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Thread: FMQ Question

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    FMQ Question

    I have been practicing my FMQ and it seems like the quilt just doesn't want to slide easily around the machine. I am doing this on an older Singer 15-91 in a cabinet. I have polished the cabinet top and the machine base and it feels very smooth but when I try to move the fabric around to FMQ it just doesn't seem to want to slide without me using one hand to sort of pull it around. I was just wondering if the backing fabric has anything to do with this problem. Some fabrics seem to have a much smoother, softer finish than others. If that isn't the problem, perhaps some of the great FMQers here on this most informational board would have the solution.

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    Google the Super Slider. It's worth it's weight in gold.

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    Make sure you dropped (or covered) your feed dogs.
    I found that I must use gloves for FMQ. Without them, I don't get enough grip on the top to make the quilt move smoothly, so maybe that's your issue? My cabinet is reaonsably smooth, but bare skin doesn't have enough friction against the quilt to guide it.

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    I bought a yard of heavy vinyl from JoAnn's and cut a hole for the presser foot. The other thing you need is something to support the weight of the quilt to your left. I have used my ironing board or a tall stool depending on the size of the quilt.

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    I agree with the vinyl and feed dogs, gloves. But I was told a glass of wine was good to make you relax.
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    I use Pledge (or any other brand) furniture wax to make the table which supports the quilt slippery. Works great (this is a plastic banquet table - not wood) Have heard that car wax works well too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    I agree with the vinyl and feed dogs, gloves. But I was told a glass of wine was good to make you relax.
    GEEZE!! That's what I forgot, the wine!!! I must try that next time!!!
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    The whole quilt needs to be up at the same level as the area you are working on to reduce drag. If you don't have enough room on your cabinet, set up a card table or your ironing board beside the cabinet to support your quilt. You are the person powering/advancing the quilt because the feed dogs are down. It really helps to wear Machingers or similar FMQ gloves.

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    I know some people spray their surface with a silicone spray but it has to be a specific type so there is no transfer.
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    Make sure none of your quilt is hanging down over the table, add extra tables if you need too.
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