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Thread: Free motion quilting?????

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    Member Sistergoldenhair's Avatar
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    Ok hope this isn't a dumb thing to ask. lol But hey, Im learning. I have been seeing things about free motion quilting on machines. I guess I had always thought I would have to buy another machine to do machine quilting. BUT I got to looking more closely to my embroidery machine manual and by golly I can quilt with it. I just need to buy a special quilting foot. I have never machine quilted before and was wondering how hard it is to learn. And is there any tips anyone had to get me started. Well I guess Im jumping the gun cause I need to buy the foot they are like 45 dollars on the brother website. But when I get it how hard will it be to quilt a large quilt on it or is it meant to do small projects?

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    welcome to the world of quilting your quilt. that said i am an amateur at fmq myself. there are two "quilting" feet that you will need. one is for free motion and the other is for straight line and stitch in the ditch. be sure which one you are getting. eventually you will need both.

    beyond that i would recommend you search here on qb for tutorials on fmq. also check youtube and other internet sites. there are a lot of them with video that will be very helpful. brother probably has something on their site as well.

    good luck and remember that it takes practice, practice, practice. so, don't become discouraged if you are not perfect right out of the box.

    good luck.

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    Depending on what machine you have, sometimes the foot comes with your machine. My brother has the foot. As for practice, I would practice on small quilt sandwiches before I started on a quilt. Day Style Designs is on day 285 of her project to design a years worth of free motion quilting designs. She also has many tips on free motion quilting.
    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/365project.htm

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    I started quilting my tops with the 1st top I made. I used a walking foot and sewed straight/diagonal lines 1/4" on either side of a seam. I eventually graduated to using a free motion foot (or a darning foot) and started doing stippling and free motion leaves and feathers. The 1st quilt I made was a queen-sized quilt. I call that my pucker quilt - since it was my first quilt I had lots of errors in seam allowances and ended up with puckers on top and bottom. I still use it (under the top cover on my bed). While you can do large quilts, it can become difficult to manage a large bunch of quilt on your sewing machine. But, by all means - GO FOR IT! I finally purchased a mid-arm and frame last March, but some of the lessons I learned quilting on my domestic sewing machine were invaluable.

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    Your Brother most likely takes a generic low shank attachment - if so, my favorite darning/free-motion foot costs $3.

    It takes practice - a LOT of practice, sometimes. Not many people get up on water skis the first time they try, either. Don't give up.

    Get a Dry Erase board or a scribble pad and draw/doodle a design over and over until you can draw it upside down or sideways without even thinking about it. Practice filling up the whole space with that design. When you don't even have to think about where you're going to go next, put a practice sandwich on your machine and draw with the sewing machine. If it helps, draw the design on your practice sandwich with a water-erasable marker first.

    It's so much fun - jump in and go for it! :) And don't give up if it feels too difficult. The first quilts I made, my jaw would clench, my shoulders tensed up, my arms ached, I sweated and I would even hold my breath. Breathing is better. ;)

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    pdcakm, thanks, I seen the two different quilt feet but did't know they did different things. That's good to know, I will have to order both of them. I have a brother SE350 embroidery machine. I bought it last year. I love it. I have done alot of embroidery on it. I hadn't used it for anything more cause I have a wonderful singer sewing machine I use for everything else I sew. Thinking I may start using my little embroidery gal for more things now.

    Sadie, good idea to try small projects first. I have to remember to pace myself. I want to just jump in and do something really neat. I am not afraid to try new things tho so that is good. I make mistakes and learn from them that way. I am really interested in learning all I can about quilting. I have dabbled with baby quilts and lap blankets thru the years. I have always had quilted everything. Which is prolly why I never attempted anything bigger. It takes alot of time and my hand cramps after awhile. So machine quilting will be awesome when I learn how to do it. I will check out the tutorials.
    Thanks

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    Brother takes a generic foot, mine cost $9.00 at local sewing machine repair shop. Need to know how far rod is from plate and if slanted or not.

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    thepolyparrot, where do you find those $3 feet? The ones on the brother site are quite pricey.

    I am going to start with my machine I have, then if things go well maybe I can look into buying a new machine next year. My husband will prolly kill me if I bought another machine this year. Since my embroidery one was so expensive. But if I show him what I learn from everyone this year maybe he will let me get it next year. \
    lol I am so giddy, I want to get started right away. But Im finishing a baby quilt for my daughters friend. When it is done Im going to try making a paper piece top and use my machine to quilt it.
    I LOVE SEWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    So glad I asked about this. I am going to have to take a drive to town and check out the diff. quilt shops in the area.

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    Hi Sister golden hair. Welcome to the board. You may also wish to see if your local library has Harriett Hargrave's book "Heirloom Machine quilting" or a book by Diane Gaudynski titled "Guide to Machine Quilting". Both books offer tons of great tips and ideas for FMQ including input on types of thread, needles, easy practice things to do to start, how to pin baste your sandwich together and loads more. I learned a lot from both and bought both used on Amazon for really cheap. I referred to them a lot.

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    OK, I have a question. The responses so far have been for FMQ, which is great but, when I read your original post I'm wondering if you are actually asking about quilting with the embroidery unit? You can do FMQ on your singer too.

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    There are pre-printed fabrics that are plain white with just the quilting stencils printed. Designed to teach feathers, circle, swirls etc. I think they cost around $30 for two differnt panels. Oh wait ....

    http://www.keepsakequilting.com/productdetail/2875.htm

    There you go. Skillbuilder.

    Another option is to get a book with quilting patterns, get some tracing paper and transfer them yourself. Make a mess of pot holders to practice - then you have a stack of gifts ready for Christmas!!

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    I love FMG...I just get on my machine and go...just all curvy lines...can do a quilt in a few hours. I will do other designs after I get sick of the fun I am having. I started on my regular Kenmore...that was not computerized. Then the hubby upgraded my machine. You will have a blast!!!

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    I use the embroidery foot for FMQ. I have a brother PC8200 and the emb. foot works great.

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    Sistergoldenhair, Does that machine do a number of sizes of embroidery designs???
    I'm looking at getting one for embroidery only.
    Thanks for any help!
    Welcome to the board!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sistergoldenhair
    thepolyparrot, where do you find those $3 feet? The ones on the brother site are quite pricey.
    The ones on the Brother site are likely much better made - they're a different style entirely, but this little baby is really great. Smooth and provides really good visibility:
    http://shop.sew-classic.com/Low-Shan...t-SCF55417.htm

    Have fun! :)

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    Thank you Feline, I will check out my local library.

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    Paper Princess, I didn't know I could use my singer either. You see I am learning. lol Wouldn't you need a diff. foot for the singer too? I guess either one I use I need to buy a foot. Mine didn't come with a quilting foot. It is listed as optional in the manual.

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    Thank you Everyone for the advice and tips.

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    One good way to practice FMQ is to make a quilt sandwich using Fabric Panels. Most are not too big and you can quilt around the designs and pictures in the design.

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    Susan, My embroidery machine came with a medium size frame. it stitches patterns up to 4x4 inches. I can purchase a larger frame that will stitch 6x6 inch patterns. I love mine. I really dont think I would need the larger frame. And I only have a couple store bought patterns. There are so many sites that you can download patterns for free. I had to buy a card reader and a blank card to put the patterns on. I hope that is helpful. I got my embroidery machine last year. And I was working at the time so I didn't get to use it alot. But I love it.

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