Wandering Patterns while Nesting

Posted by on May 13, 2016


When nesting patterns start to “wander” there are a few issues to consider.

1-First is to note before putting the quilt onto the frame if the quilt is square and if the borders lay flat. If borders are stretched or not attached appropriately they will be “wavy” and cause problems rolling the quilt evenly.

2-Second, after the quilt backing is pinned onto the leaders roll the entire quilt back onto the take-up rail so that the leader is extended completely out. Roll the backing back onto the lower rail until the other leader is extended out. This makes sure that the leaders are rolled evenly and not causing your quilt to roll unevenly. I sometimes have to do this two or three times to get everything even.

3-Next make sure that the top and bottom centers of the quilt are matched with the center of the leaders. This will help with keeping the quilt square on the frame.

4-When basting the quilt top onto the batting and backing make sure that it is perpendicular with the take up rail and not crooked. I highly recommend basting the sides of the quilt when you are nesting. (You will baste the sides as you roll.) This secures the quilt and helps to tame any wavy borders. Baste sides with a long stitch about 1 stitch per inch.

5-Now everything is square and secure check the cables. The Y axis cable bracket likes to slip because of the powder coating. When the bracket is not level with the carriage it will cause a Y error or cause the pattern to stitch out incorrectly. Roughing the bracket up with fine steel wool will make it less slippery and it will stay in place better.

6- It is best to get out of the habit of leaning on the quilting frame or quilt while it is on the frame. Leaning will change the position of the pattern box and pattern.

I hope this is helpful. Happy quilting!

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  1. Doneta Free says:

    I recently purchased a Tin Lizzie 18 with Phoenix frame. I have a question about the Phoenix frame. How do I get rid of the bump in the center where the two rails come together? My Tin Lizzie gets hung up on the rails.

    • kelleyn says:

      Hi Doneta… The best course of action would be to go back to the dealer you bought it from. They should be able to help you. If that’s not an option, please call 888-784-5818 option 2 and we’ll see if we can figure out what’s going on. Thanks!

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