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Thread: Free motion quilting on a Singer 301

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    Super Member SherriB's Avatar
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    Is the bomb!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I am in FMQ Heaven!!!! I just got a fmq foot from April 1930's shop to use on my 301. Once I got everything adjusted, my 301 did fmq like a dream!!! I still need to work on my speed to keep my stitches uniform. But no messy bobbin stitches like my Janome gives me!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I even spelled/sewed my name. LOL!!! I just used a small scrap of fabric and batting sandwich and have pretty much covered it with fmq. LOL!!!

    I think my 301 is going to be my main sewing machine for quilting. I just love the pretty straight stitches it gives me. :mrgreen: I can't remember where I read it, but the way the bobbin and then needle connect on the 301 is what makes it so good for free motion quilting.

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    I've only had mine since January, but when she malfunctioned yeterday, I panicked. I was envisioning having to change patterns in a quilt I'm doing in a hurry as the Elna would eat the little triangles. The bobbin thread had slipped out of the slot. I think the bobbin was too full. Easy fix, whew. AnnieRose FMQs beautifully, but it's still a learning curve for me.

    Part of the good bobbin stitching is the type of bobbin. A rotary bobbin with a case feeds the thread directly to the stitch unlike an oscillating drop in bobbin. One more reason AnnieRose outquilts Miss Elna. Can't say as I like changing the bobbin with a case and it doesn't hold as much, but the stitching makes up for it. The Elna has a more perfect stitch, but for a lot of reasons, she can't quilt.

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    I've been playing with FMQ on my 301 too. Such a awesome machine to use, and because of it's light weight, I can move everything to the kitchen table for more room when quilting.

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    I have 2 301's, and both of them are giving me HORRIBLE tension problems when I try to FMQ, but not problems at when I straight stitch. I have tried rethreading, changing needles, changing needle types, changing thread type, adjusting top tension, adjusting bottom tension.........and I still get the bobbin thread showing on the top. AND do you have issues with FMQing on batiks? The top thread wouldn't even catch AT ALL when I tried FMQ on batiks. I LOVE my 301...that's why I have 2. But I am a little frustrated with this FMQ issue.

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    I'm having the same tension problems with my 301A too. Guess I'm going to have to stitch in the ditch on my quilt top. Darn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB View Post
    Is the bomb!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I am in FMQ Heaven!!!! I just got a fmq foot from April 1930's shop to use on my 301. Once I got everything adjusted, my 301 did fmq like a dream!!! I still need to work on my speed to keep my stitches uniform. But no messy bobbin stitches like my Janome gives me!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I even spelled/sewed my name. LOL!!! I just used a small scrap of fabric and batting sandwich and have pretty much covered it with fmq. LOL!!!

    I think my 301 is going to be my main sewing machine for quilting. I just love the pretty straight stitches it gives me. :mrgreen: I can't remember where I read it, but the way the bobbin and then needle connect on the 301 is what makes it so good for free motion quilting.
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    I've been practicing FMQ on my Singer 648 today -- what a MESS!!! I'm going to break out one of the 301s to see if I can do it with one of those...not sure I have a FMQ foot for it that fits well, however. I bought one from ??? but it was one that had to be MADE to fit the 301. And mine has never meshed well. But I am determined to FMQ!! So every day I am going to practice.

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    I have a 301. I need the fmq foot for it. Thanks for the store name to order it. I never remember to order one!
    Got fabric?

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    where did you get your fmq foot?

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