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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaFreak View Post
    Thanks everyone for your replies! A lady in my quilters guild let me use an older machine of her's so I could practice FMQ on it. I took it by the shop where she has it serviced and the foot I was told I needed was $38.99! I couldn't afford to pay that even if I actually owned the machine! She did show me how to raise the shank so the foot isn't touching the fabric though, so maybe I can practice a bit using the regular foot?

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    I think that's definitely worth a try. Why brand and model of machine is it? I bet it can take a generic foot.

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    Two reasons: The sandwich has a tendency to pull up with the needle as it comes out and you end up with strange tension and stitches. The second reason, so you don't sew/stab your finger, hand or arm.
    Some embroiderers don't use a foot - with special care and tension but is is not usually recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary View Post
    I finally took a class in FMQ and this was what worked for me: Presser foot tension to 0, stitch length 0, open toed applique foot (to see where you are going). Feed dogs up. I can now FMQ! The hopping foot drove me crazy but this method works like a dream! The class was taught by a local award winning quilter who quilts all of hers on a domestic machine.
    Feed dogs UP? I would have to see that technique to understand it. I have a Bernina and the darning foot does not "hop." Leaving the feed dogs up would not allow smooth motion. My roomate has a Brother and hers hops. We don't do well exchanging machines so I guess it's all in what you are comfortable with.
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    i have a walking foot for my brother but have not tried to FMQ as of yet

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    If you don't want to use a darning foot...you can buy a needle with a spring on it. Any fabric store will have them on the notions wall. It keeps your fabric from hopping up and you can thread paint with it quite well. A rather cheap alternative to an expensive foot. It does take some practice to get the technique right but if you have some experience with free motion the learning curve is short.
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    Your question was a good one and I am glad it was asked because I have wondered the same thing. Thanks for the good answers.
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    301A can do it but the top fabric tends to 'flag' around the needle unless you have project in a hoop. this works for small design, would not free motion quilt this way..IMHO...just to likely to cause injury....which would interferr with fun (aka sewing) time. have never tried it with the BERNINA 1630 because she has every foot made (such a Diva).

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    Quote Originally Posted by faykilgore View Post
    Feed dogs UP? I would have to see that technique to understand it. I have a Bernina and the darning foot does not "hop." Leaving the feed dogs up would not allow smooth motion. My roomate has a Brother and hers hops. We don't do well exchanging machines so I guess it's all in what you are comfortable with.
    I have a Bernina 1230 and have only done FMQ with a hopping foot (darning foot) on it. I have used it both with feed dogs down and feed dogs up. Feed dogs up gives better control with some quilt sandwiches. Feed dogs up may not work with a non-spring FMQ type foot. It really depends on your machine. Some machines FMQ easier with feed dogs up.

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    I have removed the foot upon occasion when I've wanted to sew really close to a bulky item such as a buckle that wouldn't fit under a presser foot.
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    The foot goes up and down with the movement of the needle. It does touch and hold down the fabric while the needle is in the fabric. It just doesn't in conjunction with the feed dogs, hence you are the feed dogs and you move the fabric. Hope this helps.

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    I am unsure what type of machine you have but my FMQ foot is adjustable. i can turn a screw on the top of it that will allow the foot part to go closer to the layers of fabric. I have a Janome Horizon and 6600
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