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Thread: Fabric Mover/Free motion assistant?

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    Free Motion Assistant 7x9" Quilters Cruise Control Stitch Regulator(Viking Fab U Motion Fabric Mover)

    Has anyone out there used the fabric mover? I was thinking of purchasing but don't want to spend the money if it isn't worth it.
    I tried searcing for reviews but haven't had much luck. By watching the video it looks like it would be excellent.
    TIA for any reviews.
    Lynn

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!

    I have never used one but I think there are several people on here who have!

    That quilt in your Avatar is beautiful!!!

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    I have one and like it for making nice even stitches, but have had a difficult time getting used to the size of the field you use.

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    Hi and welcome from the sunny state of Florida!! I haven't used it either, but I'm sure someone on this wonderful board will get back to you!!

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    Welcome, waving from Indiana, USA

    I haven't heard of it either, I'm sure someone will be able to help you

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    I haven't used it, however, I did find a feature on my machine that has helped me immensely. My machine has a start/stop button. I just slow my speed and use the start/stop feature. The machine speed is kept constant and all I have to worry about is what my hands are doing, not my foot!

    I know this doesn't answer your question, but I thought that maybe this would help if you have the start/stop.

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    Yes I have one. I bought it used on ebay a couple years ago. The prices have come way down now so it's much more affordable than what I paid.
    The opening is OK. It turns alot of people off. But because of the throat size on my machine I wouldn't be able to use a larger one. I made a poster board "frame" to lay on top of my quilt as I use it to give me a visual of where I am from the edges of the sewing area.
    It also helped me learn free motion without it. I never could do it before but for some reason,after using the fabric mover a while, I guess I got the hang of it. So now I free motion without the fabric mover for meandering. But I still use the fabric mover when I want to do a little fancier free motion.
    If you buy one, I suggest getting the stitch regulator too. It's wonderful !

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    I recently bought a fab u motion without stitch regulator from a board member. I haven't tried it yet because you have to have a machine with the part that you remove the do sleeves. You sit you machine on the mover and it have a very narrow opening and none of machine will fit. I have one more machine to try on it.

    Frankly, I don't think the are worth $500. or the price I've seen with the stitch regulator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO
    Frankly, I don't think the are worth $500. or the price I've seen with the stitch regulator.
    I agree. Even at the new lower price they still cost too much for what you get. But so did my fancy sewing machine. My machine is a former TOL. If I bought the current TOL it's around $8000!! I used to buy brand new cars for less than that!!

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    Thanks so much for all the speedy replies. I am thinking that maybe I should just start adding a few extra pennies and go with a frame. I have also been looking at the Grace frames. Decisions....Decisions....lol
    Lynn

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    The photo is a quilt that I for my niece's little bundle. The rose is paper piecing. I think I would have fared better with a microscope to stitch the center pieces though.
    Here is a photo a little closer up of the rose. I should have taken one even closer to show the detail. I am working on another one in yellow and lavender for my grandaughter.
    Thanks so much for the compliment!!

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    Bought one new from dealer almost 3 years ago. It was just great for very small projects. I told dealer that I was interested in bed size quilts. One day while attending a class at the dealers (a class I paid for) I asked just how large of a quilt had they done with the set up. My salesperson said: Oh I've done a queen size. So I said that obviouslyt she knew something I didn't and that I'd like to come in and see it in action. Next time I was in the store the manager approached me and offered to take the Fab-u-jmotion and stitch regulator back and to give me a 100% refund. I returned it the next day. It has since been discontinued by Viking. I found it absolutely frustrating for anything bigger than 30" X 30" or maybe a table runner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piledriver
    ,,, I found it absolutely frustrating for anything bigger than 30" X 30" or maybe a table runner.
    Yes it is a struggle if you try anything large. But I make my quilts in sections, sort of a variation of QAYG so it works for me.

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    I have one that I paid way too much for. As others have said, it's fine for smaller projects. I also have trouble when I get to the edge of the quilt. Maybe I haven't used it enough. Lately I've been practicing my free motion quilting without the regulator and I think that's the way I'll go with the two quilts I just sandwiched.

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    Me personally think you are better off saving your money and practicing. Many people think stitch regulators will automatically make them better FMQ but that just isn't so. There is nothing that practice won't help and with all the tutorials out there, I would spend my money on fabric. You can get a nice machine for the price of that thing. maybe try that Quilt along with sewcalgal to improve your FMQ skills. You can get machingers and a slider for about 30 bucks and believe me those really help. I have not tried the bobbin washer yet though so can't comment (http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/free...challenge.html)

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    My setup is a strait stitch 9 in throat machine on a long arm frame. I paid $500 for a stitch regulator and it does help alot.
    Just wish I could afford a long arm machine but this will just have to do. Cannot do block designs since the space to quilt is only about 4 inchs.

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    I am sure that you can do free motion quilting without the added cost of this fabric mover. It does take some practice and if you can take a few classes it would be money better spent. This is my opnion only.

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    What is a fabric mover?
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
    Strong people don't put others down...they build them up."
    "Remember that your instincts are more important than rules"

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    It is a large attachment to your machine with a square hole that you stitch inside of. You move the attachment and it moves the hole around as you stitch the section inside the hole. It is not well liked and they have lowered the price on it.
    Had not heard that it was still available.

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    I just bought a used one but no instructions came in the box. Could someone email me the instructions? I have th Pfaff one with stitch regulater. Thanks, [email protected]

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