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Thread: Quilting with Templates Question

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    Junior Member Sailorwoman's Avatar
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    Question Quilting with Templates Question

    I have been doing some quilting using FMQ but now I need to do some using a template. Do most of you drop your feed dogs and use the FMQ foot when using a template or do you use a regular walking foot? The templates are for gentle curves but since the quilt is large and heavy, it is hard to maneuver.

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    Gentle curves can be stitched with your walking foot. Using a template....do you mean the 1/4 inch rulers used for long arming? I have a couple of extra thick straight edge rulers that I use with my regular machine when FMQing. I use them with my Machingers gloves on so I can get a good grip. I have part of my hand on the ruler and part on the quilt to guide it when stitching.
    Unless I am stitching straight lines along my sashing with my walking foot, I tend to use my FMQ foot for most of my machine quilting. If you use the FMQ foot you can stitch in any direction which makes handling a quilt though the machine harp easier.

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    Thank you - I was leaning in that direction so your answer really helped. By template, I mean a stitching guide which I usually create using freezer paper. I still quilt on a domestic sewing machine.

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    Great idea to use freezer paper as a template. If you accidentally stitch the edge it won't matter. Do you pin it on or iron it on?

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    I've used that gold paper made for it. It rips right out. I was doing a raggy and wanted traditional quilt patterns. Since I wanted larger squares, I couldn't use the embroidery machine, so did FMQ instead. I pinned it on. I traced the patterns from a book. Some were in Electric Quilt.

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    I am new to FMQ or I should say, I am still practicing. To read about your method of using freezer paper - I think that would be more "for me". Something I can do that would make things look more uniform. Thank you! Look forward to seeing your finished work.
    God Bless Quilters and Sewers
    Marti

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