Last night I was happily quilting along, having a grand old time while watching quilt cam.  I couldn’t believe how much progress I was making, and how much better my quilting was looking from when I first started this pattern a couple of days ago.  After a while, my bobbin thread snapped, so I turned the quilt over to check the back.  And what did meet my horrified eyes?  This:

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I always check the back after every bobbin, just to make sure nothing crazy has happened with the tension.  Since all of my previous checks had shown perfect tension, I didn’t feel the need to check sooner this time.  But boy was I ever wrong.  All of the quilting I did last night must be ripped out, because the tension was atrocious!  I have no idea what went wrong.  Looking at the quilting reveals that it quite suddenly went from perfect tension to awful tension, with nothing in between.  The machine sounded and behaved the same, so I had no clues to indicate that something was amiss.

I’ve already spent about an hour ripping, and I suspect I’ve got at least a couple more hours of it ahead of me.  Too bad ripping stitches takes so much longer than sewing them.  I’ve learned my lesson, though.  Now I will check the tension promptly after beginning each sewing session, just in case something evil has happened in the hours my machine sat unattended.

Linking up with WiP Wednesday.

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5 Responses to Ahh…Tesnsion

  1. sam says:

    oh no what a complete pain, sorry, hope you get it all sorted soon

  2. Astrid says:

    OH NO! How annoying! 😦 This has happened to me too, and I have no clue why it happened. The machine behaved normal, no strange sounds or anything… I’m more careful checking now, to avoid surprises and unpicking for hours!

  3. Oh no! I hate when something like that happens!

  4. dezertsuz says:

    How distressing! I can empathize with you. One night I went to bed and my longarm was stitching perfectly. In the morning, they were paving the streets and there was some kind of pounding machine. The tension was off and it took me two days to figure out how to get it exactly where I needed it again! Thank goodness you didn’t just keep sewing! At least, it should come out pretty easily.

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