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Keeping FMQ stitches even

Old 06-06-2013, 09:44 AM
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Default Keeping FMQ stitches even

I've been attempting to do FMQ for the past 2 years and it's really not getting into me. I can't keep my curves even when sewing circles and stitches are never even. The biggest problem I have is not knowing the direction the needle should go and I always get caught in a corner. All quilters say practice makes perfect but perhaps FMQ is just not for me.

Is there any advice on how I could have more even stitches...should I go faster, slower etc? I need lots of help here before I give up on FMQ totally.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:19 AM
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If you can practise this. Middle speed with no foot control. Keep feet up and just try. At different speeds ,oing the fabric .i tried this. And it did help. Rules are all wrong but it is one way of getting use to just the fabric move.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:26 AM
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I bought my Bernina with the stitch regulator because I was frustrated with my micro stitches. It isn't fool proof but my stitches are much better. If you have a speed control on your machine, set it at the speed you FMQ best at. You can put your pedal to the metal and just worry about your hands moving the quilt. I found this the most helpful before I got the BSR.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:03 AM
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I have found using the stop and start button on my Janome 6600 and having the speed at medium - medium slow allows me to concentrate on just moving the fabric - it's helping to make my stitches more consistent.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:29 AM
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Try free motion quilting with the feed dogs up. I tend to pull the fabric when I was free motion quilting, and I would end up pulling the needle etc. and you just don't get good results when you pull the fabric. See if this helps.
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:01 PM
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Feed dogs up helps a lot and going very slow at first. I thought I was going slow enough this morning and noticed a few "eyelashes" on the back on some curves. Leah Day has started keeping her feed dogs up.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:35 PM
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My FMQ stitches are not always the same size. Important thing is to be relaxed and try to move hands to match machine speed. Hands a bit slower than machine is going. Once the quilt is washed and dried, it isn't that noticeable.
Just keep doing it and it will get better.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:33 PM
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The way I started is: Sew a line (regular settings) just as if you were sewing a garment. Go slower than usual and feel the rhythm of the fabric feeding, and the needle going into the fabric, pierce, pierce, etc the fabric. When you feel you have that, take a fabric sandwich and do the FMQ going the same speed, feeling the pierce, pierce of the fabric, moving the fabric (FD down, FMQ settings) just a little so that you feel each stitch. You can go faster as you start feeling the rhythm. You'll know when you are going too fast. It will take a while to find the zone. Good luck.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:52 PM
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Try this: http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...g-t177072.html

I found that doing this really gives me better control of where I'm going with my free motion quilting. Maybe it will help you too!
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:24 PM
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I need to find ways to continue to motivate myself & not feel discouraged. I'm on medium speed now and most stitches look really long. Some quilters say going faster should shorten the stitches, is this true? The quilting machine I'm using didn't make it all easier. I'm using Janome 6320 & I've been getting tension issues since I started, even the service centre couldn't figure out what's wrong. Perhaps it's time to upgrade my machine.
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