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    Just tried my first attempt at FMC today (on a practice piece) What a disaster, how in the world do people do this. I don't think I will ever get this. I have the books too. Couldn't even do stippling

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    It's your first try! I'm still practicing. It isn't easy, but it does get better with time and effort!

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    You'll get better!! Keep practicing. Don't get discouraged. It's common to feel like it's a disaster. I sure did ---but you WILL get the hang of it. I'm really proud of you !!

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    I'm taking a FMQ class in March at my LQS...and from what I have been hearing am planning on lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of practice...and then lots more! :D

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    I have a hard time with stippling. You not only have to concentrate on moving the fabric at an even pace but where you're heading with your stitching. Try practicing some easy loops or curves to get your stitch length even. Once you feel good about that move on to the more challenging designs. I like to practice on plain muslin and mark a design to follow. That way I don't have to concentrate on too many things at once. I'm by no means an expert but these are some practice tips that have helped me.

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    I'll bet you didn't ride a bicycle perfectly the first time you tried that, either. :)

    There's a lot to learn to coordinate all at one time! Stick with it! Practice!

    Draw your designs over and over and over - use paper and pen or a dry erase board. Draw a design until you can almost do it with your eyes closed. Draw it until it's automatic and you can do it without even thinking about where to go next.

    Do your FMQ on a practice sandwich. Just do straight lines, first. Then go to wavy lines, then lines which reverse direction. Start simple and when it's simple for you, go to the next step and stay there until it's simple for you, too. Have fun with it! :)

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    I've only been FMQing for about a year and stippling is the hardest thing to do. Start with something simpler like quilting alternate blocks and stitching the rest in the ditch or using a wavy zigzag all over.

    Mostly..don't be discouraged with your first attempts

    Diana

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    Don't be discouraged my first two pieces were sooo sad pleating on the back. Went right to a strip quilt and believe me tearing out stippling is NO fun. It does take practice. I am branching out in my designs from stippling and so far so good. Pin no farther than a handspan in any direction. Pin back of quilt tauntl to carpet if you have. Leave pinned until all safety pins are in then release from the carpet. Get a large artist pad and practice drawing. I'm no expert, but these things worked for me. The very hardest part for me is controlling the speed am still working on even stitching.

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    Lots of practice... Please don't give up... You will be comfortable with this before you know it, but it does take lot's of practice.

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    Tape a pencil/felt tip vertically to your machine , then practice moving paper around under the pencil as if you are fmq until you get the 'feel' of it, you have to get into the groove, finding your own speed, stick some music on, relax and go play!!

    Oh and go slower when doing a curve or you end up with eyelashes underneath (ask me how I know that!!)

    Big head, little neck, big head, little neck is what I used to chant as I was practising LOL :thumbup:

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    Don't laugh! If you're left handed, try quilting in the opposite direction that the book shows, i.e., right to left instead of left to right. It seems to flow a little better for me.

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    Don't give up! It takes a lot of practice to feel comfortable doing it. I've gone thru many practice sandwiches before attempting on a "real" quilt. I think stippling is one of the hardest things to do well. I find that I do pretty good with loops, curliques, wavy lines. I can do straight lines now if I turn it so it is forward/backward. I don't do well with diagonal lines. When you practice, notice which types you feel most comfortable with and do lots of those. Once you get the hang of that, move on to other things. When I first started, I couldn't follow a pattern well at all. I'm much better now. Keep trying! And relax, it's supposed to be enjoyable! :)

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    My neck and shoulders got so stiff !

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    Quote Originally Posted by feffertim
    My neck and shoulders got so stiff !
    Yes, that's common. You need to take frequent breaks and stretch. Being tense while doing it makes it worse. Try to relax and enjoy! It really does get easier. :)

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    What happen...just try and have curvy lines and do not have the lines touch. Don't be afraid to take many breaks. Very important to be relaxed...a glass of wine...LOL here are some videos that you may find helpful http://www.thriftyideastoday.com/201...-quilting.html

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    My first practice was stippling, and a major fail. My second and third were actual quilts, meandering, and I did far better. Maybe try bigger for a bit to build skills and confidence?

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    Don't give up! It takes lots of practice. I am getting better, but still have a ways to go. I really enjoy it though and I think you can finish a quilt faster using meander (big stippling). You will get the feel of the speed of your machine and the movement of your hands.

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    Dont be discouraged. It takes practice. Remember to put down the presser foot. That was the mistake I made when i started.

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    Stippling is more challenging than it looks. It can help to trace with your fingers on paper a stippling pattern. It helps "set" it in your mind and your hands will do a much better job when you move back to the fabric and machine. But really, it's like many things in life, the more you do it the better you get. Good luck and I know your FMQ'ing will just keep getting easier and better! :D

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    Thank you, those are great videos, she makes it look so easy (which it's not) Going to buy a new bottle of wine tomorrow LOL

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    Practice practice, practice. It WILL come.

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    That was exactly the way I felt when I first tried FMQ. I was so intimidated that I went back to STD. Then I took a class at my LQS and it took the fear out of it. Now after a lot of practice, and I mean a LOT of practice, I just love FMQ. A book the instructor suggested (which she claimed was her quilting bible) is by Harriet Hargrave "Heirloom Machine Quilting". Worth every penny :)

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    Michelangelo didn't paint the SIstine Chapel the day after he first dipped his brush in paint. Give yourself a chance and some time. You'll get it.

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    It took me 3 yrs to get stippling and that is all I do for now. I don't think I will ever get to feathering. All I can say is stay determined and continue to practice. For me practice on scraps wasn't fulfilling so I practiced on small pieces and wall hangings with nylon and my mistakes weren't as noticeable. I am determined not to send my stuff to a long arm quilter. If I make a quilt I want it to be all mine. So stay with it you will get it. I wish I was as determined with sticking to my diet. Watching Leah Day was also helpful to me.

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    It is hard, I was very discouraged when I first started, but a friend told me to practise an hour a day for a month, and at the end of that month It would be much easier. She was right. Practise Practise Practise Hang in there!!!

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