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Thread: What is the first thing you do when FMQ?

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    Super Member CAS49OR's Avatar
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    Do you backstitch to lock the stitch like you do when sewing?

    I have been looking at tutes but have never taken a class.

    I made some potholders to practice and outlined the butterflies in the fabric. It's going well, but I notice my stitches are tiny - though evenly tiny which is good to start.

    I use a BigFoot made for FMQ and feed dogs down, but still need to buy something to slip around on. There is vinyl on there now, but it is cut out for regular sewing.

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    I leave the threads long, knot and bury it if I start in the center.

    If I start by the edge, I just back stitch on the edge :D:D:D

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    I pull the bottom thread to the top and stitch in place two or three times, then just start quilting.

    I found that when I first started FMQ I was better with the micro stippling than the larger stuff.

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    First thing I do is take a deep breath and hope like crazy I've got my tension calibrated right :-)

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    Pray

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    Swear at it! FMQ is not my strong point. I quite often backstitch though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carslo
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    Good answer, I was gonna say cuss!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Quote Originally Posted by carslo
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    Good answer, I was gonna say cuss!
    LOL

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    I go the bathroom and pee. After that I don't care. I generally start in the middle of a seam. Pedal to the meddle. I am now an Indy driver. Vroom!! To others, I say EAT MY DUST. Excuse me, but why do you think you need to take a class??

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    It depends on the quilt. If I have to do a bang up job I leave the ends long, knot and bury them. If it is strictly a utile quilt I pull the bottom thread up and stitch in place a few times. The first method is much neater than the second.

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