping on the underside, or back of the fabric, means the top tension is too loose compared to the bobbin tension, so the bobbin thread is pulling too much top thread underneath. By tightening the top tension, the loops will stop, but the added tension may cause breakage, especially with sensitive threads.

What is the best stitch length for machine quilting?

For straight stitching, it is advised to set your machine’s stitch length to 2.5 to 3.0 or about 8-12 stitches per inch. This range works quite well for a majority of machine quilting but there are always exceptions when you make a rule. For threads with sparkle or shine, use a longer stitch length.

Why are my quilting stitches so small?

At a minimum, re-thread your sewing machine. Do the stitches get smaller as you approach and quilt over seam allowances? This is a sign that your presser foot pressure is too high.