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Thread: I may be a lost cause

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    That's great advice on straight line stitching. Thanks for sharing.

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    I pretend that my stitches are a bug running around and it makes pretty good looking fmq.lol It gets easier as you go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meldmac View Post
    So I've given fmq a try and I can't seem to get it right at all. I even tried using a stencil and following the lines with my fmq foot and it went horribly. Just can't seem to get the hang of it. Only tried it for a short time , but I think I may stick to straight line quilting. Is it something that gets easier? Or is it one of those skills that you either have it or you don't?
    I have to agree. My love is handquilting, but with all the nieces having children, grandchildren, friends childrens, I can't Handquilt that fast nor want to. So I bought the FMQ feet to fit my too machines for the kids quilts. I have tried and tried to just get the da gone tensions right. I give up. So I only use the foot which has feed dogs to move the top along with the feed dogs on the bottom. Maybe one day when I have no more kids to quilt for I will try again. Until then it will be only the straight foot, but I can still do curves with it and make it look semi fmq. lol

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    Do NOT - I repeat: DO NOT GIVE UP!!

    I didn't start to try FMQ until I was 69 years old. Get this book: Machine Quilting - A Primer of Techniques by Sue Nickels ISBN 1 5742 830 1 Soft cover, very reasonably priced. Available lots of places but I got mine at Amazon.com. Read and follow her instructions and actually make a sampler. A picture of my very first FMQ project is attached. I fell in love with FMQ'ing and wouldn't even think of getting a mid or long arm machine. I do 120 x 120 king size quilts on my small machines. There is a learning curve but isn't at all that bad if you will take the time to go through the book and follow her step by step instructions. I shared this information with the gals in my quilt guild and they do awesome work. Good Luck and don't give up!! It is SO FUN it should be illegal!!!!
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    Oh Brenwalt, that quilt is beautiful and so inspiring!! I will look for that book. :-)
    Laura

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    I started FMQ about a year ago. Being on a fixed retirement budget I could not afford to quilt by checkbook. I find that most of the time it is relaxing for me. I did discover that I had to learn how to set my top and bottom tension according to the thread and it became much easier and more fun. I watch Leah Day every chance I get and have gotten some nice ideas to practice on by watching tutorials on e subject. I admit, it has taken me almost the full year to build my self confidence but I find I am now getting compliments on my work. Don't force it, listen to some music while practicing. I have a friend who listens to audio books while fmq'ing. Good luck, I hope you learn to enjoy it.

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    To ShirlinAZ....you might try some children's size gardening gloves. I bought some once for my GD and they were quite nice. I think they might work for you.

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    I love your posts and I always learn something. Thank you for today's hints and illustrations! I too am practicing and always learning.

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    I am still at the practice, practice, practice level...but my biggest problem in FMQ was that I would not take a breath. I almost turned blue in the face before I would stop and breathe. I was so concentrated on where the FM was going, I couldn't take a breath. So now I am learning to breathe while I do it. Has anyone else had the "take a breath problem?"

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