Hi ladies! I am doing an applique for the first time on my machine..I have only done them by hand so far. So I did the fusion paper thing, ironed my pieces to my fabric and intended to do a satin stitch around the edges.  I have a Brother NX-2000 (it was only $800 used) and the manual says to do a small zigzag stitch. I tried that and it seemed to almost chew up the edges.  I'm teaching myself to quilt and sew so it takes me a lot of mistakes to learn. Does my problem have to do with tension? I don't understand the tension rules...please advise!  I went ahead and used a larger zigzag (2.5 width and 2.8 length and my tension was 3) and finished the quilt top which was difficult at first (I can NEVER wait to do it right)...it takes lots of practice and I envy all of the photos I see here.  Too embarrassed to post a photo. Where did I go wrong? It's really difficult for me to get away for a class...the one I had scheduled this week was cancelled...the one that shows me how to use this machine that's too big for my britches...for now anyway.

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Hi Karen, keep the tension where you normally use it, I don't believe it was the tension.  Without looking at a pic I can only guess, but I think the stitch needs to be bigger or maybe a new needle.  Did you use a stabilizer? Sometimes that helps.  I am glad you got a good machine, you will grow into it quickly. 

Karen, I suggest a number of possible solutions to your problem. 1.First changed needle to new one if you haven't already done so. 2.Check your manual for your averaged machine tension setting. Your booklet should show you how your stitching should look like and offer suggestion on what to do if either the tension is incorrect. 3.Then grab some scrap fabric, and also some that has been fused.  Have a go at doing your stitching again.  You may have to try adjusting both the stitch size and lenght until you find the right position for your edging whether it be zig zag or blanket or satin stitching.  4.Check your bobbin and ensure it is loaded correctly.  Again try a small zigzag stitch for practise on scrap.  If it's still not sewing ok then it might be the type of fusible and its thickness. You may need to check with the manufactors instructions. 5.The other concern is what type of pressure foot are you using.  I suggest an open toe foot.  So that you can see where the needle is hitting the fabric.  If the needle is hitting too close to the edge it will separate the fibres hence the chewed up look.  You may have to play with you lenght just to get it to hit the fabric in the right place.   I hope this helps.  Remember prastise, practise makes for a happy quilter.  Also never start on your main fabric before you have done a practise run. Julie Beard.  

I agree, good advice Julie!!!

The needle!! I bet that's it. Now, all I need to do is practice!....and figure out which of these needles is the size 60...or just buy one.  I'm also going to see if I have a blanket stitch. Great advise ladies...thanks!!!

Karen the size of the needle is on the front rounded part of the needle.The part that goes up into your machine.HINT-i use my used needles for nails for hanging things on the wall,smaller hole in the wall.

i agree with ALL these ladies. i always use  a good "new" needle that is heavy enough for this purpose , plus stabilizer is a must have for applique in my book. the tear away is best to me as evelyn said!

Karen,Please post a picture so we can see maybe what the problem is,noone here is going to judge you,we are only hear to help someone,maybe you need a stabilizer on the back if your material is very thin.Don't give up! Pat

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