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Thread: Brother SE400 Free Motion Quilting

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    Hello and Welcome to the board :D:D:D
    Make sure you sewing surface is very clean and slick, it will help with the movement of your quilt :D

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    Hello & Welcome from North Carolina

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    Quote Originally Posted by dam1
    My name is Dora and I live in Montana and started quilting when I became a grandmother in 1999. I have always sent my quilts out to be quilted since I do not have a long arm machine. But, I want to learn how to do free motion quilting so I can complete a landscape quilt I want to make.

    I have been trying to adjust my Brother SE400 so I can learn how to do free motion quilting. It sounds absolutely terrible and I cannot make a rounded corner - everything is very jagged. I've read everything in the manual (about 2 pages) on free motion quilting and cannot figure out what I am doing wrong. I've dropped the feed dogs and attached the embroidery foot and tried several different quilting stitches. Any suggestions will be tremendously appreciated.
    Hi Dora,
    I was looking at the same thing today. The Brother SE400 User Guide said to use an optional free-motion open toe quilting foot "O" when making free-motion quilting. I wonder if that would work better than the embroidery foot. Did you ever get it to work?
    Kamala

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    Hello & Welcome to the board from North Carolina :)

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    Hi - You may want to double check the foot on your machine if it is noisy. I had the same problem once when I first began working on a Brother LB6800THRD (Similar machine to yours) and discovered that the foot was just slightly out of whack and was causing noise when the needle went up and down. After I adjusted my foot slightly, it worked like a champ.

    Good luck with your project!!

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    first you have to lower the feed dogs. my machine does the rest I set it to #4 also. I find you have to have your thread horizontal I use a thread holder on the back of my machine. I would use the finest thread to start with. I would recommend using silk #100 use this also in the bobbin you will be amazed.

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    Hello from Adrian, MI and welcome

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    Hi Dora, Welcome to the QB from North Carolina . Glad you could join us.
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    I know this post is old but just Incase it helps others, I just did free motion quilting on my brother 400se. I lowered my feed dog, removed the foot exposing just the needle, did straight stitch and minimized my stitch length to .2 which is as low as you can go and it worked fine. Key thing also is to use your auto sew at either medium or fast. Going slow you tend to hesitate with your motion, unable to create a flowing motion.

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    I started quilting using the darning foot. That's the circular foot.. Walking foot goes in straight lines Yes? Darning foot moves where your hands guide it.. I can only handle baby quilt with my machine doesn't take large. More practice is for me..

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