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Thread: I have Finally figured out FMQ

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    I have Finally figured out FMQ

    I have struggled for a long time trying to get comfortable doing FMQ. The last time I tried it (just before Christmas), I decided that I hated it, and was done with it.

    I was chatting with someone at work who does it, and she asked me if I used the spring action or the floating. I had no idea what she meant (I have seen both options on my sewing machine, but didn't really explore the difference!)

    Well, I was trying to get it using the spring loaded method ... I tried the free motion floating ... what a difference! I just did three feather borders doing free motion floating, and it was awesome and easy!!!

    I think I am onto something!!!!!

    So for those of you out there struggling, see if you can try another option like I had ... who knows, you might like it!

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    Don’t you just love those lightbulb moments? I had one myself today, and it has renewed my quilting energy! Post some pix of your quilting please!

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    Great that you found something that works for you!
    I much prefer the floating foot myself.

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    Here's some pics ... i figured it out doing the applique. The cockatoos are with the spring action, and I was really unhappy with, and put this away for a couple of days. Then I tried the floating motion and did the borders. There's a lot of empty space at the bottom because I am bringing this to the parrot sanctuary I volunteer at and want to write the cockatoos names on it!

    The other one is the slip knot wall hanging that I did because I loved the fabric, and I tried FMQ on it - it's not perfect, but it's not horrible, and I actually enjoyed doing it!

    Thanks for looking,

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    Wow! Yes, you have figured out how to FMQ! Nicely done! And I love that there is a parrot sanctuary! So many wonderful opportunities that we can contribute to with our time and talents. Thumbs up!

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    great quilting! good for you. I don't understand what do you mean by "floating"?

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    So glad you didn't give up beautiful wall hangings and quilting!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meyert View Post
    great quilting! good for you. I don't understand what do you mean by "floating"?
    Ditto! Does floating mean your presser foot raises automatically a smidgen when you lift your foot and stop sewing? Clarification would be great!
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    Great job on this! What machine do you have?

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    I don't understand floating either.

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    Great work, have not seen or heard anything about a floating foot for FMQ.
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    Yes, I am also wondering what you mean by floating foot for FMQ.
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    Congratulations, great FMQ 👍👌

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    Good read: https://www.google.com/search?q=floa...TLi4GYAw_1:365

    http://www.sewmamasew.com/2014/04/free-motion-quilting-feet-guide-start-free-motion-quilting-class-giveaway/
    Last edited by FabQuilter; 01-12-2018 at 10:57 PM.

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    Congrats and thanks for the tip!

    Your FMQ looks great, I wouldn't have believed that you were just learning it if you hadn't told us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DACO48 View Post
    I don't understand floating either.
    By floating, I think it's possible they may be referring to something like the Pfaff machines have called Sensormatic. It's a floating free motion foot instead of the spring action type. As far as I know, Pfaff is the only make machines making this type foot. I love my Pfaff but can't get the hang of the Sensormatic so am considering buying the spring action foot.
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    I have a Viking Designer 1 and I think that it has a "floating" option on it. My machine does come with a FMQ foot that is not a spring action. And there is a setting for FMQ. I can use either foot on it.
    Last edited by Kath12; 01-13-2018 at 06:11 AM.
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    I also don't know the difference between them. I'm only a year into FMQ.

    Marionsquilts- your work is wonderful!! So glad you found what works for you. Yay!!

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    I learned with the floating foot and thought I would do the spring loaded and I think I should go back to the floating as I also seemed to be happier with that. I haven't been wanting to FMQ since using the spring loaded. Thank you for this reminder.

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    Thanks for the tip! Your border came out great!

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    I modified my spring action to a floating.

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    It feels great to get to the next level, doesn't it? I remember when I figured some of the FMQ out. It's only getting better from here on.

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    Here's one for Janome...The foot doesn't move up and down, it stays stationary just slightly above the fabric. Those springs you see are to adjust the height, not so that it moves.

    http://janome.com/en/accessories/sewing-machine-feet/convertible-freemotion-/



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    Quote Originally Posted by Watson View Post
    Here's one for Janome...The foot doesn't move up and down, it stays stationary just slightly above the fabric. Those springs you see are to adjust the height, not so that it moves.

    http://janome.com/en/accessories/sewing-machine-feet/convertible-freemotion-/


    Thank you!

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    Leah Day has a you tube on how to modify a regular free motion foot. Check it out. I tried this & it really made a big difference.

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...C193&FORM=VIRE

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