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Thread: I'm having trouble learning FMQ

  1. #1
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    Sep 2011
    I have three older sewing machines, that have the piece that covers the feed dogs. I can't get the FM embroidery/darning foot to fit. There is no room for the sandwich under the foot. I have adjusted the foot, but it is still touching my feed dog cover. Do I just use a hoop, without a foot? This is the way I've done FM machine embroidery, years ago. Or, do I try to order feet that might fit my machines? Please help! I have three wall hangings and two baby quilts, that need to be quilted, and I don't want to hand quilt them.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Sturbridge, Ma
    order the foot that fits your machine. I don't believe you can adjust the one you have. There should be one even tho your machine is older as the darning foot has been around a long time - long before we discovered it for quilting.

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    Power Poster erstan947's Avatar
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    Feb 2010
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    I would do an online search for the correct foot. It sound like you might need a short shank foot. If we knew the machine brand and model number we might could help better.

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    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
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    Nov 2009
    Mableton, GA
    If you get the correct foot, try skipping the feed dog cover and set the stitch length to zero. That's what I do.

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    Senior Member sammygirlqt's Avatar
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    Feb 2011
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    I FMQ on a treadle and an electric 15-91. The feed dogs don't drop on the treadle so I just zero out the stitch length. The other machine the feed dogs drop and I zero out the stitch length. Even my bells and whistle Bernina 183 I don't drop the feed dogs, just zero out, don't have so many tension issues. Good luck.

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