Puckering on the backing with my walking foot
I just bought a new Janome machine, mainly for quilting but the back of my quilting sandwich puckers badly.
My dealer has been very helpful-tried everything to sort the problem including phoning Janome and following the advice given.
Machine stitches beautifully except when quilting. It looks as though the bottom layer is being fed through more quickly despite using a quilting foot.
Is this a common problem? Tried altering tension, using longer stitch etc.
Any less obvious suggestions. My dream purchase is quickly becoming a nightmare-help please!
Arggghhh!!!! I feel for you!
Even though you clearly know your way around a sewing machine, I suggest reinstalling your walking foot, following the instructions that came with it literally step by step. If it's a new machine, there might be an extra step that your old one didn't have.
In particular, I'm wondering if your machine has a 'presser foot pressure' adjustment?
For my Viking D1 (which has this feature) I am instructed to reduce the presser foot pressure by about half to accommodate the thickness of a quilt. (I do a little test on a practice quilt sandwich every time before I start quilting and fine tune the adjustment if needed.)
The video below shows the effects of having this setting too high...
About 6 minutes into the video is where she shows how much difference changes
to this setting can make on your quilt sandwich.
After you've completely re-installed the foot following the directions step by step, if it still doesn't work, see if you can't try the foot on a machine at your sewing machine dealer. Do this to make sure that the foot, itself, isn't broken. A walking foot will definitely wear out with use (I've gone through several). It will also confirm that you were sold the correct foot.
But they can also be broken. I know this, because I've done it. Early on, I installed the foot but had the fork underneath
the needle screw.
Couldn't figure out why the foot wasn't moving up and down as I stitched.
Then I noticed what I'd done, but it was too late. I'd 'crunched' it under the needle screw and needed to purchase a new one. I've also pulled one out of the drawer, installed it and realized that it was broken...never was sure how that happened.
If the machine stitches fine without the walking foot, but puckers appear when it's installed, I'm thinking it's the foot and not the machine.
Let me know if these suggestions have helped.
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