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Old 06-03-2012, 06:41 AM
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I'm looking into trying Free Motion quilting. I also have been looking a the foot to do so. I have seen several different types not sure what to use. Which is the easiest, and best. I have an old machine a Kenmore 1311. Any quidance would be greatly appreactiated.

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Old 06-03-2012, 06:59 AM
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I like mine wwthat I can see thru......clear plastic around where the needle goes through.
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Old 06-03-2012, 07:03 AM
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I think the plastic is easier to see through or around. I find the ones which are closed toe (the thread has to come up through the center of the foot, not at the front of the toe), are a royal pain. But I am a beginner.
I also don't like the ones the bounce up and down at every stitch - you can get a Janome adjustable with multiple springs but the whole foot doesn't 'hop'.

Good luck and have fun with it!
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I have both an open and a closed toe.

I like the open toe for visibility BUT the front edges of the foot occasionally catch my basting threads (I baste with water soluble thread so I don't have to remove the stitches). I try to watch and hold them down until I get at least one stitch on them, but sometimes they catch. If I don't notice right away and they pull too far it can mess with my FMQ design ARGH!!

The closed toe will also sometimes catch on my basting threads bu it's easier to notice.

All in all ... I prefer the open toe.

Mine is a clear plastic toe.
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I have a Janome and the Janome FMQ foot that I bought is the clear plastic but it was closed. I took a FMQ class and the instructor brought his Dremel in and cut part of the circle off to make it an open toe foot. So much easier to see now!
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:21 AM
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go to the leah day site and look at the different feet she shows you...
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I like the metal open toe
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:50 AM
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Thanks for The leah day website. Next question I have seen some FMQ that use a Hoop to is that for a specific machine? Is there any real benefit to it or does it end up being a pain that you just keep having to move the hoop. I appreciate all the input folks.
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Some people use a embroidery hoop and embroider designs on a quilt. I would think that using a hoop would be difficult to FMQ bigger designs. It would be fine for smaller designs if the sandwich would fit in a hoop?
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