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Thread: free-motion quilting with a featherweight?

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    I know featherweights are great for piecing. But what about quilting? I just got a featherweight. I bought a darning foot and feed dog cover plate to go with it. I like to free motion quilt as in a meander design. Anyone use their featherweights for quilting? Any known pro or cons to doing this?

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    yes I would like to know too

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    I just found this on another site.

    A couple folks warned that while the Featherweight can FMQ, it was not built for such continuous sewing. It can overheat the motor. So, I think it depends on how long you stitch at a time without some cool down time. This is because a FW is a belt driven motor and will tend to overheat if you do high speed FMQ. You can use it but for short periods. An older Singer with a gear driven motor like a 401 or 501 will FMQ much better.

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    You can also do it on a 301, they are nice and not expensive. I got one for 100.00 and I love it.

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    I have used mine for FMQ. It is fun!

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    Isn't the throat a little small for FMQ

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    Oh.. You have a good point. Maybe just the outer edges or tiny quilts.
    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    Isn't the throat a little small for FMQ

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