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Thread: basting for free motion quilting

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    Junior Member totosmom's Avatar
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    Good morning. I've been practicing my FMQ for a while now and feel I am ready to tackle that table runner I'm working on. For a normal quilt, I have always pin basted it together, but for FMQ, I'm thinking that just won't work.

    So, for those of you who have done this before, how would you baste a table runner for FMQ? I'm eager to hear all the possibilities.

    Dorothy in PA

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    Super Member sahm4605's Avatar
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    You can spray baste. it works well. I have just done two lap size quilts that way. you can also pin baste for fmq but you just have to have a plan and try not to pin where you are wanting to go.

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    I am going to try 505 basting spray and see how that works. Typically I just pin baste. I think you have 3 choices: basting stitches, pins or basting spray.

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    I used safety pins and also a light spray of quilt spray to hold it. I am not one to do a lot of heavy basting on a table runner before quilting because it is so small you should be able to control it.

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    Sorry double post

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    Spray adhesive 505. If you haven't tried it yet, you are in for a pleasant surprise. There is also fusible batting that is also good to work with.

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    You can try spray baste - but my machine doesn't like it. I have a Bernina and the stitch regulator has issues with the spray - don't really know why. I have successfully pin basted and started the FMQ in a small area then removed pins as I got close to them.

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    I just basted my first full size sandwich for FMQ. I used a needle and wash away thread. Don't like pin basting - it makes the sandwich too heavy and for me to hard to move around. I basted using Sharon Schamber's method.

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    I hand basted the first small wall hanging that I FMQ........because I was not confident enough to stop and take out the pins and continue quilting. This works for me and I still hand baste a small project. I just purchased Pinmoors.......have not used them yet.

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    spray baste works so well--check out you tube sharon schuber on basting a quilt radical--i could see haw it could work very well---dont know how to do a link someone may halp

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