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    Yes, and some of us say "I knew it would look better tied... Here Poochie... Look what Mommy made for you...". :lol:

    Hang in there FVG... sounds like you have a game plan now. :D

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    My mil and I made a queen size one this Christmas. But we made sure it was tacked, we like the look more.


    ANY TIME that you are quilting a sandwich and it is thick I say that a walking foot is a must. Any place that sells sewing machines will have "quilting" accessories. Walking foot, darning foot, 1/4" foot etc. Also, some smaller shops that sell vacuums or do vacuum repair will also have them. You can also find them on Ebay rather inexpensive.

    The first thing I would do is to refer to the owner's manual of your machine or their website to find out the shank size that you have. That or take your machine to the shop you are buying your walking foot at. It looks like a little box that attaches. It should also have an L-shaped metal thing that attaches to it. It sticks out the side and helps you guide your stitching, but I don't know if I would use that piece with such a large quilt. But a walking foot has moving feed-dog looking things on the top and it helps the ones that come on the machine feed all three pieces evenly.

    The way Patrice said to do it is the best thing I can think of. She also had the suggestion of moving the quilt in your lap or adjusting how you sit every few minutes. You may be overworking your machine if it has to pull the quilt out of your lap too. A walking foot will make your world a whole lot easier!! And if a dummy like me can use it on her first quilt ever, then I'm sure you can!! It's almost like an extra pair of hands helping to get your sandwich in evenly.

    I hope this has helped. Oh and when I bought my "accessory" kit from the sewing machine shop, it was cheaper to purchase all 4 feet in a set than it was to buy them individually. I spent about 50.00 or so, but 2 of the feet I use all the time. Whenever I want to experiment with free hand I use the third. The autobinding foot I never use, but that's okay, I have a hard enough time making it myself.

    Wow..didn't realize I was going to leave a chapter in the book of responses. I saw the pic of what you had so far and it looked wonderful. Just take your time because it's so heavy. Make sure you take frequent breaks so you don't overwork your back or neck sitting in one position for long. Also, when frustrated you may want to go in the back yard and kick a can, but if screaming or swearing I would do that inside. You wouldn't want your neighbors to think that you were either being attacked or that you are a crazy person.... :mrgreen:

    Hope this helps... ((((hugs to you))))

    Melissa

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    I posted that on the wrong page!! Sorry. You know you can vent at us at anytime!! All addictions can be frustrating at times right??

    Oh and I was thinking, is your avatar Link from Zelda? Just a question.

    ~M~

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    Yup. That would be Link from Legend of Zelda. I'm a huge Zelda fan. Everytime I go to Hot Topic I try to get one Zelda shirt...I think I have about 5 or 6 right now plus a Zelda hoodie (I haven't been to Hot Topic in a while). And two years ago for my friends (also a Zelda fan) graduation party, I couldn't get him anything so I got two old green T-shirts and made the tunic and cap Link wears and wore it underneath my clothes til we got to his house...he thought it was awesome!

    I would get a walking foot, but there's just not a place in town that would have that sort of thing. And with gas being $3.34 a gallon (last time I checked) its just not possible to go to Hancock's or some place that sells sewing supplies. And I'd have to find out what kind of walking foot would be compatable with my Singer machine, which equals more time spent not working on the quilt. So for this quilt, I'm going to have to do without it.

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    Well, you Link is cool. I haven's seen anything Zelda in a long time. I played the original, didn't like many of the others.

    Just remember about your quilt, slow and steady wins the race.

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    They came out with a collector's Zelda set for Game Cube that came with the original Zelda, Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and a trailer for Wind Waker. Nick bought it for me. I also have a copy of the original for the Game Boy...I've died like 50-something times on it and I'm only got to the second dungeon. I even printed the map for the game and that didn't even help.

    Yeah...and I should have had this quilt done when the Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out (that's when his b-day was).



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    Oh, I almost forgot. I'm about half way done seam ripping the quilt apart. I've noticed that in the backing there are little, but very noticeable holes where the needle went through (its a light colored fabric so they really show up well, unfortunatly). Will those go away if I press/iron the fabric or are they there for good?

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    I think they are there for good, but the other girls probably know for sure.

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    There is website called Sew4Less.com that has sewing machine parts for any kind of sewing machine. Really easy to order from. You can order online or by phone. I ordered some feet for my machine. They arrived by mail in about 3 or 4 days. They do have walking feet. You might give them a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    I think they are there for good, but the other girls probably know for sure.
    Actually, I'm kinda of glad. Gives me an excuse to replace $5 worth of fabric. Just not very fond of the color (really pale and blue)...or how the dark blue thread I'm using shows up extremely well against the light blue color of the fabric. But at the time, it was either that or one of the many lovely floral prints that were on sale...yeah, I'm sure Nick would have loved to have flowers on his quilt. LoL. Well, today I found this dark blue plaid flannel-like cotton stuff at Wal-Mart and thought it would be better for a backing than what I got now. :mrgreen:

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