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Thread: FREE-MOTION QUILTING

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    do you do free- motion quilting with a walking foot or the reg. foot on your machine ?

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    you can only use the walking foot for straight line quilting, otherwise use your darning foot. it's the round one

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    i use a darning foot on my bernina,but a regular foot will work...but go to fons&porter site-they had a fellow that had made a small frame - that he of rolled his quilt on then sat at the side of his machine& did a fantastic job of quilting

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    I am guessing you are talking about John Flynn. He sells plans for those machine frames on his website. He uses PVC pipes and sells the end things to keep them together. I had the oppoturnity to meet him and attend one of his lectures. He passed his quilts around while he spoke. I couldn't believe what beautiful work he does! He was an engineer who designed bridges and took up hand quilting when his wife showed an interest in the art. He has also designed a hand quilting frame, also available on his web site. Both his hand and machine quilting are amazing. I would suggest you do a google search for his site, as I do not have it bookmarked.

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    An open-toed foot would be good if you have one. You need good visability. When I had a Viking sewing machine I used a foot that was for sewing on buttons.

    Judy

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    I use a darning foot that came with my machine.

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    I use my darning foot - and remember to put the feed dogs down so it's easier to change directions.
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    sue

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    What little bit of this I've done, I have used the "quilting foot". I think that is what everyone else here is calling the "darning foot". ??? It is listed as a "quilting foot" in my manual.
    I have used the walking foot for following lines on fabric.

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    I believe they are one in the same. I have a 1/4" and a 1/5" quilting foot that basically looks like a circle.

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    You'd use your darning foot.

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    I noticed they were using the darning foot on the machine I bought. Are there any techniques that you could suggest to make the free motion quilting look more interesting? I've seen some amazing work done this way but then too I've seen some pretty awful results as well.

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    I seen a darning foot on a show a while back that has a place to guide thread, yarn, cording, etc... through so you can quilt and embelish at the same time.

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    Hi, Steve
    To get interesting designs when free-motion quilting, you have to practice, practice, practice. I like to follow the design in my fabric at times. Sometimes I will quilt the name of the person the quilt is for. Or other stuff, depending on who it is for, and the theme of the quilt.
    Debra

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    You can also do it with no foot and the gloves.

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    :? I tried it without a foot when i first started and the fabric just poped poped up with the needle every time, the darning foot is the quilting foot and I do LOVE My Machine Quilting it's sooo Fun!!!!Bbj

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    I had the same experience as you did Beeflower, when I tried to m-quilt on my Singer 301 without a foot. The book said you could do it that way so I tried. I was able to get a darning foot for it and now it quilts beautifully for such an old machine. I wouldn't want to do anything large on it as the throat area is not all that big, but it makes nice stitches so on a small project it would be fun to use it. :)

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    lin,


    I also have a Singer 301. I call it my featherweights bigger sister!! LOL They are an amazing machine and you can't find a better stitch anywhere other than the featherweight. JMO. Where were you able to find a darning foot for yours? I would love to be able to free motion with mine. Debbie

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    luvmy~look for a pm from me. :)

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    I use my BSR with my Bernina and love it !!

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