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    I have quilted my quilts in the past, and it is NOT my favorite things to do, and was wondering how to PREVENT getting TUCKS in the front and back of the quilt, and how to keep everything flat and smooth, front and back. Alot of the times, the quilt looks like it needs pressing and there are lumps and puffy sections, noticable on the back especially. I start quilting in the center and stitch outward, but the "stretchiness" is really evident in the back......any suggestions? There are just too many "gaps" of non stitching that are noticable to me..Thanks - Oh! I use my Janome 5000 or my Designer 1 for quilting...I need a long arm. huh?

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    I did all my FMQ on my designer 1 before I got my long arm, and I still use it for small items. I really think that preparing the sandwich is a big part of getting a good result. If you tape the backing down and get it just taut, not stretched, and use LOTS of pins, you get a good result. I have the spring foot, and there's a special setting in the tool menu for use with this foot.

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    i have just one little trick that works for me...i have just one little machine. My Kenmore. i love it. it's just a simple machine. so i keep my quilting simple. people are going to use my quilts. (not for show or art purposes.) Well, here's my tip....i lay my batting out and smooth and flat. usually on the spare bed. and i do that for a couple of days before i layer quilt. and it really seems to help with the wrinkles and bumps. it gives the batting time to relax. then i just layer and pin and quilt.

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    I used to hate quilting my tops as the dreaded tucks were inevitable . Once I discovered spray basting they were a thing of the past. I do use my walking foot , that in combination with spray basting cured my really bad case of tucks .

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    Starching the back and using spray baste has helped me eliminate puckers on the back. I tape the back to a table, then spray baste the batting to the back and smooth it out well. Then spread the top, fold it back and spray baste that the same way.

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    I bought a longarm because I couldn't do it either. When hand quilting I used to put it over a large table and starting in the center I safety pinned it. I quilted from the center out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I used to hate quilting my tops as the dreaded tucks were inevitable . Once I discovered spray basting they were a thing of the past. I do use my walking foot , that in combination with spray basting cured my really bad case of tucks .
    You use your walking foot to quilt with?

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    The secret to good quilting is to get your quilt basted really well. I use Sharon Schamber's method. You can find it on youtube. I never quilt from the center out either.

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    When I pin basted I put the pins 4-fingers apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I used to hate quilting my tops as the dreaded tucks were inevitable . Once I discovered spray basting they were a thing of the past. I do use my walking foot , that in combination with spray basting cured my really bad case of tucks .
    You use your walking foot to quilt with?
    Yes , when quilting straight lines a walking foot is the best choice. If you are doing curves , then a Free Motion foot ( or darning foot) is the best choice.

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