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Thread: Any Tips for a beginner FMQ-er?

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    quilting gloves make it MUCH easier.. and practice... I bought old sheets and made less than FQ sz AND PRACTICED , PRACTICED, PRACTICED.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    My friend Beth says that I don't breathe when I quilt, so don't forget to breathe! :thumbup: :lol:
    I was told the same thing "remember to breath". Sounds like "DUH!" but ... it's true.

    Also, relax your shoulders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann clare
    If you go to Search on top and type in FMQ there are lots of posts.
    I second this. I put my tips in some previous postings, but the most important is to have fun with it.

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    watching this post for tips and tricks!!

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    1. Use a quilting needle, a must!
    2. quilting gloves, I like the fons & porter gloves, or white machingers, found at LQS for $8-10, or something simlar. Dollar tree has gardening gloves for $1.oo that work as well.
    3. Always use a new needle!
    5. Magic Washers for the bobbin is super helpful.
    6. If you have a start button on yr machine, use that instead of the foot pedal. More consistent!
    7. Practice using felt! Fm on baby panels, then give to a local nursery school, at least that is what I do. I really like using the felt though. Making small sandwiches are great too.
    8. Plenty of light! Some music is good.
    9. An open embrodiery foot is best to see where you are stitching.
    10. Get uniterrupted time & Practice, pratice and practice! Ask me how I know? Just starting to get very good with FM, now to become even better!! Best to you!

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    check out this lady, i really like her.
    http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/free-video/

    I agree with the class too, I am taking one in a month so I can get more comfortable with my machine, and of course practice practice practice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    I took a class last year on my new/used Bernina. The instructor said to put the motor speed on half speed and put the pedal to the metal. Let me tell you, that makes a huge difference! You would think that going faster would be good, but in fact it's the opposite when you're first starting out.

    I recommend creating a sandwich to practice on first. You can even write notes on the sandwich for future reference.

    My friend Beth says that I don't breathe when I quilt, so don't forget to breathe! :thumbup: :lol:
    Your advice is good. Until the FMQ class I took, I always thought faster was the proper way to FM too, but found out different.

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    Thank you all for the tips! I really need them :)

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    Thanks for the link .. That was real informative!!

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    And practice, practice & practice! I like the one "breathe"

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