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Thread: feed dogs

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    feed dogs

    can you FMQ with the feed dogs up on a fast machine?

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    I have heard you can, but you still have to cover them, I know leah day doesn't drop hers

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    Some people can, I've never tried it because my feed dogs lower with a button. Some people tape an index card over the feed dogs and find that it works for them.

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    don't understand what you mean by "fast machine"
    Some leave the feed dogs up but dial the stitch length down to 0 to disengage the feed dog movement. That way they are not working against your hand movements.
    I still prefer to tape plastic over the feed dogs if they don't lower. It helps with the movement of the quilt.

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    Yep - and on a slow machine too.

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    I generally find the tension is better when doing FMQ on my Janome if I leave the feed dogs up. Still experimenting with my new 201, not so sure it helps on that one.

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    I "accidently" left the feed dogs up one day while quilting and it worked fine. Tried it on purpose after that and it didn't work well at all.

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    I do all the timer. It gives me a better even stitch and it is easier to control than with the
    feed dogs in the down position.

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    You might read this: http://www.The Free Motion Quilting Project: To Drop or Not Drop - That is the Question....webarchive
    (I hope this comes as a link; if not you at least have the address!)
    I haven't tried this yet but it is interesting.

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    Oops! http://www.The Free Motion Quilting Project: To Drop or Not Drop - That is the Question
    (trying again)

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