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Thread: What is Fab-U-Motion?

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    Super Member LeeAnn's Avatar
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    I've seen several quilts where the makers have used this and I would like to know more. How does it work and where can you get it? Just the general info. Thanks everyone.

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    i have never heard of this

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    I googled and it's on the Husqvarna-Viking machines. Don't know whether it can be used with other makes of machines.

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    http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp21647-1175.html check here. It fits many machines and now its called Free Motion Assistant. on sale half price. Tells me it doesn't sell.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMBkU7f-1Kk

    This one shows the stitch regulator as well - which is not included in the allbrands one link... but I had to see it in action so I youtube'd it. I have to admit - that's really cool.

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    Here is the explanation:

    http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us/7610.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by LeeAnn
    I've seen several quilts where the makers have used this and I would like to know more. How does it work and where can you get it? Just the general info. Thanks everyone.

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    oh that price makes me ill. I paid $1100. for mine and still can not get it to work right!!! mine is called a a fabric mover, to go with Pfaff. and even has a stitch reg!

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    I have one of those for my Husqvarna, and they may make one for other machines, since it's not "fit" to the machine. It cost somewhere around 100 dollars.

    I do NOT have the stitch regulator (that was an extra 500+ dollars).

    What it is is a metal platform that moves very easily (alomost "frictionless") in 4 directions, with a small opening (smaller than a piece of paper) for your "work area".

    It takes some getting used to, and you have to adjust the position carefully (I have masking tape on the base to know how to position it under my machine) otherwise you'll break your needles because you forget and try to sew through metal (yes, that has happened to me sometimes).

    Working with larger quilts (like single bed size) is a bit of a wrestling match and it doesn't help a whole lot with those, but with smaller pieces (like the photo below), it's EFFORTLESS.

    It does take quite a few hours of practice to get the hand/foot coordination to get the stitches even, but that's true for all FMQ. It's much less tiring on the arms to use than to use the flat acrylic table extenders.

    I talk more about this piece in my blog.
    http://quiltiliciousjourney.blogspot...-practice.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeAnn
    I've seen several quilts where the makers have used this and I would like to know more. How does it work and where can you get it? Just the general info. Thanks everyone.
    Hi LeeAnn, I just called my viking dealer and the fab-u-motion has been discontinued, they didn't know why, just that you cannot purchase them any longer. This was a husqvarna employee not an independant franchise seller. After reading about it on the web site I thought I needed one, now I'm thinking not.

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    We had one (to demo and sell) at the store where I worked. We could NEVER get it to work right, so naturally did not sell any. Personally, I think it is way overpriced for what you will get out of it even if it works. You are still limited to the "throat size" of your machine and the relatively small size of the stitching area. Might as well take out a loan and get a real long arm sytetem, which is what you really want.

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