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Old 08-20-2012, 04:28 PM
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Question FMQ and dropping the feed dog

I am fairly new to quilting. I have done stitch in the ditch and a few simple diagonal lines on square blocks. I would like to try FMQ. I have a table runner that would be a good place to start-after LOTS of practice. I use an older Singer machine that does not allow me to drop the feed dog. How do I deal with this? Someone told me to tape a note card over the feed dog. Wouldn't that create a very rough surface pretty quickly as the card becomes full of needle holes?
I appreciate any suggestions you can provide. Thank you, in advance, for your help!
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You would cut a little hole for the needle before taping it on. Or you can set the stitch length at 0 and it should work just fine. Or you can buy a cover for your machine that screws into the bed. It should be cheap enough from eBay. Good luck!
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Some fmq with the feed dogs up. It works fine but it's not good for your machine over time.
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I would probably tape a piece of vinyl over the feed dogs -- slipperier than a notecard. With this method of covering the feed dogs you *must* set your stitch length to 0 so the feed dogs don't move. And as misskira noted, you make a small hole in the covering for the needle.
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Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
Some fmq with the feed dogs up. It works fine but it's not good for your machine over time.
????? How's that? I learned in a class from someone who has been doing it this way for a couple of decades.
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Yes, some people find it easier to FMQ with the feed dogs up. A lot depends on the specific machine and quilter.
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I read an article about sewing machine dos and don'ts. It explained why it was bad but I don't remember the details. I'll try and find the article.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:17 PM
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Would frog tape work? It is painting tape that is easy to remove without hurting yor machine. It is silicone coated so it is slick enough for fmq. Just a thought.
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Would frog tape work? It is painting tape that is easy to remove without hurting yor machine. It is silicone coated so it is slick enough for fmq. Just a thought.
Good thought, but since the underside is sticky I think the feed dogs might chew it up a bit. Maybe not though.
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I heard using an old credit or Atm card works better than tape or cardboard
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