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    Free motion quilting

    I am a very newbie to quilting and would like to try some free motion quilting, HOWEVER, I have been told that my machine must have a single hole throat plate which mine does not. I have checked with the manufacturer of the machine and they advise that they do not make a single hole. Any tips on what I might be able to do myself to alter this dilemna. This board has such expert quilters that I am hoping someone will be able to help. Thanks and I just love this board and all the knowledgeable quilters.
    Pauline Sandoval

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    You do not HAVE to have the single hole plate to fmq. In fact, the only thing the single hole plate helps me with is to stop your machine from chewing up the beginning edge of the fabric when piecing.
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    I don't use my single hole plate for FMQ, either, just when I'm having trouble with my machine wanting to eat the corners of some fabrics.

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    all you have to be able to do is drop or cover your feed dogs to free motion

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    I FMQ on a dinky Brother mechanical machine. Of course it doesn't look like the work done on a long arm or like work done by a real expert, but, it is very doable and I am usually pleased with the imperfect results. It doesn't have a single hole plate and the feed dogs don't drop. I just set the stitch length to zero. I used to cover the feed dogs with a supreme slider but, forgot a few times and never missed it. It really boils down to practice, practice, practice and what works for you.

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    A single hole plate will be a disadvantage to doing FMQing. I always have my zig zag plate on when I FMQ in case the needle is pushed/pulled a little off center. If you have the single hole plate on you will have to be super careful not to hit it and break the needle or knock the timing of your machine off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    A single hole plate will be a disadvantage to doing FMQing. I always have my zig zag plate on when I FMQ in case the needle is pushed/pulled a little off center. If you have the single hole plate on you will have to be super careful not to hit it and break the needle or knock the timing of your machine off.
    Boy, this is so true! Don't sweat the single hole plate -- I've never even heard that recommendation.

    Good luck, and just have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    A single hole plate will be a disadvantage to doing FMQing. I always have my zig zag plate on when I FMQ in case the needle is pushed/pulled a little off center. If you have the single hole plate on you will have to be super careful not to hit it and break the needle or knock the timing of your machine off.
    My Juki came with single hole plate and I've never had a problem with needles breaking because of it nor ever had a timing issue. I have other machines that don't have that plate and I fmq on those also. I only break needles when I sew over pins (I know, bad bad girl! Just a habit I acquired in 7th grade home ec that I can't seem to shake ). I think the problem with breaking needles on the plate when fmq is because you are pulling the fabric too fast.
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    my machine didn't come with a single hole throat plate. i've done fine without it.

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    This is a fantastic way to learn FMQ: http://www.craftsy.com/class/Beyond-...ne-Quilting/52
    and it's on sale for $19.95. One of the great things about these classes is that they are yours forever. Go thru the lessons as many times as you want. This is also has you make a wall hanging as you learn the skills.

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    You just need a darning foot and to cover or drop the feed dogs, either throat plate will do, have used both with no problem
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    I don't have a single hole plate either and don't miss it. I don't drop my feed dogs, just setting the stitch length to zero. That way they don't move.
    Craftsy has some great classes on FMQ I have the one mentioned before (Beyond basic machine quilting) but I recently bought Leah Days class on FMQ and it's fantastic.
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    I don't use my single hole plate, mainly because I always forget and break needles when changing the stitch to zigzag, etc. I also don't always lower the feed dogs. Sometimes it seems to give me a little better control when they are up. Maybe I am not a FMQuilter after all!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    A single hole plate will be a disadvantage to doing FMQing. I always have my zig zag plate on when I FMQ in case the needle is pushed/pulled a little off center. If you have the single hole plate on you will have to be super careful not to hit it and break the needle or knock the timing of your machine off.
    I could not agree more. I can not imagine doing FMQ with a single hole plate! Just the needles breaking , and the potential risk to damaging you machine ! Who ever told you that was NOT accurate .

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    Anael - which of the two Craftsy classes did you like best?

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    Thank you all for your advice. Sorry for posting the question twice but I wasn't sure I did it correctly. Thanks again, as mentioned before I LOVE this board. I am definitely going to give it a try (fmq). Happy Holidays to all.
    Pauline Sandoval

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    A single hole plate will be a disadvantage to doing FMQing. I always have my zig zag plate on when I FMQ in case the needle is pushed/pulled a little off center. If you have the single hole plate on you will have to be super careful not to hit it and break the needle or knock the timing of your machine off.
    So true....I ruined my single hole needle plate because i forgot to change it when I used a zig zag stitch....not worth it in my opinion.
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    I agree that you don't need a single hole plate to FMQ, but it sure helps with piecing. My FMQ machine is a straight stitch only machine so, of course, it's single hole and I've never hit the sides of the hole or broken a needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LavenderBlue View Post
    Anael - which of the two Craftsy classes did you like best?
    I like the Leah Day Class best. One of the difficult parts with FMQ is not knowing how to quilt blocks and she teaches you how to quilt different shapes within blocks or do a pattern on a whole block or even on a whole quilt. I hope you understand what I mean, it's hard to explain. She's always very quick in answering questions too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieR View Post
    Boy, this is so true! Don't sweat the single hole plate -- I've never even heard that recommendation.

    Good luck, and just have fun!
    My advice would be NOT to use the single hole plate for the same reasons that the others mentioned. IMO, you need to have it on zigzag...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GemState View Post
    I don't use my single hole plate, mainly because I always forget and break needles when changing the stitch to zigzag, etc. I also don't always lower the feed dogs. Sometimes it seems to give me a little better control when they are up.
    I have a single hole plate, but after breaking too many needles, I don't use it for quilting anymore. And, most of the time I also don't lower my feed dogs as I have better control. That might depend on your machine, maybe you will have to lower them, but you could try both ways and see which works best for you.

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    I agree on Leah Day's Craftsy class on FMQ. It is great. She has a special offer for it on her web page. She also has some free lessons on her web page doing FMQ. Craftsy will give you a brief preview of the class so check it out.

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    You can do great FMQing without the single hole plate. Just give it a shot and you'll be surprise. Remember, that like everything else, it takes lots of practice and practice makes perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    A single hole plate will be a disadvantage to doing FMQing. I always have my zig zag plate on when I FMQ in case the needle is pushed/pulled a little off center. If you have the single hole plate on you will have to be super careful not to hit it and break the needle or knock the timing of your machine off.
    A single needle plate will NOT be disadvantage, but its also not necessary. I like the single needle plate for piecing, and keep it on for FMQ, but you don't have to have it. I'm concerned that if you're pulling your fabric so much it's out of the single needle hole, you're not sewing as fast as you're moving. You may need to speed up your machine a bit, or you'll start breaking needles just by pulling them to the side.

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    I don't use a single hole plate--probably because I'm too lazy to switch them and I've had no problems.

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