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Thread: Don't FMQ with a full bobbin?

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    I have never heard of this so maybe it is really her preference or her machine.

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    News to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wholeheart Mom
    I purchased a DVD about FMQ for newbies. In it, the instructor said that you never want to FMQ with a full bobbin; you always want it about 3/4 full. I must have missed her rationale for this statement, although she seemed to elude to the fact that a full bobbin causes tension difficulties.

    As a newbie, and someone who desires to learn FMQ, I am curious as to whether others follow this rule or not. Any opinions?
    Maybe she meant to say without a full bobbin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wholeheart Mom
    I purchased a DVD about FMQ for newbies. In it, the instructor said that you never want to FMQ with a full bobbin; you always want it about 3/4 full. I must have missed her rationale for this statement, although she seemed to elude to the fact that a full bobbin causes tension difficulties.

    As a newbie, and someone who desires to learn FMQ, I am curious as to whether others follow this rule or not. Any opinions?
    Maybe she meant to say without a full bobbin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RatherB Quilting
    I know nothing of this either...however...I realized you may have coined a new "quilter's" phrase. You know how they say, "she's not playing with a full deck." or "She's lost her marbles." Well, "She's not FMQ'ing with a full bobbin." sounds like it would work for us quilters. I know somedays I certainly don't have a full bobbin up there!!!
    OMG!!! This just struck me as soooo funny! I will be using these "quilter's phrases" Thanks for the laugh!

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    k3n More info please regarding the thread and weight . Thanks

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    My machine doesn't give me any problems with a full bobbin and I hate running out of bobbin thread part way through a project. Mine does start tangling when almost empty.

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    Don't understand that, I always fill my bobbins to the max when I start a project. Wonder if it is just a quirky thing with her machine?

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    This has more to do with needle size rather than bobbins...what size needle do you use for free motin quilting on cotton quilts?

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    I have FMQ'ed about 13 quilts so far and I have never heard of not starting with a full bobbin (love the new joke, though). Maybe her reasons are specific to the type of sewing machine she uses. The one I use for FMQ is a Janome 8077. Works beautifully...with or without a full bobbin.

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    FMQ...Please let me know what this stands for. I am a newbie as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky
    Interesting... Im still learning on the FMQ my expierience is that the quality of thread and making sure my bobbin thread winds on evenly and smooth are two important factors. Practice Practice Practice..though I think is really the key. I have recently purchased some cotton bandanas to use as practice toppers and am following the designs already in the print.. thinking I will turn them in to some fun throw pillows ...Im always needing a pillow to throw at my husbands corny jokes. :thumbup:
    What a great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emjay
    FMQ...Please let me know what this stands for. I am a newbie as well.
    Free Motion Quilting.

    Now--what does ISO mean in the classifieds??? :| :lol:

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    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    Quote Originally Posted by Emjay
    FMQ...Please let me know what this stands for. I am a newbie as well.
    Free Motion Quilting.

    Now--what does ISO mean in the classifieds??? :| :lol:
    In search of????

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    I fill my bobbin full and wind 10-15 bobbins before I start quilting. I have 2 machines that use the plastic bobbins and they sometimes give me problems when the bobbin is getting down to the end.
    I don't use monofilament thread, don't like it at all. I prefer
    cotton threads for machine quilting.
    I really like King Tut,YLI and Aurifil.

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    hhhmmm I have never heard of this neither, I love free motion quilting, and I usually always have a full bobbin, unless I am using up a bobbin from a previous project and using the same colour thread. The only time I have ever had tension issue's it's usually operator error.
    I like the new quilters phrase... and let me tell you there have definately been lots of days that my bobbin has only half full too... lol

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    I agree, some days it feels like my bobbin is running on empty... :roll:

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    I've never heard that one b4.

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    What a great idea! I'm not always sewing with a full bobbin either!! LOL!! Patty

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    Never heard of such a thing. However, If you have any problems when you first start out, you may want to consider this. I say just start quilting something and keep on practicing!!!

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    what does FMQ mean

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    Free Motion Quilting

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    Quote Originally Posted by Emjay
    FMQ...Please let me know what this stands for. I am a newbie as well.
    Free Motion Quilting.

    Now--what does ISO mean in the classifieds??? :| :lol:
    in search of . I know that one LOL!!

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    I've never heard that before.

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