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Thread: Has anyone ever

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    practiced machine quilting w/out fabric? Just using a worn needle and some paper. No thread in bobbin or machine. I know this probably sounds stupid but?? :roll:

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    I have not done it, but I have heard that it is a good way to practice.

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    I've heard of doing it before also. I think it's a great idea since all you're "wasting" is an old needle and some paper.

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    sounds 'intelligent' to me - worth a try. I only practiced on scraps sandwiched & always hated to see all that wasted thread.

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    This is actually how my mom taught me to sew , she did not want us wasting good fabric. We used scrap paper. It was great to get the speed and control of the machine first before the actual fabric was used.

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    This is actually how my mom taught me to sew , she did not want us wasting good fabric. We used scrap paper. Some times she would draw curvy lines or straight lines that turned 90 degrees .. and we had to sew on the line. It was great to get the speed and control of the machine first before the actual fabric was used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    This is actually how my mom taught me to sew , she did not want us wasting good fabric. We used scrap paper. It was great to get the speed and control of the machine first before the actual fabric was used.
    Ditto!

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    Self taught and never heard of this????
    I like it alot...... no wasting material........ Teaching myself to free motion quilt. Thank you for this TIP.........

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    I will keep this in mind as I am dedicating 2011 to learning to quilt so that I can finally finish all of my projects

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    It would be great for getting a feel for it, but not a total substitute for using practice quilt sandwiches.
    Paper is different from the actual thing :wink: :D:D:D

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    this is how we were taught in home ec class in school. Of course we were just trying to sew straight lines at the time, but it worked great and I think its awesome for FMQ. never thought of using this technique, but sounds perfect.

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    But using thread helps you understand the importance of tension, top and bottom. Especially when using threads of a different weight in the bobbin. For me, those experiments took a lot longer to figure out then how to move the fabric at the same speed

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    My machine will not sew without the thread in the needle it just beeps at me!! So I have to use thread!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magdalena
    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    This is actually how my mom taught me to sew , she did not want us wasting good fabric. We used scrap paper. It was great to get the speed and control of the machine first before the actual fabric was used.
    I used newspaper and thread.
    Ditto!

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    I think paper would handle much differently. It might actually be harder to get used to FMQ with fabric after you've practiced with paper. If you're concerned about wasting fabric, you might try using water soluble thread and remove it after each practice session. All you have to do to remove it is spray the area with water, wait a few seconds, and the thread will dissolve.

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    I remember doing that in Home Ec in 7th grade (which, believe me, was a v-e-r-y long time ago). We practiced stitching straight lines.

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    It is a great way to practice I have done it while practicing with my longarm machine, I have even printed out designs on paper to get more realistic feel for the practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magdalena
    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    This is actually how my mom taught me to sew , she did not want us wasting good fabric. We used scrap paper. It was great to get the speed and control of the machine first before the actual fabric was used.
    Ditto!
    Ditto for me too!

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    I already do some fmq. But I want to learn how to do the fancy stuff. I need to learn how to follow the directions on the motifs.

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