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Thread: Free Motion Quilting on home sewing machine.

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    I just started practicing and can I say I really stink at this. I am just practicing with stippling and loop-de-loops. Any tips would be greatly appreciative before I scream at myself and the dern machine. Do I have the machine set to slow or fast or in-between?? any special stitch length it should be set at ?. My stitches are either too close or sometimes farther apart and at the start I had thread tangle on the bottom..

    Please someone help before I get discouraged.

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    When you start put the presser foot down and crank the hand wheel to bring the thread up from the bottom.This should take care of the knots.

    Feed dogs should be down.

    then practice and more practice....

    Those gloves with the dots help and music helps keep me keep my hands moving at the same speed.

    Happy Quilting!!!

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    Keep practicing. Are you using a darning or quilting foot. They help. Keep the feed dogs down and try to keep the fabric moving at a consistent speed.

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    i had DH build a brace to go around my pedal since i don't have a way to control speed other than the pedal.

    its one less thing to worry about - i just press down fully on the pedal and i have the same speed all the time and all i need to be concerned with is moving the fabric.

    i could never do free motion but i got the Flynn Multi Frame last week. i did my first quilt on it and i meander an entire twin quilt in about 5 hours.

    the first 8 inches of the quilt don't look that good but after that i got the hang of it.

    i used contrasting thread on the top and the bottom so i could see everything i was doing.


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    I've heard the experts say practice what you are most familiar with, your name in cursive :D or the alphabet, and move on from there. They also said to practice 20-30 minutes a day, and to expect it to take some time to become consistent. There are many free motion video tutorials out there, maybe watch some of them. If you do not have a high enough speed internet go to the library and watch there if they allow it or at a family or friends house. Buy some fabric and batting for practice and don't look at it as a waste of fabric/batting but an investment in your quilting future! :wink: :D :wink: Please don't give up....hang in there and one day while you are practicing it will all click and fall into place! :D :D :D

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    Did you check the instructions that come with your machine. Sometimes dropping the feed dogs is not enough and the lever has to be in a certain position.

    I suck at it too and I just bought the stitch regulator to work with my frame. The mentors at the guild suggest that you start small. Work on some blocks - just to play and then migrate to panels. I wish you patience.

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    Don't practice on a single piece of fabric - make a sandwich of your fabric, batting and backing. I used a solid fabric on the top and a different solid for the backing. Then use one color of thread in the bobbin and a different color thread on the machine. And don't make either color thread the color of your solid fabric. This will allow you to see what you're doing and how your tension is. After that it is just
    practice. You'll do fine - just don't give up!

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    Lisa don't be scared! Just little hiccups, you've had some great advice here and I expect you will get more. I tried it for the first time the other week. I found it helpful to practice the stipple pattern with a pen and paper beforehand, kinda gets your head used to what you need to do.

    Keep tweaking your machine settings until it works. Then right down that ideal setting so you will always know what to go back to.

    Good luck, am sure you'll do fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    I had DH build a brace to go around my pedal since i don't have a way to control speed other than the pedal.

    its one less thing to worry about - i just press down fully on the pedal and i have the same speed all the time and all i need to be concerned with is moving the fabric.
    Wow! Thats a great idea! Would you mind posting a picture of this brace so we can see how it works?

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    here's pics on the brace DH built for my pedal. the wood is 1/2 inch thick on the bottom of the brace and the top of the brace.

    this allows my machine to run at half speed (i don't have a speed control button on my machine).

    i was having a problem maintaining a constant speed while moving the fabric - i felt like i was patting my head and rubbing my belly.

    so he laid down on the floor while i kept the pedal at the speed i liked and he measured that height and then built the brace.
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    and here are some more pics along with my first free motion quilt - i just did it yesterday
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    Hi there,

    This is my first time on this website. I am going to try and machine quilt using my Kenmore sewing machine. I know I need a free motion quilting foot, but are there any books you could suggest on machine quilting. I am going to get one from the library and wanted to know if anyone had a good suggestion. I am hoping to learn on my own and avoid taking a class.

    Thanks a bunch,
    Joelle

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    i have a book called Easy Machine Quilting Jane Townswick Editor. it was published about 8 years ago so there might be better things on the market.

    i purchased it because i like the quilt patterns in the book. it has a pattern and lesson taught by caryl bryer fallert - i just love her quilting style.

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    Kluedesign, I just watched a demo of the Flynn Multi-Frame. Was it complicated to get everything set to do your free motion? Do you like the frame?

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    its really not complicated at all.

    you hand baste the quilt back to 2 different rods, then you hand baste the bottom of the quilt top to another rod.

    then you lay everything out on your work surface or the floor.

    the bottom goes down first, then the batting, then the quilt top. you hand baste the batting & quilt top to the top of the quilt back and then wind all fabric onto the rods.

    there are 2 braces that go on the ends of the rods to keep them lock in place.

    and now you're ready to quilt.

    it was super easy. i was able to move the quilt around the just my index fingers.

    since the pattern i used was an all over continuous line design i was able to do needle down and unwind and move the quilt without ever lifting up the needle.

    it was such a pleasure to quilt - this was a first for me - when i quilted in the past it was like a big time wrestling match between me and the quilt and typically the quilt won the match :D

    i highly recommend the frame - if you get it at all brands its 70 (no shipping or tax) and they have a coupon out for this month so i think you could pick it up for $65 right now.

    i spent $65 on nonsense quilting stuff to try and improve my quilting when all i really needed was this frame.


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    One big mistake I made when I started free motion quilting was: I forgot to put the darning foot down! The darning foot does not sit down on the fabric as other feet do, and if you aren't paying attention, you think everything is set, and then you will get huge loops underneath (ripped out the same quilting THREE times before I found out what I had forgot to do).
    Also ... it does take time and practice to get stitches the same size ... heck! You can't even do that with a speed regulator on your quilting frame and sewing machine (have no experience with mid-arm or long arm quilting) ...
    You are not going to do anything but get better from here on out, and the advice about "writing' your name and alphabet (practicing penmanship as it were) is the best practice you can do!
    Our local quilt shop has classes for learning how to use a long arm, and of course, we work on samples for that class ... it is just about using the thing, not set up, etc ... anyway! They make a quilt of muslin, batting, and muslin ... when the little quilt is completely covered by students or whomever, they just bind it up and send it to our local humane society ...
    the potholders were also a good idea, because who wants to practice and then just throw the thing away? I don't! LOL and, most of us don't want to spend time doing anything that will go from machine to trash ... so, I thought I would share those thoughts, also.
    Really enjoyed the comments on the Flynn quilting System, also. I have talked myself in and out of the concept, I can't tell you how many times ... I feel a change of mind coming LOL again ....

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    I learned using two layers of white with batting between and started out with just practise ,practise, and more practice. It gets to be alot of fun yuo can even make shapes. Just remember to use gloves so your hands don't get so tired.Have fun, remember that part fun :D . SandyMac

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    I found that if you use the walking foot for the middle of your quilt then did free motion for the borders it is a great way to learn free motion.
    I bought simple stencils for borders, like hearts or leaves.
    With borders you are always sewing without bulk under your machine so it is much easier to handle.
    I have a Flynn frame and dont like it at all, everyone is different. It is only good for baby quilts which are not that hard to quilt anyway. Larger quilts are much to hard to handle with that frame.

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