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    fmq

    For a long time I have fmq with my machine turned sideways, the same position used for longarm quilting. I have found this to be easier as my hands have room on both sides of the machine for moving the quilt. Recently a friend, another quilter told me that this can mess with the timing on the machine. I really would like your opinion on this. I find this way easier, but do not want to ruin my machine. thanks

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    John Flynn does it all the time so it must not effect the machine.

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    I don't understand what difference it would make. Isn't the fabric is moving through the machine the same way it would if it were facing you?

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    The only way you could mess with the timing is really pulling on the fabric and having the needle hit the bobbin case a few good times. And this could happen with you sitting in front of the machine also. I really don't think you have anything to worry about.

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    it's not a problem for your machine to turn it. I keep meaning to try that myself!!

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    ooooooh Ima try it this afternoon! The only problem will be my vintage cabinet top, not sure my arms are long enough! lol
    Did you say you dropped the pie!

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    I turn my machine, too, when I quilt big quilts. I find it so much easier.
    When you sleep under a quilt, you sleep under a blanket of love.

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    WOW what a good idea

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    Timing involves the feed dogs. As long as the feed dogs are dropped, I do not see how this could create timing issues. Maybe pulling on the quilt while FMQing with feed dogs up could mess with timing, as there would be sideways stress on the feed dogs. I have never seen this raised as an issue before, and I've seen this method recommended for years. (Tried it myself, but I prefer the regular way.)

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    Great idea that I will try! Can't see how it would mess up your machine.
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