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I am the proud new owner of a long  arm machine.  When I bought the machine, they sold me needles, size 18.  First 2 quilts turned out fine, using Warm & Natural batting, but the one I am working on now has a red backing & I'm using Hobbs batting & it is coming through on the back!  Not heavily, but very noticeable on the red backing.  My question is, why do I have to use such a big needle? 

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Comment by Roxann on October 16, 2014 at 2:28pm

When batting is poking through the back or "bearding" as some call it in the long arm world is usually a tension issue.  When it happens to me I loosen the top tension just a little. Sometimes it takes messing with both bobbin and top tension. What is happening is your top thread and bottom thread are not getting hid between the layers instead it's pulling the top thread to the back and thus pulling batting with it. Hopefully that makes sense. I have also heard that the how tight you have your backing makes a difference as well. But when it happens to me it's usually a tension issue. Congrats on your new long arm! It's sew much fun!

Comment by enid wellman on October 16, 2014 at 9:02am

Thanks ladies.  I changed the needle when I noticed what was happening, didn't help.  I have heard that about a 'right side up' for batting with scrim, but there is nothing about that on the package directions, and I think that would be a key point.  I have used Warm products for the most part since I started quilting, but as prices rise, I thought I would get the Hobbs that CT had on sale.  I have used their 80\20 before with out any problems.  Again thank-you for your help, I'm sure I will be back with more questions as I move forward with my learning.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on October 16, 2014 at 7:09am

When was the last time you changed the needle?  A dull needle will push the batting through.  Also, many batts have a top and bottom side, especially if they have been needle-punched or have a scrim.  Putting the batting in with the wrong side up will also cause some bearding as well as make it a little heard to quilt through.

Comment by LKC on October 15, 2014 at 7:14pm

I use 16 on normal weight cotton with warm and natural. 18 is great for heavy weight fabric and thicker threads. Batting does make a different. Thick Poly batting does work better with 18. I love warm and natural and some of the cheap Jo-Ann batting is a pain with lots of problems.

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