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Thread: Getting rid of the dreaded drag when fmq

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    Getting rid of the dreaded drag when fmq

    I have a sit down juki 2200 QVP. I have problems with quilting smoothly on large quilts. I do have an extension table on left side that helps. My main problem is with the front of the quilt. I just canít seem to get it positioned correctly to push smoothly when fmq. Any ideas?

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    I keep it fluffed up in my lap and I do have to stop to refluff a lot.
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    I keep as much of the quilt as possible loosely folded in my lap, which is great in the winter but too warm in the summer. Possibly bring in a second chair next to you to help share the load.

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    There is a HQ educator who puts a small pillow with a slick surface in her lap to keep the quilt from getting "hung up" there.
    QuiltingVagabond aka Kathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingVagabond View Post
    There is a HQ educator who puts a small pillow with a slick surface in her lap to keep the quilt from getting "hung up" there.
    I love that idea! Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judyliving View Post
    I have a sit down juki 2200 QVP. I have problems with quilting smoothly on large quilts. I do have an extension table on left side that helps. My main problem is with the front of the quilt. I just can’t seem to get it positioned correctly to push smoothly when fmq. Any ideas?
    I recently took an FMQ class and the teacher said that she looped the quilt over her shoulder to keep it from dragging in the front.
    Patrice S

    Bernina Artista 180, Singer 301a, Featherweight Centennial, Rocketeer, Juki 2200 QVP Mini, White 1964 Featherweight

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    One of the best ways to eliminate drag is to suspend the quilt. Leah Day uses elastic cords hung from the ceiling, with clamps on the quilt. Alternatively, you can hang quilt "suspenders" from a frame. The Jenoop is no longer made, but many people have constructed their own from PVC. Here is a link to a Youtube video that shows how the Jenoop works:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJGph8am6BE&t=29s

    And here is a link to Leah Day's site:
    https://freemotionquilting.blogspot....ang-it-up.html

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    I have tried the hanging system. What a hassle!
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    Have you tried:
    1. putting a table behind your sewing table so the quilt just runs flat off your sewing table
    2. putting a pool noodle between your table and the wall and letting your quilt run up the wall (as opposed to off the end of the table and down)?
    Both of these things have worked for me at one time or another. Right now I'm finding #2 the best for my limited space.

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    I have the Jenn-loop and love it for when I quilt on my smaller machine. Had no idea they were no longer being made....wonder why?

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    I put something to my left to catch a lot of excess quilt. Something as high as the table works best. An ironing board works slick. Mine moves up and down to where I want it and is easy to move. A chair will help a little but a small table such as a sturdy TV table would be better.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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    I use two ironing boards: one for behind and one to the left to control my quilt.

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    I use the "pillow in the lap" method. I stuff my pillow into a nylon windbreaker.
    My quilts get hung up really bad in the area between the front lip of the sew steady table, and the edge of the table it is on. I'm thinking pool noodle will help that. Next one I quilt, I'll try that too.

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    I have a HQ Sweet Sixteen and added a 7inch board secured underneath with steel plates to the HQ table. When I sit at my machine the addition just nests against my stomach so nothing drops in my lap.

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    My daughter bought a design from Patsy Thompson, approx $100. that uses bungee cords at the back of the quilt table to suspend the quilt. She said it worked very well.

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