machine quilting problem
Hello quilters, I've been away from the forum as I've spent most of our glorious summer at my cottage and am now tackling my collection of ufo's...one major one down..a million to go!!....well it feels like a million, 4 or 5 would probably be more accurate. Today I decided to machine quilt a cross-hatch design on a little table topper that I had done a while back. I have not done any machine quilting with my current machine (Husqvarna Platinum 715) other than some meandering. Anyway, it has not gone well at all. I used a walking foot, chose heavy weave on the fabric selector which gave me a 3.5 for stitch length. When I began a line, the stitch seemed ok...but as I continued, the stitch became extremely short (wicked to pick out). It was as if the weight of the quilt was slowing the machine as the fabric wasn't feeding through easily. (feed dogs were up as they should be) I am going out of my mind ripping out 2 long stitching lines as the stitches are so fine in places. Does anyone have any suggestions? Does anyone have this machine? I have already made a little hole in my fabric with the seam ripper that I can hopefully hide by taking the seam in a bit. I really don't want to have to rip out anymore. If I just do a small piece of fabric as a sample, it works fine The machine did come with a small quilt table attachment which I did not use and think perhaps that may have helped.
I am feeling thoroughly disgusted as I haven't accomplished a blessed thing today.