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Thread: I just cant get it!!!!

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    Unhappy I just cant get it!!!!

    I have watched a gazillion FMQ videos and tutorials, wont even post my "trial sandwiches", will I ever ever get the hang of it..............arrrrgh!!!!
    Shirley Cooper

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    do not give up and have Faith it will come to you. I have praticed a little ont he juki I just bought and going to do a whole project on it soon.

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    Keep practicing.. I thought I wasn't getting it, but then all of a sudden I noticed it happening.. I used different colored thread to go over the practice pieces, just to get used to the motions.. I take new sandwiches to evaluate the quality.
    Barri

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    I have gained a lot of confidence stitching feathers and more from Patsy Thompson videos. Her website is http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/ She is very good-if I can do it, anyone can. You can see portions of her teaching on youtube.
    Have fun!

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    It does take time. I have the basics down an am now practicing feathers. My brain is having a hard time with feathers because my brain wants to make them "logically" (stem up, then form top of feather and loop down - instead of forming bottom of feather then looping up). So I'm practicing at work while on the phone doodling so I get the "muscle memory" at least of the sequence. I don't know why feathers are kicking my butt, but they are, and I'm determined to kick it's butt!
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    My daughter and I have learned a lot from Leah Day. We bought her kit with the Supreme Slider, gloves and bobbin washers. We also have switched to using Isacord embroidery thread to FMQ with, she recommends it.

    Neenee

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    Grammy, I'm right there with you. I've been trying and practicing for 2 yrs (think FMQ was my first question on this board) and it still hasn't "clicked". The only way I can machine quilt is to draw the quilting lines with chalk and templates and then straight sew on the lines. I've always assumed it was a Senior Blonde thing with me--I'm so glad I'm not the only one who can't get it!
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    hey, don't knock yourself out.....even those of us who longarm had trouble FM at first and somedays still do!!!!!!!I am sure we use chalk and templates occasionally too - at least I admit to doing that. Do what you want to the way that works for you...........enjoy the process.......make it your own.....

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    Grammy1231, I totally understand what you are saying!!!! In every practice piece I have made, there are a gazillion mistakes and it always looks awful to me. I recently tried Free Motion Machine Embroidery, also known as thread painting. I fell in love and has boosted my confidence ratio sky high. I recommend trying it. It is similiar, yet different from FMQ yet you are learning how to control all aspects of your thread, material...plus your hand coordination, your machine speed. Check out Patsy Thompson, Terry White and Nancy Prince. Plus there are a lot of other videos on You tube on FMmachine Embroidery. I hope this helps.
    Brenda

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    Don't try to rush it and it will come to you. I tried and tried and tried and tried, then it clicked and I have been doing it ever since. I like to use good FM gloves, and I cut the fingertips out.

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    I know you've heard it said before: Practice, Practice, Practice.

    Perhaps you can find a local class on FMQ-ing. After all, we all have different learning styles. In a class the instructor can see what you are doing and help you where you need it. Videos and YouTube are great but sometimes the 'hands on' environment is best.

    Please check your LQS"s for such a class. Or if need be ... take a road trip to where such a class is offered.

    happy Quilting,
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    I am slowly improving my skills in FMQ. The best aid I have found for me was fusible quilt batt. I don't have anymore wrinkles on the backs of quilts. A lot of people like the spray basting too. They both seems to stablize the sandwich so you have one less thing to worry about. I find my machinger gloves really helpful too. They aid in moving the fabric under the needle. Do you have a machine with variable speed you can set? That really helps as you can sew at a consistent speed without worrying about going too fast or too slow. Without the particulars of your FMQ problems that is all I can think of. As others have mentioned, there are lots of really good videos on the web. Keep at it and don't give up!

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    I'm guessing from your name that you have accomplished a few years of sewing, either quilting or apparel. I think my biggest problem with FMQ was coming from years of sewing. I wanted to do everything forward. Give yourself permission to sew sideways and backwards. Once I did that my FMQ was possible. Practice your desired out come, curls or whatever, on any surface with the index finger of your dominant hand - there's a correlation bewteen that finger and the brain. A slightly textured surface might be better. Don't go to the machine until the motion feels smooth on your practice board.

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    I found this book: One Line at a Time: 24 Geometric Machine-Quilting Designs Made Easy by Charlotte Warr Andersen.

    It is in Kindle format for under $10 at Amazon. You don't need a Kindle you can read it on your computer.





    It has changed my machine quilting. I'ts perfect stitches everytime. I noticed she has a new book with more patterns out now.
    Got fabric?

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    Thanks Bellaboo, I've put it on my wishlist.

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    Thanks for the link. I need to practice too. This morning I was doodling feathers, hmmm, still need practice.
    Quote Originally Posted by annemarcellis View Post
    I have gained a lot of confidence stitching feathers and more from Patsy Thompson videos. Her website is http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/ She is very good-if I can do it, anyone can. You can see portions of her teaching on youtube.
    Have fun!
    Charlie DiSante

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    Yes I believe you will get it one day it will just click well that's the way it was with me. I am still not real good at it but good enough to do my quilts. Every quilt is a learning experience.

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    Not if you keep telling yourself that. Do I have to go over the little engine that could again?

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    Just don't give up trying. One day, you will realize that it is coming together, you are getting the results you wanted, bit by bit.
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    Don't give up, watch Patsy Thompson videos, Leah Day etc.... If your machine has a speed setting, set it low. Practice on small pieces first. Good Luck !

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    I've never tried it. But, it is probably just like everythig else. Practice makes perfect!
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    Don't give up! The first time I tried FMQ was my first two quilts and they were queen-king. They were for my DD and DDIL and wanted them done by a Christmas, maybe a year after I pieced them. A little afraid but, I did it and both recipients were pleased and so was I. It may take a while, give it a try!

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    Oh don't give up. FMQ takes a whole lot of practice to master. As of now, all I can do are swirls and meandering. The first time I tried, it was a total disaster. I didn't even try again for months. Then one day I decided that I was going to learn this no matter what and I did. Just keep on practicing and you will get it. Good luck.
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    Leah Day is doing a Free Motion Quilt a long this year. Each week is a new video. She is an excellent teacher and even though I've FMq for a long time and never really got past the meander and I might never be as good as Leah, I'm starting at the beginning with the basics. Look up the videos and start at the beginning - it's not too late to catch up!
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    I've completed a couple FMQing projects and they are just stippling. The others have been using a template and then quilting over the lines. I can tell you to relax when you're attempting to FMQ. The more rigid and stiff you are the more problems you may have. Practice, relax and enjoy it. It doesn't matter how many years someone has been doing this they still have bad days and nothing works correctly. I got ready to FMQ my 30's reproduction fabric quilt and it didn't matter what I tried nothing worked. I ripped out so many stitches that I finally threw up my hands and got out the hand quilting hoop. Don't give up....hang in there!!!
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