omg. Am I screwing this up?


I only sewed two lines of quilting on my straight stitch machine and it’s coming out all LUMPY! Should I continue? Or should I rip it out and take it to a real quilter? If I continue like this the quilt will be lumpy all over.  I can’t decide what to do with it.IMG_2098

Or is it really not that bad after all? Maybe I should continue. What do you think?

15 thoughts on “omg. Am I screwing this up?”

  1. The puckering could be something like needing to use a walking foot, or to lower the tension. Perhaps try those on a few inches to test so you don’t see a whole line then get annoyed/disheartened? I know the feeling as I feel my sewing machine can’t go two projects before it messes up again.

    I might also check the stitch length (could need it longer) or the needle size but only because they are part of my normal problem solving!

    You have to start somewhere 🙂 good luck!

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    1. Thanks for your ideas. Yes, walking foot machine might do it. I’m taking those stitches out. No problem. I’ve done it thousands of times before. That’s the thing about sewing. You will have to spend time ripping when you learn a new thing. At least most mistakes can be fixed.

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  2. I just acquired a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960, which seems to be somewhat of a favorite among quilters, although I don’t quilt! Anyhow, the walking foot is promoted as an accessory for this machine that is very helpful with quilting since it has feed dogs above the layers which work in concert with the feed dogs of the machine, which are of course under the layers. Thereby enabling all layers (hopefully) to move through the machine at the same rate and minimize the puckering. I don’t know if you can get a walking foot for your 191, which I assume is an industrial machine? I did manage to make one decent-looking quilt decades ago on my old Singer Slant-o-Matic without any special attachments, using just a plain old straight stitch. However (and this is a big “however”) for that quilt I was not sewing any layers that had been pieced together as you have in your patchwork. It was just a large continuous piece of fabric on top and another on the bottom with a rather thin layer of batting in between. Maybe you could inquire at a quilt shop about your options before actually giving in and taking the quilt there?

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    1. Yes, my singer 191 is an industrial straight stitch machine about 25 years old, never drops a stitch, but not as good as a walking foot machine to quilt the piecing. They’d have to rebuild my 191 to make it a walking foot. I sewed on a walking foot machine long ago. I’ll make some calls to quilt shops this week and probably take the job to a quilting pro so it looks as good as possible for my daughter. I’ll be able to finish the edges myself, just not the quilting part of the job. They might let someone who’s taking a class at the quilt shop use the long arm machine, but maybe not someone off the street. The long arm machines are the ideal quilting machines because the head seems to float freely. Thanks for your input, and enjoy your new machine!

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  3. I’m glad to read you are taking the quilt to someone else. A walking foot is essential for straight quilting on your home machine, but a talented quilter with a long-arm can do amazing things for your project. We don’t all have the same skill set, and it is worth the money to get someone who knows what she is doing.

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  4. Oh gosh! I might be reading these posts bass-backwards as I’m behind in blogland. And I’m ignorant….but it looks alright to me. It’s really lovely and in the second picture it’s not so blatant at all! Small flaws make things more lovely in my book. Like the Japanese masters who purposefully make a blatant flaw in their beautiful art. Don’t they call it wabisabi?!!! I say claim it, own it and shout wabisabi!!! 🤣

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    1. You’re far from ignorant! Thanks for the encouragement but I can’t yell wabisabi on this project like I could on my own project. It’s like when I sew for a customer, it has to be real damn good. 😉 Have a good day over there, my friend

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