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Thread: Free motion quilting. . . .is really hard!!

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    Senior Member cminor's Avatar
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    Nov 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    I have had my darning foot for a while. I went to my first quilt show this summer and bougtht the Golden Threads paper. I stopped just short of the Pounce and the book. That darning needle has been sitting in a drawer since the day after I got it.

    Today I went to Joannes and bought the book that they were selling with my paper. PERFECT I thought. This will help me with the design part of it. Up until now I have been a SID kind of girl.

    The book is Quilting Dot to Dot. Very nice, and I was super excited to come home and try it out.

    Ohh My Gosh!!!! They say it takes practice - but now I know how much! It is really hard! Even just to keep the needle on the drawn line.

    Wish me luck!

    **Edit** Oh, and I just bought Electric Quilt Company Quilting Designs Volume 1 and it should be here any day. Talk about putting the horse before the cart!! :)

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    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
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    good luck, practice,practice, practice

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    Super Member Dollysquiltingmom's Avatar
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    LOL. That was my thoughts 2yrs ago. BEST OF LUCK.

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    Super Member Chele's Avatar
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    Belle Isle, Florida
    Good luck! You can do it!

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    It is very hard to follow a drawn pattern for FM. just do it
    on your own. it will get better. practice on 18" sandwich.
    machingers gloves, loosen upper tension a bit. keep your shoulders down, machine with table extension or set in a table so you have a flat surface. scrunch you quilt up around the area, easier than rolls or folds. sm. glass of wine.
    new needle. thread that your machine likes (I find cotton covered poly gives me the most problems. relax. practice.
    some day you will say "yahoo !" or to H--- with this. when that happens, go with your gut. try again in 6 months.
    you either love it or hate it. Smitty

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    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
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    Just keep working at it and it will get easier. If you don't follow the line perfectly no one but you will know.

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    Senior Member CompulsiveQuilter's Avatar
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    Knoxville, TN
    I hear your pain. I bought EVERYTHING to "help" and was afraid to try for about a year. I bought the Golden threads paper and 2 books, ultimate pounce, stencils galore, marking stuff, heavier thread and needles, etc. etc. etc and of course the expensive foot for my Viking. My practice always looks good, but I'm still afraid to "ruin" the pieced top I've worked so hard to do. The only thing I've done is use the paper and it's such a pain I want to go forward. Maybe we can encourage each other!

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    I know exactly how you feel!! I have sewn all my life, practically, been piecing for 25 years, and I sat down to try FM quilting and it felt like I had never sat at a sewing machine before. I'm still only playing around with it, not brave enough to try it on anything very good. Good luck!!

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    Everyone has been there before! It just takes practice, notice I didn't say time!!! Relas, eat chocolate and get started!!!

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    Senior Member BRenea's Avatar
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    You will get the hang of it! It just takes time and lots of practice and patience!

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