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Thread: FMQ on FW?

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    Is this possible? I would just want to do straight lines to start (I have a jelly roll strip quilt top to do.)

    Would I need a different foot? Which one? Would I lower the feed dogs?

    Thanks in advance for any tips. I had another machine but it broke so it's either the FW or the SH (slow hands, hehe.)

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    Check out this site. They have the foot that you will need at the plate cover you need too.

    http://www.221parts.com/#

    They are still closed today but will be reopened soon.

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    I have done FMQ on my featherweight. The feed dogs don't lower but I have a part (that came with the FW) to cover the feed dogs. I increased the stitch length and loved the result. It was a small project....a quilted postcard.

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    Someone on hear mentioned not to FMQ for long periods of time, their machine was overheating? Something about a smaller motor, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Someone on hear mentioned not to FMQ for long periods of time, their machine was overheating? Something about a smaller motor, maybe?

    I've heard the same thing. That they weren't built for the continuous motor speed needed for FMQ? I don't know if this is fact or rumor.

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    Good to know! Thanks. I'd hate to be the one to break it. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Someone on hear mentioned not to FMQ for long periods of time, their machine was overheating? Something about a smaller motor, maybe?

    I've heard the same thing. That they weren't built for the continuous motor speed needed for FMQ? I don't know if this is fact or rumor.
    Havent heard this, but looking at some of vintage sewing books out there, I wouldn't think it would be a problem. The motors on those machines age well, a lot depends on how tight the belt is as to whether there would be strain on the motor to cause overheating. I have sewn both slow and fast on mine and never had a problem, but maybe I just sew for smaller increments of time. :D

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    Well, the FW is so TINY that there sure isn't much room in the harp area to bundle up a quilt and shove it around....

    And it's LIGHT WEIGHT so you'll have to contend with it possibly wanting to walk across the table from you as you push on the fabric....

    A 301, or 15, or 66 or 201 would all be much better...

    For what it's worth, I wouldn't do it. YMMV

    If at all possible and if it were me, I'd be scouring the ads and craigslist etc for any one of the others I mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    Check out this site. They have the foot that you will need at the plate cover you need too.

    http://www.221parts.com/#

    They are still closed today but will be reopened soon.
    Try this link. I just got it in my email and site is up and running
    http://www.221parts.com/

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    you mentioned free motion and then said you are doing straight lines. To me straight lines is walking foot quilting. Which are you going to do.

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