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Thread: FMQ on Janome Horizon - what am I doing wrong? - SOLVED

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    I'm using the HQ open toe foot, feed dogs are lowered, needle position down, all settings are as the machine indicates. I pull the bobbin thread to the top, pressure foot lowered and I hit start. The fabric will not move!!! That sounds strange for me to even type, but it's true. I've watched FMQ videos where you barely touch the fabric and it glides away. On the machine at the dealer, I had no problem (which sold me on the machine BTW). Here at home on my new machine, I literally have to grab an edge of my fabric between my thumb and forefinger to get the fabric to move and if I stop forcefully pulling, the fabric won't move. Am I too much of a novice sewer to have this machine???? I probably won't be able to visit my dealer until next weekend, as he is about 20 miles from my work. Too far for a lunch hour visit :( If anyone else has experienced this strange phenomena and has a quick fix or tip, I'd love to hear it! Thanks!

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    Do you have a gap between the foot and your quilt? I am wondering if the foot is on correctly? :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by nance-ell
    I'm using the HQ open toe foot, feed dogs are lowered, needle position down, all settings are as the machine indicates. I pull the bobbin thread to the top, pressure foot lowered and I hit start. The fabric will not move!!! That sounds strange for me to even type, but it's true. I've watched FMQ videos where you barely touch the fabric and it glides away. On the machine at the dealer, I had no problem (which sold me on the machine BTW). Here at home on my new machine, I literally have to grab an edge of my fabric between my thumb and forefinger to get the fabric to move and if I stop forcefully pulling, the fabric won't move. Am I too much of a novice sewer to have this machine???? I probably won't be able to visit my dealer until next weekend, as he is about 20 miles from my work. Too far for a lunch hour visit :( If anyone else has experienced this strange phenomena and has a quick fix or tip, I'd love to hear it! Thanks!
    The open toe foot is where you are going wrong, you need to use the darning foot, which sits high off the quilt sandwich even with the foot lever down. The open toe is used for applique etc.

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    Yes, there is a gap. I think the foot is on correctly! lol

    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Do you have a gap between the foot and your quilt? I am wondering if the foot is on correctly? :D:D:D

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    The Open toe looks like this scroll down to first picture -

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-5759-1.htm

    but you need to use the one that looks like this:

    http://www.dreamweavers-quilts.com/g...inafeetbig.jpg

    Hope this helps! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Do you have a gap between the foot and your quilt? I am wondering if the foot is on correctly? :D:D:D
    Aha!!! There was a gap, just not a big enough gap! I adjusted it a little higher and it made all the difference! Thanks so much!!!

    Now I can go PLAY on my practice quilt :-) :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    The Open toe looks like this scroll down to first picture -

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-5759-1.htm

    but you need to use the one that looks like this:

    http://www.dreamweavers-quilts.com/g...inafeetbig.jpg

    Hope this helps! :D
    Thanks! I meant open toe darning foot (this machine has 3 options for the darning foot).... so I was using the right one; it just needed the height adjusted. Thanks for your help though!!! This board is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nance-ell
    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    The Open toe looks like this scroll down to first picture -

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-5759-1.htm

    but you need to use the one that looks like this:

    http://www.dreamweavers-quilts.com/g...inafeetbig.jpg

    Hope this helps! :D


    Thanks! I meant open toe darning foot (this machine has 3 options for the darning foot).... so I was using the right one; it just needed the height adjusted. Thanks for your help though!!! This board is awesome!
    Hey I am glad you figured it out, hate it when you are keen to play and you hit a stumbling block! Don't forget to let us see how you get on ...practice makes perfect! I am still learning after 3 years LOL

    :roll: :lol: :D

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    Glad you got it working :D:D:D
    I did the same thing my first time FMQ... :oops:

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