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    Free Motion Quilting

    Hello. I am very new to your group even though I signed up a long time ago. I am trying to teach myself free motion quilting anyone who has some info or tips I would gladly appreciate them. Carol from Aurora, Ohio

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    Free motion, I've never really attempted think it requires a walking foot on machine, don't own one.. But, when I stitch anything I use the darning foot and trace everything on design on paper, and stencil/quilt by machine now.. Used to quilt by hand.

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. One of my favourite sites for easy to follow designs is http://www.theinboxjaunt.com/ Look under the Quilts/tutorials tab at the top of the site for free motion quilting tutorials. She posts a new design each week in Tuesday Tutorials.
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    welcome from se TX -- lots of info on this site!!
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    Hi from Wisconsin! For FMQ you need to drop (or cover) your feed dogs and use a special foot. The foot usually looks like a circle or a "C". There are lots of other tips here. Just put free motion quilting in the Search to find them. Good luck and have fun!
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    I WOULD suggest you get a slider, gloves for quilting you need a foot for that I use a spring loaded foot make some practice pieces with fabric and batting if you can slow your machine down do that I like to use 100% silk thread it does not show that much so if you make a mistake it is easier to keep going. It also give you confidence that you can do it.enjoy

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    Welcome from Central OHIO! There are several FMQ videos on YouTube. Leah Day's videos are very helpful.
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    Welcome from Southern California. FMQ Leah Day is a great start. She did a 365 day, new design daily, and she's good. No LA, all on her domestic machine.
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    I use a darning foot and a spring loaded needle always make sure to drop the feed dog's. Go slow until you get the feel of what you are doing. It is a good idea to take scraps and make small sandwiches and practice before you start with a quilt. Welcome to the board.

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    You will need a darning foot for FMQ. Go to Craftsy.com. They have good classes to take. You will need a Walking Foot if you want to SITD. Welcome to the board.

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    The best answer I can give you is Practice, Practice, Practice. Good luck with your new endeavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cgedeon View Post
    Hello. I am very new to your group even though I signed up a long time ago. I am trying to teach myself free motion quilting anyone who has some info or tips I would gladly appreciate them. Carol from Aurora, Ohio
    I realize this is a late response, but I wanted to add:
    When I started fmq, I used what was available for my machine, a darning foot. It worked fine but after 3-4 months, it broke. I was in the middle of something so tried my open toe foot. My machine has a button to lower the feed dogs, and a dial to set the 'darning' tension. With both of those activated, my open toe worked just fine and I've been using it ever since.
    (I read on the net that many people were experiencing a broken darning foot so I didn't even bother to replace it)
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