Friday, January 11, 2008

Confused.

First - sorry for the lack of blog. I had a lovely long time off work, go back and -slam! you'd think I was the only barrister in the country! I will try a nice photo related piece tomorrow because there has been some quilting activity- in short bursts ,which I am afraid I chose over the blog.

For now can I please ask you all a question, becuase I am confused. I have been quilting a little piece with a 60wt cotton thread in bobbin (Soft Touch by YLI) and on top as well. The cream thread on top was fine. The black on top was fine. The red looped like mad on the back. (All three are Soft Touch, all had the same bobbin thread). I re-threaded the machine with the red still in the needle. Same problem. I cleaned the machine, re-threaded, same problem. I went back to the cream. No problem. Put the red in. Loops everywhere! I changed to a Coats polyester in red - no problem. So what was going on there?!

5 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

maybe the red is a little drier, which can throw tension off... -- try placing it in your bathroom when you have a shower and see if that helps....

Carla said...

I'm afraid I have no idea about the red thread, but it does seem like it must be related to that particular spool. Defective somehow?

Lisa said...

That's just plain odd and no doubt frustrating. I hope someone comes up with a solution.

Lesley said...

Sometimes it can be the dye on the thread. I know I cannot use black in my overlocker, it throws the tension out of whack. Only solution is to change the top tension if you want to use that thread.

floribunda said...

you might try turning the spool upside down (or right-side up) so that the thread comes off with a different "spin" -- this could help with the loopiness.