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Thread: Teaching FMQ

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    Super Member tjradj's Avatar
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    Teaching FMQ

    My student was ready to try some FMQ so she could practise a LOT before moving on to her own quilt. She caught on really quickly. This is what we did.
    She had some quilt sandwiches made up.
    First, I had her practise moving the quilt around without having the machine on. This allowed us to get smooth movement happening, and allowed for adjusting the darning foot up a bit to reduce drag.
    Then, I sat directly opposite her with the machine in between us. As she hit the gas, I had my hands on top of hers and moved them along. This gave her the idea of sliding the quilt instead of tugging it.
    I was surprised how fast she got it! It was like learning to dance
    Has anyone else tried other techniques other than the trial/error/swear/toss it method?
    I used to be "hot", now it's just "hot flashes!"

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    That sounds like a great teaching method! One thing that I really liked from the class I took was that she brought a bunch of "gadgets" for us to try out. Then you can buy what you know you like and not waste money on stuff you didn't like. Probably the most useful was the acrylic sewing table extension. I use that all the time. Also, love my Machingers gloves. I tried other gloves, but love those. The garden gloves were too loose and too hot. The best $9 I ever spent!

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    I am learning on my own, but would sure love to have someone experienced tell me what is wrong and what is right rather and dancing is fun!

    Here's a tip I read recently in Love of Quilting (Fons and Porter). In order to regulate speed, a lady places a wood dowel piece (looks to be about half inch and I am not sure if it is taped on or not) in the opening of her foot pedal so it cannot go all the way down!
    From the artist formerly known as Missus Fear...Hi, my name is Tracy and I am a hobbyaholic.

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    that's a great method for teaching... can you come to my house? LOL
    Nancy in western NY
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    sounds good to me and if it worked for her that is what matters
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    Senior Member pinkcastle's Avatar
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    I can see this technique working. When I next attempt a FMQ project, I'm going to try imaging someone's hands over mine. Maybe I'll get some of the same effect. Thanks!

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    Senior Member GemState's Avatar
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    Many machines have a speed control which has been a great help to me. I set it right where I want it, then when I begin stitching I press the pedal all the way and it maintains the speed I want.

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    Sounds great.

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