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Thread: free motion with Janome DC3050?

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    I am new to quilting and read about free motion. What is meant by "free motion" and how/ or can I do it with my Janome DC3050?

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    I have a Janome 11000. The way I learned to do this

    1. change out presser foot for embroidery foot
    2. Lower feed dogs
    3. tighten bobbin tension
    4. speed up your machine

    Once you have these done, you should be able to go for it. I'm not good at it, but I'm getting better and I don't do it too often. So it isn't rocket science.

    I made practice blocks, sandwiched them, and practiced the free motion stippling and it's pretty easy to get into a rhythm. Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, I should go ahead and bind the edges of these small quilts. The stippling on them looks pretty good.

    Good Luck.

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    lots of tutorials on that online too.

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    If you have a darning foot, it does make freemotion quilting (FMQ) easier because you can see your needle, and it won't snag on the fabric, and because there is nearly no foot pressure, it will glide over seams and any thick areas.
    Put your stitch length on zero if you can't lower your feed dogs.
    If you can lower the feed dogs, then do so.
    Make some practise pieces about 12"x 12" of cotton fabric layered with a layer of batting and another layer of cotton fabric. With this small piece you won't even need to baste it.
    For lots of videos on FMQ, check Leah Day's site at
    http://www.freemotionquilting.blogspot.com
    She's my guru of FMQ,

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    Thanks, I will try this.

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