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Thread: can I do free motion quilting without a darning foot?

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    I was going to attempt to do some free motion quilting on a wall quilt, but I just realized I don't have a darning foot. Can I do it without one? I have a walking foot but I don't think it will work too well for the flowers I was planning to quilt.

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    Other foots don't really work, because the darning foot is made to float over the top of the fabric for free motion quilting. If you are wanting to sew straight lines (grid work) or SID the walking foot is perfect for this, and what it is made for :D:D:D

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    Yup what she said .... the first time I put on my darning foot, I thought I did it wrong because it doesn't clamp down on the fabric like other foots, it just kind of floats over it. I have forced circles with my regular foot, but having done it, I would highly suggest against it LOL Not a pretty sight.

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    I guess I'll do cross-hatching then. I wish I would have known I didn't have a darning foot before I spent 1.5 hours tracing little flowers all over the quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caedmyn
    I guess I'll do cross-hatching then. I wish I would have known I didn't have a darning foot before I spent 1.5 hours tracing little flowers all over the quilt.
    Can you get a darning foot? If you plan to get into FMQ, you'll need one eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by caedmyn
    I guess I'll do cross-hatching then. I wish I would have known I didn't have a darning foot before I spent 1.5 hours tracing little flowers all over the quilt.
    Can you get a darning foot? If you plan to get into FMQ, you'll need one eventually.
    I agree.

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    I don't want to spend the money right now. I wouldn't mind trying free motion quilting eventually but with another baby on the way, I really doubt I'll have any time to do any more quilting for a few years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caedmyn
    I don't want to spend the money right now. I wouldn't mind trying free motion quilting eventually but with another baby on the way, I really doubt I'll have any time to do any more quilting for a few years!
    There's always time for quilting....LOL

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    what is the pattern of your quilt? I have been doing a little flower like design in four patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caedmyn
    I don't want to spend the money right now. I wouldn't mind trying free motion quilting eventually but with another baby on the way, I really doubt I'll have any time to do any more quilting for a few years!

    I just bought a darning foot from Nancy's Notions for $6.99. Check it out.

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    It's this.

    Unfortunately I have a Husqvarna Viking sewing machine and all the accessories cost a small fortune...I don't think the ones from Nancy's Notions would fit.
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    This is going to sound odd, but I remember reading or hearing somewhere that you could do free motion with no foot at all. I just tried it, and it does work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    This is going to sound odd, but I remember reading or hearing somewhere that you could do free motion with no foot at all. I just tried it, and it does work.
    That's risky - those needles are sharp and it is so tempting to reach into the path of it - particularly when there is the distraction of children. Not something I would risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    This is going to sound odd, but I remember reading or hearing somewhere that you could do free motion with no foot at all. I just tried it, and it does work.
    That's risky - those needles are sharp and it is so tempting to reach into the path of it - particularly when there is the distraction of children. Not something I would risk.
    OOOOOOH...that's not a good idea...I'd go further than "risky"...that's Dangerous! Safety first, Safety second, Safety, third...etc. Please don't try this. Perhaps someone you know would loan you a darning foot to try before you purchase one of your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caedmyn
    I was going to attempt to do some free motion quilting on a wall quilt, but I just realized I don't have a darning foot. Can I do it without one? I have a walking foot but I don't think it will work too well for the flowers I was planning to quilt.
    Try without a foot by placing the area to be quilted in an embroidery hoop and do not reach inside the hoop area while needle is moving.

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    I freemotion without a foot all the time. I use a large embroidery hoop sometimes and sometimes I use a iron on backing or nothing depending on the pattern I am doing.

    You do need to drop the feed dogs and use a new sharp needle. Bring up the bottom thread and take a few stitches in place and cut the threads off and then off you go.

    Use some common sense and don't get your hands any where near the needle. This is just as a caution ... I know you aren't simple minded. I just had to say that so anyone trying this would take care. Hands go at three and nine o'clock. I use the cotton gardening gloves sometimes that have the little dots of rubber on the palm of them.

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