Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yippie! Yippie! No More Skippies!

Here is what Lily was doing. Don't worry the ink is on a practice piece, not the customer quilt. That dot in the upper right corner is a permanent dot in my camera. I can't clean it off. Every time I'm headed into the 11 o'clock position I got the big skipped stitches.
I had tried all the trouble shooting suggestions in the book, & on the DVD that came with Lily. Finally I called Megan Best, & her first suggestion worked!
I managed to get a whole side done !
We are HAPPY!~D
I was doing a curvy leafy design like the leaves in the print fabric. Apparently the problem was the white on white fabric, it has a slightly rubbery coating to the print, & it was enough drag on the needle to cause trouble.
Such a simple & elegant solution. Sewers Aid added frequently to the thread guide just above the bottle here, & an occasional dab with a cotton swab, on the needle itself, & life was SEW MUCH BETTER! I've always used it on metallic threads, I just never thought to use it on cotton!

Now if I could just fix my camera!

13 comments:

Vicki W said...

Very nice quilting!

Helen Suzanne said...

so glad you got it sorted Deb. That sewers aid looks interesting... maybe it would help my silk thread go through the machine better (it keeps snapping though the tension gets lowered right down... I'd just put it down to being cheap quality but this could help)

I love the design you're quilting there... such a nice natural flow

Rian said...

Me no likey skippies. Thanks for the idea about the Sewer's Aid. I think I tried that when I had a case of the skippies and it didn't work. Glad it worked for you. Hey, the quilting is marvie by the way.

Delighted Hands said...

Wow, what a beautiful design-glad you worked out the problems!

roxanestoner said...

This is gorgeous work that you do Deb. Thank you for the tip. I might try in on the regular machine when I have a little snag going.

laura west kong said...

Such a wonderful quilting pattern!

THE WEST COUNTRY BUDDHA said...

I've just tuned into your blog for the first time and was taken with the idea of putting a dab of sewers aid on the needle to help stop problems. I shall try it, so thanks for the tip.

Denise Felton said...

Fabulous tip! I've scheduled a link to this post to go live on my blog early this afternoon (Central USA time). I hope it brings you a few extra clicks.

Steph said...

Glad to hear you got it all worked out.

Barbara C said...

Beautiful quilting design. Thanks for the tip. I wrestled with one of those rubbery fabrics once. I didn't know there was an alternative to throwing the whole quilt out the window. ;-)

Megan said...

What an absolutely beautiful design!
Glad I could help.

Megan

Gaia Quilter said...

Love your vine quilting design! I might have to use it, soon!

Marguerita said...

Hi Deb, Love the quilting and I *totally* understand about the skipped stitches. I did a video about Sewer's Aide on YouTube! That's how much I rely on it :) I also used to turn the needle slightly to solve skipped stitches. Put a pin in the eye of the loosened needle and turn the needle counter-clockwise to 5:30 instead of 6:00 - - hope this makes sense - -email me if not. Marguerita