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Thread: Question about using stencils to machine quilt.

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    Super Member Margie's Avatar
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    I just bought two plastic stencils from Joann's to try quilting on borders. They are small, you just keep tracing them down the border.

    Since I have never used them before, I was wondering, after tracing them on the fabric, do you use a walking foot and follow the lines, or do you free motion following the lines...my other option is (I have a Bernina 830), it also has an option that Pfaffs have that comes down and moves the upper layer of fabric...forget what it is called(sort of a built in walking foot).

    TY for any input.

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    Super Member bluteddi's Avatar
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    I dont' know... but I assume u would just FMQ the lines...

    give it a few minutes.. someone will have the correct answer for u.....

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    Super Member fabric_fancy's Avatar
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    i prefer to FMQ over using a walking foot but it really just a personal choice and go with what suits you best.

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    my first thought was the walking foot. however, they mostly go in a straight line. if your stencil is a gentle curve, then you can probably do that. i'm not good at stitch length for fmq. so i'd probably use a regular foot and lessen the pressure foot a little.

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    Super Member patchsamkim's Avatar
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    I would do free motion quilting...unless it is a very simple design, it would be quite difficult to maneuver the quilt using a walking foot.

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    Super Member thimblebug6000's Avatar
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    Basic lines on your stencil and you could use your walking foot, but if you're crossing over like in a cable you might find you get puckers. I'd probably try the FMQ if it was me.

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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    I have done many stenciled designs with my walking foot.....IF they are not too curvy or complicated. I prefer the end result over the FMQ for myself.

    And yes, you can do it easily with a walking foot, but not fast. You'll make a needle down position, pivot slightly, stitch until you need to needle down and pivot again. I always remind myself that machine quilting is faster than handquilting, but not nearly as fast as LA quilting. It's okay to take more than a day or two, (or three!) to get it done well. :D

    Jan in VA

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    Senior Member RUSewing's Avatar
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    With a gentle curve, first, I'd try a walking foot. If that doesn't work, then freemotion quilting.

    --> Be sure to practice the exact design on a sample; don't want to mess up the quilt!

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    Power Poster ManiacQuilter2's Avatar
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    I have a Bernina 1530. You need your free motion foot if there are curves. If it is straight stitching, use the walking foot. If you haven't done free motion before, I suggest you make a practice quilt with some NEVER to be used fabric with batting in between. Mark your design on it with any type of marker and give it a try. Cheater panels are also a good practice tool. You want your stitches to be constantly the same length. Always keep your eye on where you want to go next. When riding a bike, you don't look in front of the front tire but down the road. As with anything, practice will help. GOOD LUCK !!! :lol:

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    it would be helpful to see the stencil design Some can be done with walking foot and others not. So a pic is worth now many words?

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