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    FMQ quilt drag

    I don't post much, but enjoy learning from you other quilters, so I read the board daily.

    I have been learning to FMQ. I am working on a baby quilt with a flannel backing.

    I purchased a Teflon oven sheet to place on the bed of the machine to facilitate the quilt sliding more easily during FMQ. Unfortunately, I find that the quilt doesn't slide any better on the Teflon sheet.

    Is this because of the flannel backing, or do I have the wrong type of Teflon sheet? The surface is "bumpy", rather than slick. Is THIS the problem?

    Thank you so much for your help! I'll post a pic when I have finished the quilt.

    Judy

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    It could be the wrong type of Teflon sheet. Is it bumpy on both sides? I have bought different types of Teflon sheets for my oven over the years, and I cannot remember any of them being bumpy on either side. Also, flannel will probably never slide as easily as regular cotton.

    What you might want to consider doing is elevating the quilt so that you have only a small area of the quilt in contact with the surface at any one time. Jenoop is a commercial setup that is available, but there are other ways to elevate. Someone recently posted how they attached long clamps to their sewing table instead of using PVC.

    Here's a link to the thread about using long clamps, plus a link to the Jenoop:
    https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f...q-t289959.html
    http://www.jennoop.com/suspenders.html
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJGph8am6BE
    and one more
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfOZpLy-Dpg
    Last edited by Prism99; 08-30-2017 at 05:59 PM.

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    I really can't do FMQing without my Machinger gloves on. They help me move my quilt and I don't use anything on my machine bed but I do make sure all the quilt is supported on my table.

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    Are you sure you don't have parts of the quilt catching on the table edge? The area to be quilted needs to be free-moving and sometimes the overhanging parts keep that from happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    Are you sure you don't have parts of the quilt catching on the table edge? The area to be quilted needs to be free-moving and sometimes the overhanging parts keep that from happening.
    That's something I have to watch out for. I have to keep all of the quilt on the table even if it's bunched up a bit. If it hangs over the edge it always drags. The Machinger gloves are a real help, too.
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    Agree re the drag that can be created if even a bit hangs over the edge.
    I find the most likely to create that, is what is between me and the needle.

    You mentioned that the teflon was on the bed of the machine.
    Is your machine set into a table? or are you working with an extension table?, and thus a smaller surface area, and the quilt hanging off it. That would create drag. Some have found creative ways to build up the area around the extension table to create a more surface. Or have found low-cost ways to set their machine into a table.

    If you're wanting to get more "slip" on your surface, spray it with a silicone spray.
    Just be careful that you do not have overspray onto the floor, or you will discover how slippery it really is!

    Good Luck! .... and as oft is said, practice practice practice ... and you will soon feel more comfortable with FMQing!
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    Do you have the feed dogs lowered? Do you have the pressure on the presser foot all the way to the top? I quilt with gaarden gloves with rubber nubs.
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    I use an ironing board set perpendicular to the desk my machine is on when I quilt. It supports some of the weight of the quilt. That might help.... I only SITD though, so this might not help any at all.D

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    Wow! I knew that I came to the right place. I am quilting on DSM that sits on a table. I TRY to keep the quilt from dragging, but, of course, I'm trying to pay attention to more than one thing at a time, so that's hard, too. I will try the silicone spray on the bed of the machine. I do have the feed dogs down. I have a printer sitting on my sewing table. I think I need to move it to another table and use the entire table so that I would reduce the drag of the entire quilt.

    I will certainly look up the links that you provided.

    I had my right shoulder replaced about 8 weeks ago and am in PT. I can feel it the next day after I've been pushing and pulling the quilt through the throat of the machine.

    Many thanks to all for the great thoughts and advice. This quilt fulfills two of my bucket list items; pinwheel block and gender neutral colors. I'll post a pick when it's done and let you know how I finished the FMQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandma7 View Post
    .............I had my right shoulder replaced about 8 weeks ago and am in PT. I can feel it the next day after I've been pushing and pulling the quilt through the throat of the machine..............
    Yikes!
    My shoulders can bother me, and I don;t have a replacement.
    So be careful you do undo your new shoulder with all of this activity.

    As a hint ... I find that when I am FMQing, I like to sit higher than when I am piecing.
    It seems to help my shoulders and back from tensing and stressing as much.
    A good adjustable chair is worth its money..... for me I use a draftsman's chair, where the lowest is the highest of a typical stenographer's chair. The higher positions work good when I want to sit up to my cutting table and work. And in between is where I go for FMQing. Yes, I feel like Goldilocks ..... just right!

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    Thank you, QuiltE, I never thought of being higher than the table, to help alleviate shoulder fatigue. I agree that an adjustable chair is invaluable. I'm gonna try this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandma7 View Post
    Thank you, QuiltE, I never thought of being higher than the table, to help alleviate shoulder fatigue. I agree that an adjustable chair is invaluable. I'm gonna try this.

    You're welcome!

    But YIKES .... I said
    ........So be careful you do undo your new shoulder with all of this activity.

    That was supposed to be ... NOT UNDO ..... ..... Sorry! that I got that wrong!


    You might want to mention your quilting to your PT.
    S/he may have some suggestions as to how to make your set-up more ergonomically friendly.
    Also, could give you some stretches/exercises to help when you are quilting.

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    Wow! With that shoulder surgery, I recommend that you implement *all* of the suggestions for reducing stress on that shoulder. Yet another thing you can do, which I highly recommend, is quilt standing up. My dh made a large surround for my sewing machine out of a styrofoam sheet purchased at the hardware store. By placing my sewing machine on my cutting table and positioning the styrofoam around it, I was able to quilt for much longer periods of time because my shoulders and back were much less stressed.

    Here are links to the Youtube videos that showed me how to make a styrofoam surround. She quilts sitting down, but I found standing up to be much better.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g14govA4pIM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAS25v3ZTk0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0lk7UBQgZY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwrA...F28BF9&index=6

    And here is a link to her video about sewing ergonomics:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbmQ...F28BF9&index=4

    In my opinion, it's very important for quilters (especially those of us who have gotten up there in years) to pay attention to our bodies. I am careful not to do any one thing for too long a period of time, as I don't want to be hampered by repetitive stress injuries. In your case, with a joint replacement, it's even more important that you pay attention to the stresses in your upper body.

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    I find that if the humidity is up, my FMQ has more drag despite being careful of the support from a table and ironing board.

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    Thank you all for your help. Prism99, I watched these videos. The light bulb came on! I have some of the plastic she shows. I'm gonna try that. Hopefully, the flannel will not drag so much.

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    The gloves really help me also. I use them sometimes when my hands get tired, even if I am not fmq.

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