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Thread: when SID how do you get fabric to "glide?"

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    I tried machine quilting for the first time. I did SID with a walking foot on a table runner. The table runner didn't move very easily over my machine's extension table. What do you buy to make the quilt move easily? The walking foot worked fine, the fabric just seemed to drag over the extension table.

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    A walking foot makes it very difficult to FMQ. It is much easier with a darning foot. You need to either cover your feed dogs or drop them down depending on your machine. Don't ask me how I know LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrammaNan
    A walking foot makes it very difficult to FMQ. It is much easier with a darning foot. You need to either cover your feed dogs or drop them down depending on your machine. Don't ask me how I know LOL!
    I wasn't trying to do FMQ. I was just doing SID and I thought the fabric was supposed to move a little more easily. I thought I read on this forum about a product you put over your extension table, maybe called "super glide?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeysnana
    I tried machine quilting for the first time. I did SID with a walking foot on a table runner. The table runner didn't move very easily over my machine's extension table. What do you buy to make the quilt move easily? The walking foot worked fine, the fabric just seemed to drag over the extension table.
    Was the table runner hanging up on the open space between the extension table?
    Now I see your latest update. Sorry, I haven't used superglide. I have a video in mind that I believe will help you if I can find it. Sorry if it takes me awhile to find it. If someone else remembers it and finds the link before I do that will be great too.
    The teacher was showing how to use a walking foot and stitch in the ditch. One hand on the left of the walking foot and on hand on the right of the walking foot. Pull the hands away from the walking foot as the machine sews to keep the fabric tight. Not in front of or behind, but exactly to the sides. I hope I can find it because I think it will help you. /Regards, Dorothy

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    The product you are looking for is free motion slider, it is WONDERFUL!! I just searched my sewing room, could not find the web site, but do a search.

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    I am pretty sure the free motion slider thing covers the feed dogs and you need them with the walking foot. Is your backing fabric a white on white type fabric? Sometimes the print is a latex type ink that will create drag. I usually fold the quilt on my lap and make sure the quilt sandwich isn't catching on the lip of my sewing table.

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    You do need the feed dogs to use the walking foot, for sure, thanks for reminding me, I get too excited! If you want to do FMQ get the free motion slider. You will NOT regret it, a great product.

    I am NOT a person who just advocates to be a buddy. Free Motion Slider is a fab product. In fact, I am kinda hard to please, now that I think of it.

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    I recently did my first SID and thankfully I have the built in walking foot. I had to continually rearrange the quilt so there was no drag in any direction, and then it sewed beautifully. When any of the quilt fell 'off' the table, there was a difference in stitch quality.

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    If I have my stitches set too small the feed dogs and walking foot have trouble grabing the fabric. After reseting my stitches a bit larger I had no more problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeysnana
    I tried machine quilting for the first time. I did SID with a walking foot on a table runner. The table runner didn't move very easily over my machine's extension table. What do you buy to make the quilt move easily? The walking foot worked fine, the fabric just seemed to drag over the extension table.
    I wonder if you built up the area around the extension table and then covered it with vinyl if that would help? I read about a cheap quilting table that used that.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Chea...-Table-or-Desk

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