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Thread: FMQ comming along, but......

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    Junior Member bri1977's Avatar
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    My stitches are always so close together. It just looks so tight and not relaxed. It doesn't matter what stitch length or speed I use. I also do not have a quilting machine. I have a Kenmore mini ultra so I don't have a lot of settings to work with. I have got good tension going, but Stitches are right on top of each other. Advise me please and thank you :-) :-) :-)

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    I think it's a matter of practice. Mine have improved much, but are still small when I first start off.

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    If you've changed stitch length and machine speed I'm guessing your hand speed is too slow.

    I personally am not comfortable enough yet for a fast hand/machine speed. I try to match my machine speed to my hand speed - eventually found my "comfort zone".

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    Sounds like you are moving your fabric to slowly. Are you wearing gloves? They really help a lot with fabric control.

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    Do you already have your machine set to slow, or are you able to keep it running slow and steady with the foot control? That takes a lot of practice and I'm still not great with it.

    If you go to Harbor Freight (or Lowe's or whatever) you can buy a router speed control for about $20.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/router-...rol-43060.html

    Plug the machine into the speed control, plug the speed control into the outlet and set the switch to "Var." (variable) Turn the dial to the high end of slow and with your machine un-threaded, push the foot control all the way to the floor.

    Turn the dial up or down until the machine is running as fast as you want it to run. Thread it up and put a practice piece in there and see if that works well. If the stitches are still piling up, turn down the speed control. If they're too big and you feel like you're crawling along, turn it up faster.

    Find a comfortable speed for you - you won't feel out of control and you won't feel like you are getting bored waiting for the machine to catch up with you, either. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    Do you already have your machine set to slow, or are you able to keep it running slow and steady with the foot control? That takes a lot of practice and I'm still not great with it.

    If you go to Harbor Freight (or Lowe's or whatever) you can buy a router speed control for about $20.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/router-...rol-43060.html

    Plug the machine into the speed control, plug the speed control into the outlet and set the switch to "Var." (variable) Turn the dial to the high end of slow and with your machine un-threaded, push the foot control all the way to the floor.

    Turn the dial up or down until the machine is running as fast as you want it to run. Thread it up and put a practice piece in there and see if that works well. If the stitches are still piling up, turn down the speed control. If they're too big and you feel like you're crawling along, turn it up faster.

    Find a comfortable speed for you - you won't feel out of control and you won't feel like you are getting bored waiting for the machine to catch up with you, either. :)
    I have never heard of this!!! will it work on any sewing machine? Thanks for the info.

    Also, re: FMQ, it takes a lot of practice to know when your sewing machine and hands are moving at the right speed, but when that happens you will know it, and, after a lot of practice, can duplicate! I'm still working on consistency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper
    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    If you go to Harbor Freight (or Lowe's or whatever) you can buy a router speed control for about $20.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/router-...rol-43060.html

    I have never heard of this!!! will it work on any sewing machine?
    It doesn't work on my treadles. :mrgreen:

    Just kiddin'. ;)

    Yes, it works on any machine. All it does is control the amount of juice going to the machine.

    And you're absolutely right about practicing. Nothing else substitutes for that. (Dagnabbit!)

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    Thank You everyone. I am not wearing gloves but considered those "rubber fingers" for counting money. I've also heard using turtle wax on the machine helps????? And I may def. try the router. Thanks for the detailed instructions :)

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    FMQ takes practice. Geesh, don't spend money where it is not necessary. Make yourself or your mom a pot holder. You should get the hang of it quickly. By all means, get some gloves, but buy gardening gloves at the Dollar store. Don't spend money on the "Money suckers" or what ever they are called. Cut off the thumb and fore-finger. This is brillance. Router, you say yes to; I say pfft. Totally unnecessary. Take a 20.00 bill and flush it down the toilet.

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    Hmm. I'm not an electrician, but I would hesitate to using router (rheostat) on a sewing machine, especially if it's a computerized one, or one that I actually cared about. It's like when you have a brown out from the power company. They tell you to unplug everything. Any machine repair folks out there who can give a difinitive answer?

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