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Thread: Am I the Last to Figure This Out?

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    While I was meandering (FMQ) on a lap quilt today, it occurred to me that it would be a lot easier if I meandered the opposite way we usually sew: that is, instead of directing the fabric from me through to the back of the machine, instead I tried meandering by moving the fabric from the back of the machine towards me. This way I could clearly see what I had already quilted so I didn't have to worry about crossing lines, etc. After I tried this, it was so easy that I got the feeling that I have to be the last quilter on earth to figure this out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    While I was meandering (FMQ) on a lap quilt today, it occurred to me that it would be a lot easier if I meandered the opposite way we usually sew: that is, instead of directing the fabric from me through to the back of the machine, instead I tried meandering by moving the fabric from the back of the machine towards me. This way I could clearly see what I had already quilted so I didn't have to worry about crossing lines, etc. After I tried this, it was so easy that I got the feeling that I have to be the last quilter on earth to figure this out.
    That is an awesome idea! Sure makes sense now that you've told us about it.

    Would never have occurred to me on my own to do that.

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    Nope. That would make ME the last to figure it out. Great tip...never thought of that!

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    Well, I don't know if you're the last to figure it out or not ... I didn't even think about it until you posted it here! I've been putting off learning FMQ anyway, now I'm not so intimidated by it. Thank you! :thumbup:

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    Actually you may just be setting a new trend. I'm going to try this as soon as I can, but I can tell just by visualizing that it's going to be the smart way to go. I'm not sure whether to say Eureka! or Duh! LOL. Thanks for the tip! So who gets to wear the Girl Genius hat now! Go Renee....

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    I think you found the "missing link" :thumbup: :thumbup: I'm going to give it a try. Thanks :!: :!: :!:

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    I never thought of doing that but it makes sense.

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    I am sitting her visualizing that and yep, it just might make it easier. Thanks for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twilliebee
    Actually you may just be setting a new trend. I'm going to try this as soon as I can, but I can tell just by visualizing that it's going to be the smart way to go. I'm not sure whether to say Eureka! or Duh! LOL. Thanks for the tip! So who gets to wear the Girl Genius hat now! Go Renee....
    ditto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    very good tip

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    Some people turn their machine sideways and quilt from left to right or right to left.

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    OK, put me on the list of folks who didn't know this. I did once read that you should turn your machine sideways, wheel farthest from you, and quilt that way.

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    ??? sew everything in reverse??? I would have to hold that lever down...so I don't think it would work for me

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    I finally figured the same thing out. I can see the pins behind the machine a lot easier than I can see the prior stitching. My mom is getting ready to machine quilt (meander) and I suggested this same thing to her. It feels odd at first, but is really much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    ??? sew everything in reverse??? I would have to hold that lever down...so I don't think it would work for me
    Carolaug - I think this will only work when you are FMQing, because the feed dogs are down and you 'freely' direct the flow of the fabric.

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChubbyBunny
    Some people turn their machine sideways and quilt from left to right or right to left.
    This works well for me but I might try this new idea too.

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    Great tip. Now I have to watch how I FMQ. I never paid attention...

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    I had to look up FMQ...free motion quilting - LOL yup still so new...thank goodness for this site...I am learning so much!
    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    ??? sew everything in reverse??? I would have to hold that lever down...so I don't think it would work for me
    Carolaug - I think this will only work when you are FMQing, because the feed dogs are down and you 'freely' direct the flow of the fabric.

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

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    Great idea...i never thought to do it that way...thank you!

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    Great tip! I'm anxious to try it; one of the hardest things about FMQing for me was not being able to see where I'd already been. Thanks for the tip!

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    I can't wait to try this! I can piece quilts together and do fairly well, but oh, when it is time to quilt them, that is the biggest hurdle! Your method may make this part much more fun and will probably do a neater job. Thanks for sharing !!!

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    I'll be trying this on my next quilt! Great idea - thanks for sharing.

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    Well how about that! It took a new pair of eyes to see what we couldn't. Good for you and thanks for passing along the tip.

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    What a great and ingenious idea! I can't wait to try this out :D:D:D

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    I sure am going to try this it really makes sense. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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