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Thread: Does anyone on the board use a Husqvarna Viking fab-u-motion?

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    Does anyone on the board use a Husqvarna Viking fab-u-motion?

    HI all.....I bought a used HV Fab-U-Motion to use with my Sapphire 830. Unfortunately I bought it as-is and a small plastic piece was broken causing the table to tilt...but DH fixed it with a piece of wire. Do any of you use one? I watched the accompanying dvd with Sue Hausmann but frankly I'm a bit disappointed with it, especially on smaller pieces. So I wondered if any of you have any "tips" in using one. Thanks so much....
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    I have one that I've used twice. First time worked like a charm, but must have been beginner's luck because I never got it to work well after that... I got the large one for the Diamond.
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    I've had one for about 4 years. Used it a total of 3 hours. The Sue Hausman video made it look so easy but I could never get the hang of it. It's in the box under the bed where I hit my toe on it every night. Mine has the larger sewing area but I still couldn't move anything larger than a table runner with it. I hope you have better luck than I did and learn to enjoy it. I'd like to sell mine since I recently purchased the HQ Sweet16 sit down so I'll never pull the Fabumover thingy out from under the bed unless I move.
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    I have the Sapphire 870 and watched & used the fab-u-motion in the shop.... but everytime I tried to figure it out in my mind... I kept coming back to that little opening about 5 x 7 " that you could stitch & then have to stop & reposition your hands.... I guess if someone gave it to me... I would invest some time in trying to learn it but I sure wasn't interested in spending big $$ in something that wouldn't work for something larger than a wall hanging in my opinion.

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    Everyone that I have ever heard of that has had one of these marvelous "things"has been unhappy. I think that it was a good idea that just didn't work. I'm sorry that you are stubbing your toes Jan but it is probably something that should just be tossed out as a very bad experience that also cost a lot of money.
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    I hope you didn't pay as much for yours as I did for mine. I consider it a major spending error. Never could get the hang of it. I did a lot of practicing and was never totally happy with it. Used it for one quilt with disappointing results. Sorry to be so negative. Maybe you'll have more success than I did.

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    I do it isn't as easy as the DVD shows, you need patience and a lot of caffeine , I practiced practiced and still had to some ripping but kept at it and now wouldn't do without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milli View Post
    I do it isn't as easy as the DVD shows, you need patience and a lot of caffeine , I practiced practiced and still had to some ripping but kept at it and now wouldn't do without it.
    Milli, good for you. Guess I just didn't keep at it long enough.

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    Well, I must be dumb...I have no idea what you all are talking about. What is a HV fab-u-motion ?? Is it an extension table for the machine quilting ?? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by slk350 View Post
    Well, I must be dumb...I have no idea what you all are talking about. What is a HV fab-u-motion ?? Is it an extension table for the machine quilting ?? Thanks
    It's a free motion quilting assistant with a stitch regulator that you attach to compatible sewing machines. The quilt rests on a movable frame and the machine speed is controlled by how fast you move the fabric.

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    I worked for HV several years ago - although we were supposed to "sell it up", I could never justify trying to talk someone into buying it - lol. I actually did some free motion on it in the shop but was frustrated with the small work area. It looks good in principle but would take patience and practice to do anything large IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun View Post
    It's a free motion quilting assistant with a stitch regulator that you attach to compatible sewing machines. The quilt rests on a movable frame and the machine speed is controlled by how fast you move the fabric.
    The biggest down side to it is.... you have approx 5 x 7.... I'm sorry I didn't research the exact size .... of an opening...... so you are all set up with your quilt & all you can do is stitch within this small space...then stop with your needle down..... and move the whole unit as far as it will go and start over again.

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    I have one with my Sapphire. I used it a good bit It does take practice. You have to move it in the opposite way you want the quilting to go I don't use it much now because It is pretty easy to do free motion quilting on my Baby Lock Symphony.

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    I have a D1 and looked into the Fab mover but felt it was too expensive for me. I heard about a "slider" that you could buy. I think Leah Day advertises it. So I went online for a piece of Teflon sheeting. I found a piece about 1yd sq. I set up my quilting extension table, cut a hole in the Teflon sheeting for the needle (don't need feed dogs for fmq) and taped it to the body of my machine. My fabric slides across it like sliding on ice. Such a good item for such a small price... Works for me... imho

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    Thanks for enlightening me...I too, don't think it sounds too great. I like the Teflon sheeting idea.

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    I brought it and returned it. I did not like it. I do better fm on my own.
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    Thanks hates to waste money or let things get the best of me!

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