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Thread: Stippling....

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    Senior Member bejay28's Avatar
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    I just cannot get stippling, or just meandering! No matter how hard I try, my stippling comes out bunched, uneven stitches, and just looking a mess! I know just relax and let it flow.... but, even if I am slowly stitching it looks just a mess. Any ideas?

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    I am waiting for those answers too lol

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    the first time I did it, I bought a stippling stencil and marked the quilt. It gave me a good idea of the feel of it and turned out great. I'd recommend that until you're more comfortable with it.

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    The same way you get to Carnegie Hall...Practice, Practice, Practice. It took hours of practice before I got it. Personally, I couldn't use a pattern, but it is worth a try for you. The combination of stitch speed, and fabric manipulation is the magic combination. The results are worth the frustration.

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    have you tried doing just one single block at a time? then put together in quilt as you go form.
    I'm still having troubles myself and have done it off and on for years!

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    Try drawing it on paper until you have a shape that you like. People all do stippling different. I have an idea in my mind what I want it to look like, that helps me a lot.

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    Try practicing writing your name in cursive. It is the most natural and familiar curves that we are used to. :wink:
    Vary the speed of your machine, move your hands at the same speed til you find the right combo :D:D:D

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    I forgot to drop my feed dogs one time when I was free motion quilting and found that my stitches improved 100%. No kidding. I still used the darning foot which allowed for plenty of room to freely move the fabric. Not sure why it works, but it really truly does!

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    Wow, great ideas.... I did drop the feed dogs....hmmmm, maybe I will lift them back up...try it anyways...

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    I started using a darning foot and my stitches look so much better.

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