>> Okay all you FMQs, I've taken your advice and worked on my speed.
>> Counter-intuitively to me, I've got to move my quilt slower, but keep
>> the speed up on my machine. So far, so good (although my stitches are
>> kind of small). The tension is right, and the "eyelashes" on the back
>> are gone.
>> Next problem--breaking thread. I had this problem when my tension was
>> off, and I assumed the two were related. Nope. The thread is actually
>> shredding. And strangely enough, when I first gave this a go on my
>> sample block a few weeks back, I don't recall breaking thread being an
>> Michelle in Nevada, USA
>> P.S. I looked at some videos of FMQ online. My goodness, these people
>> make it look easy.
> Michelle, the good thing about small stitches is that they make your
> curves look very smooth and curvy. <G> The bad thing is that they're a
> *bear* to take out if you make a mistake.
> As for your breaking thread, where is it breaking? If it's shredding in
> the needle, you probably need a different kind of needle. What kind and
> size of thread are you using? The eyes in different kinds are specially
> suited to some types of thread, and a too-small eye in a too-small
> needle can cause shredding.
The thread is shredding. Since needle size seemed to be the concensus,
I changed to the largest one I had. Sorry, I don't know the size. In
any case, it is considerably larger than the one I was using. Changing
the needle allowed me to go about twice far as I was able to with the
smaller one, but it is still shredding.
And if you happened to read any of my other posts, my hope that the feed
dogs had something to do with it proved to be wishful thinking.
As for thread type, I'm using regular dual duty sewing thread.
Michelle in Nevada, USA