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    feed dogs

    can you FMQ with the feed dogs up on a fast machine?

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    I have heard you can, but you still have to cover them, I know leah day doesn't drop hers

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    Some people can, I've never tried it because my feed dogs lower with a button. Some people tape an index card over the feed dogs and find that it works for them.

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    don't understand what you mean by "fast machine"
    Some leave the feed dogs up but dial the stitch length down to 0 to disengage the feed dog movement. That way they are not working against your hand movements.
    I still prefer to tape plastic over the feed dogs if they don't lower. It helps with the movement of the quilt.

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    Yep - and on a slow machine too.

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    I generally find the tension is better when doing FMQ on my Janome if I leave the feed dogs up. Still experimenting with my new 201, not so sure it helps on that one.

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    I "accidently" left the feed dogs up one day while quilting and it worked fine. Tried it on purpose after that and it didn't work well at all.

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    I do all the timer. It gives me a better even stitch and it is easier to control than with the
    feed dogs in the down position.

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    You might read this: http://www.The Free Motion Quilting Project: To Drop or Not Drop - That is the Question....webarchive
    (I hope this comes as a link; if not you at least have the address!)
    I haven't tried this yet but it is interesting.

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    Oops! http://www.The Free Motion Quilting Project: To Drop or Not Drop - That is the Question
    (trying again)

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    Oh, well. I hope you get the point!

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    i took a class and we were told to leave ours up. did and it worked. i usually put mine down but not always. just depends on how things are working.

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    Leah Day's website is great and it works with feed dogs up.

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    Since watching a Lea Day tute, I keep my feed dogs up and put my stitch length at 0--it works great. I prefer this to dropping the feed dogs.
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    thanks, I checked out Leah Day's site and read her note on feed dogs, it was interesting.

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    As long as you dial your stitch length to 0 so they aren't moving...why not?
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    I'm no expert, but have had good results with slow motion free motion / feed dogs up / walking foot on. I have no idea if this is a no-no, but my sample turned out nice.

    Sunnye: is this the link you were going for?
    Because yup, if you check out Leah's Free Motion Quilting Project, she addresses the issue:
    http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.c...-question.html
    Plus you'll get mega inspiration from all her fabulous work!
    Last edited by BuzzinBumble; 12-08-2011 at 07:09 AM.

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    Yes, on most machines you can leave the feed dogs up...I usually drop them when I am doing stippling, meandering but when doing designs, I will leave the feed dogs up as I feel I have more control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads View Post
    I generally find the tension is better when doing FMQ on my Janome if I leave the feed dogs up. Still experimenting with my new 201, not so sure it helps on that one.
    I have found this also, gives me more control, so I don't bother lowering mine anymore on my Janomi. Now, my Viking, on my Grace frame, has a setting for FM using a spring loaded foot, so I'm sure it does it automatically on that one. I like it on my other one, off the frame, so that works better for me, leaving them up... Try it & see what works best for you & your machine...
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    I'm pretty sure I'd be equally as bad up or down.
    A dog is not "almost human" and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnye View Post
    Oops! http://www.The Free Motion Quilting Project: To Drop or Not Drop - That is the Question
    (trying again)
    There is nothing about feed dogs on that link.
    Karen from Appleton, Wisconsin

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    I have fmq'd both ways and I think fmqing with the feed dogs up gives me a better rhythm. Remember, your feed dogs only pull the material in one direction if you have a presser foot sitting firmly on them and your material clamped in between the pressure foot and the feed dogs . With fmq you do not have the top pressure because you are using a "darning foot" which sits above the feed dogs.
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    I always have my feet down. Better to be safe than sorry.

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    feed dogs

    With my Sapphire 850 I like the feed dogs down. I manually dissengage ----in the past when they would creep up I could feel the quilt begin to drag. (FMQ)

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    When I took a fmq class, the instructor had us drop the feed dog and I've always done it that way. Now I want to experiment for myself. Thanks for the question.
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