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Thread: Beginning FMQ - from a beginner!

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    Great thread with a lot of great advice! I have only started practicing FMQ, and it's going to take a lot more practice before I attempt to do it on this quilt. I am going to SITD on most of it; but wanted to FMQ the borders and sashing. I will come back and reread this thread often (cuz I forget a few things these days). Thank you all for posting such great advice!!!!
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    I just turned my tension all the way up to 8 (I usually do 3.5) and the difference was A.MA.ZING. No more eyelashes on the back. I need drop my machine into a table next.mor rewire my 15-91 to try since its in a cabinet already.

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    for those of you that suggest drafting chairs...sounds great but how do you reach the foot control? I am only 5-2 would i be able to reach the foot pedal?

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    some great advice for newbies & oldies!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by susan... View Post
    for those of you that suggest drafting chairs...sounds great but how do you reach the foot control? I am only 5-2 would i be able to reach the foot pedal?
    I am only 5'2" also and I use an office chair at it's lowest, and sit at a home made table that is 26.5" high. This is comfortable for me. When I have a large quilting project I move my machine to a larger table that is 2.5" higher and that difference is noticed, but I adjust ok. No way can I use a drafting chair. My feet dangle. My quilting frame is too high for my comfort so I just stand. I have tried using a stool and drafting chair, but end up pushing them asside and just stand. My feet need to be on the floor or they go numb.
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    I have been working on fmq for a while now. I don't have any real advice, other than when I go to do a project, I have begun doing a practice sandwich of the fabric and thread I plan to use. I don't know why--but if I don't, tension issues seem to erupt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    My first tip is to try quilting standing up. I find that I can quilt much longer this way without my shoulders and back stiffening up. I place my sewing machine on my cutting table and find that to be a very good height.

    Second tip is to make an inexpensive styrofoam "surround" for the machine on the cutting table. There are some Youtube videos on how to do this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g14govA4pIM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAS25v3ZTk0

    Third tip is to arrange a table or ironing board to the left of your quilting area to hold part of the quilt. This really helps spread the weight of the quilt.
    I have also found that the larger the quilt I am quilting, the more I need that "surround" on my machine. I have even used books and magazines to build up around my machine to get the sewing bed even with the desk. Of course that was when I had no idea what I was doing, but it worked.

    I am one that tends to jump right into a project without thinking about it. I will practice a little bit on a small sample to get the tension right, but then it is onto the quilt it self. I also started with a meander and am now just starting other designs. I find it very relaxing and tend to zone out the kids when they are around. Which can be good and bad at the same time

    Have fun, take it one step at a time, enjoy the process and don't sweat the little things.
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    Ok I've all heard about bring the thread up when you begn quilting, but never about ending your stitches. What do you do with the thread then? Bring them both to the front or just cut them off, one on the bottom and one on the top? Please advise as to the proper way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joselake View Post
    Ok I've all heard about bring the thread up when you begn quilting, but never about ending your stitches. What do you do with the thread then? Bring them both to the front or just cut them off, one on the bottom and one on the top? Please advise as to the proper way.


    I was taught to have appx 2-3" of thread at the beginning and end and pull the bobbin thread through, tie a knot close to the fabric, then take a hand needle that has a split/open end, and put needle through the same hole the thread is in and pull the knot inside the sandwich, pulling the needle about an inch across and back out. Then cut the exposed thread. This way the thread ends are secure and hidden. - Try to weave the thread through the batting so it does not show through the fabric. This can be an issue with white/light colored fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susan... View Post
    for those of you that suggest drafting chairs...sounds great but how do you reach the foot control? I am only 5-2 would i be able to reach the foot pedal?
    Obviously, if it doesn't work for you, then you wouldn't go there!
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