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    Fmq

    I just purchased a Juki 2010Q and would like to try FMQ. I purchased the gloves, and quilted a few scraps today. Does anyone have any suggestions for me other than practice? Should I purchase anything other than the gloves?
    Thanks

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    Google Leah Day's website - she has amazing tips. Practice a lot and relax.
    Linda

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    Use a hopping foot, anjd practice, practice, practice!!! I'm still practicing.
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    "There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living."

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    I,m still practicing, and the thing I love is the Supreme Slider for FMQ.
    Leah Day recommends it, and I find it so much easier to move your fabric
    around. Good luck.
    Oh, and by the way, I have the Juki 2010q and simply love it. I,m sure you
    will too.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    When I first start FMQ, I purchased the gloves from Fons & Porter and they worked great! However, I have since found that the "finger grippers" work best for me (bought them from Connecting Threads and I'm am sure other places sell them as well). Just like everyone else states, practice, practice, practice! Remember not to be so hard on yourself in the beginning because you'll get better as you go along. Good luck and post pics of your progress!
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    Yes as everyone has told you go to www.DayStyleDesigns.com it's Leah's site I have just started to do FMQ myself and I bought her DVDs for Free Motion Quilting Basics for beginners and my FMQ has improved a lot! I am now waiting for my Slider to arrive from where I purchused it from E Bay for 25.00 and that included shipping.Leah shows you how to adapt a generic hopping foot for FMQ and it does work!Also thread use Polester thread which I use for machine embroidery and you can buy at JoAnns.I also use Fons And Porters gloves but am looking to get the ones she suggests
    To be only in her 20's she can FMQ,and she gives advice on what to use for the most of your money..
    Retta97

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    Listen to your machine. I can tell by the sound when I've hit that "sweet spot" where my hands and machine are at just the right speed to make decent stitches. I've done a few quilts but still get nervous when I get ready to start one. Also....be sure and breathe!!! You'll be surprised how often you find yourself holding your breath.
    Kim

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    I made the juki 98 e purchase and haven't taken it out of the box to practice...too much of a chicken!!!
    Remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,

    but by the moments that take our breath away.

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    I just got a new Juki and am getting ready to begin FMQ on it......that beginner's fear is always with me! LOL!

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    Make sure that you are sitting high enough, or you sewing surface is low enough that you aren't hunching up your shoulders or you'll end up with very sore neck and shoulder muscles.
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    I find if I sit and practice my design first on legal o butcher block (white) paper it helps. When FMQ my 4 Kings I taped blue masking tape across the center and quilted one half then turned and did the other end. I have a sapphire 850 and spinning that size was just too hard. After you have practiced on the paper hang it where you can glance at it occasionally. Always look ahead of your needle.

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    One thing a teacher taught us was that it can take 20 min. to get to the left side of your brain. She had us practice with pencil on paper the first class to get the idea of the flow of the motion. This somehow gets your brain to let go of logic and go to the creative area. Anyone know what I mean? Anyway, it kinda works when I give it time. So, I always start on the little block, potholder size so I can get the feel. The teacher had a bunch of her practice squares on a shower hook that she had kept to show us in the class. There were a lot so she obviously did it often before she started on her 'real' quilt. Repitition seems to be the hallmark of fmq.
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    Leah Days web site is great and she's just started a new weekly quilt along; she's on week 3 but she keeps it all up there.
    Judy

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    After doing a couple of practice sandwiches, I found I needed to do something "real". I made some placemats and quilted those. Then I took a big print and quilted it using outline and echo quilting, using it for the front of a sofa pillow. Then I did a baby quilt. By the time I was done, I was getting quite comfortable. Each of the projects was small enough that if I messed them up I wasn't out a lot of money. However if they went well they were useful.

    BTW: Leah Day's site is very good, and what she recommends works very well for her style of quilting - very dense, tight work, lots of double stitching - for wall hangings. It is not necessarily the only way to do things, particularly if you like softer, more drapey items for beds or lap rugs. I have used polyester thread, but I generally prefer a heavier thread (just because I like it!). I also frequently use quite different threads on the top and bottom. If you have problems with that, just keep adjusting your tension until it works with the threads you like. You might also like Patsy Thompson DVDs.

    Pam

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    I have to recommend Leah Days website, also. Even if you don't want to use her quilting designs she has excellent information on setting up your FMQ area and other things to get you started. She has videos on you tube that are helpful from cutting fabric to quilting.

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    I recently tried making some baby burp cloths for my great grandchildren & used them to practice FMQ on. I do pretty well with free form swirly hearts now until I get tired. Then I go noticeably downhill. I even tried some free form stars, but I kind of stink at them yet. :-) It was fun though & the babies don't care if they're perfect! That way you can feel like you're accomplishing something with your practicing. Just a thought...
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    I tried FMQ once, and was so upset with what it looked like that I took the foot off, and went into a funk.. I will try it again, but I was having a hard time grasping that the sitches were all sizes, and the machine was moving faster than my brain was moving the sandwich.. I keep thinking there is an easier way that I am missing.. I'm seeing all of the beautiful quilts, and the needle works are unbeliveable. I can't understand how other's are doing it, and I'm not..
    Will I ever get it? Am I missing something?
    Barri

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    I have a Juki TL-98Q and I wear garden gloves, the ones that are cloth on the top and the palms are a thick rubber. I can get a good grip of the fabric and when they wear down, they turn back into garden gloves. Works for me.
    Leah Day is fabulous, I like to see how she does the machine quilting from her videos. Diane Gaudynski is also fabulous and she has two books that are absolutely wonderful. I "practice" on real quilts, not practice blocks. That way I am always trying to do my very best. I use the quilting foot that came with my machine and it works fine. I would like to get an open foot eventually. The only way to be comfortable with it is to practice practice practice.

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    Like others, I recommend Leah Day. Also practice, practice, practice. But what really helped me was taking a class at a lqs where the teacher was able to give me feedback and lots of tips and more importantly, encouragement and confidence. Have fun.
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