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Thread: meandering FMQ pattern

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    I read about the Supreme Slider on this thread and ordered it from the Clotilde catalogue. It just came in this week and haven't used it yet but looks like it would be helpful. It was 27.95

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    I am learning so much from everyone on this board ... I'm especially loving this particular tip ... thank you thank you :thumbup:

    Sorry ... this is the first time I've attempted to reply ... I though the reply would be affixed to the original message .... the tip I appreciate is to use paper towels to make a practice square ... I just did it and it worked beautifully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmaForFour
    Practice is the key. An inexpensive way to do that is to double over some substantial paper towel and practice on that on your machine. You will only have used some thread instead of good fabric. You also save time not having to make the sandwiches.

    This is a trick I learned in sewing class in Jr. High School for regular sewing lessons and it will work here also. WOW! Now that I think of it I learned it back in 1952! Guess I am getting older. LOL
    GREAT idea.....I've always got paper towels!

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    I am currently attempting to quilt my daughter's quilt....it's not looking really great but I want it done and so does she! all I care about is that it will go through the wash and it's giving me good practice. I'll post a picture when I'm done! (I'm using a thread that matches the back perfectly...LOL!!) thanks for all the tips from everyone! I love all the help I get on here, it's wonderful! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rymer
    thanks ladies!! I got my quilting foot tonight and I made an attempt....do you have any idea why this is happening? here is a picture of the front and back. any clue? I have a Brother XR52, so I don't lower the feed dogs, I have a plate that covers them.
    My machines will do this in one of two situations:

    1. I forgot to lower the presser foot, yes, even when freemotion because the presser foot down on ALL machines engages the upper thread tension.

    2. Or, my upper thread has slipped off the upper looper where it comes down toward the needle thread path from the top of the machine.

    You probably already know that this is an upper thread tension problem.

    Check those two things, give it another try, and remember to put the presser foot down :mrgreen:

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    Oh geesh, I can't begin to tell you how many times I have forgotten to put the pressure foot down! Duh...oh well...the front was lookin' good :D .

    You've gotten some great tips here with the most important being..practice, practice. I would only add...relax...breath....really, it will all turn out just great and it will look fantastic after the first washing. AND...think of all the fabric you can buy with the money you save quilting your own small quilts! :lol:

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    I have had this happen when my machine wasn't threaded correctly. The thread comes out of the take-up lever. On my longarm it looks like that if I forget to put the hopping foot down. It's a waste of thread. But it picks out pretty easily.

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    When I do a meandering pattern, I try to get three different shapes in my mind, none of those shapes have more than three loops (or whatever you want to call that shape, maybe a 'u' shape) going in one direction before I change directions. And remember what you see when you have your nose to the needle is not what you see when you look at if from a foot away.
    Give it at least one try on a practice 'sandwich' just to figure out your speed, but remember, it will be harder to manhandle a larger piece than that little square.

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    where can i get some of that backing fabric with the wash away design on it do you have a link?
    thanks
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    I don't have a Brother but I had the same problem when I did some FMQ and I would have to stop and rethread the top. It was very annoying. It would do ok on the practice squares but once I did it on the quilt somehow I was doing something to make the top thread jump it's threading position. Now I'm gun shy but I'm going to try again soon.I also had flannel on the back of the quilt and someone told me that could have been the issue as it doesn't slide as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rymer
    thanks ladies!! I got my quilting foot tonight and I made an attempt....do you have any idea why this is happening? here is a picture of the front and back. any clue? I have a Brother XR52, so I don't lower the feed dogs, I have a plate that covers them.

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    Oh and here is my FMQ mantra for squiggles.....Big Head, Little neck....Big head...little neck...It helps me keep the shape right.

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    Memathomas,
    I was the one who said I use wash-a-away to do meandering. You don't buy it printed on wash-a-away. Our can purchases a meandering pattern at the quilt shops (comes on a roll and looks a little like interfacing or light weight paper) and you trace it onto wash-a-away.

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    I have this happen when I forget to lower the foot. Since the FMQ foot sits above the fabric even in the down position I sometimes forget to lower it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Oh and here is my FMQ mantra for squiggles.....Big Head, Little neck....Big head...little neck...It helps me keep the shape right.
    I say "peace man", looks like two fingers and thumb, "dino shape" and "pistol".

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    Those are good ones, I hadn't thought of it like that :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I got started by lots and lots of doodles with pencil and paper. It was a lot cheaper than making sandwiches of fabric and batting to practice on. I doodled large meanders, then medium ones and finally small ones. I doodled on newspapers, old envelopes, the backs of letters etc. until my hand/eye coordination was really comfortable with where to go and how not to get 'caught' in odd shapes. When I was really happy on paper, that was when I did the sandwich thing and praticed with fabric. At that point, I knew all about where to go with the pattern, so I only had to get the speed/stitch length sorted. Hope that helps.

    i did the same thing...doodles while on waiting "on hold" @ work...then when i liked what i was coming up with on a regular basis, i picked up some inexpensive black fabric and varigated threads in each of my kids favorite colors and went to town with it. then i cut the quilted pieces to fit my dining room chairs and used them up as chair pads. so i had something for my effort, but really didn't care if the kids or grandkids dumped spagetti on it... and each kid liked having thier favorite color!

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    HELP!!!!!! I don't know if any of you are still watching this thread, but will ask anyway. I took a class on FMQ last week and was using an embroidery foot that is plastic and enclosed. I want to get an open toe quilting/darning foot, but don't know what one to get. I have a Sears Kenmore machine 385 19365990. It does some embroidery, but the size of a zig zag. I found 2 open toed feet at Searspartsdirect on line, but don't know which I need, or if they will work with my machine. I tried calling the Sears Parts Dept, and can't get help there as they don't have a listing of the parts, they are just listed on line. The first one is for Embroidery/Sewing machines and the other one is for Verticle and Horizontal Sewing Machines...What are they? My machine was purchased in 2002, if that helps. In it's book, no open toe feet are shown, except for the walking foot. I know this is long, but can anyone help me decide if one of these will work, or if not, where I might be able to get one that will. I don't normally order on line, and went to the Sears store first, but they weren't much help. Thank you. Janis

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    I'm probably not going to be a huge amount of help, but if your machine does do embroidery/sewing, then I think you would be ok going with that one. The good thing about Sears is that you could actually just get both...then return what didn't fit or you didn't like.....why are you getting the open toe? For FMQ...I use a closed toe (when using an open toe..sometimes the open arm part can get hung up in the threads, pokes the trapunto..etc.) When I am doing just straight quilting..a Walking Foot is MUCH better. Hope you get it figured out though...good luck!

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    I thought that with the open toe, I might be able to see what I was doing better. Or aren't you supposed to be watching that part? Maybe I should focus on where I want to go next instead. I have the walking foot for straight stitching. Maybe I should try working with that and the embroidery foot first and get used to them. I didn't think about being able to get caught in spots with the open toe foot, but it makes sence.

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    Well, I think everyone develops their own way to do it...there is no "right" or "wrong" in my book. I generally do try to watch where I'm going next though more so than where I am...if that makes sense.

    Maybe just spend some more time playing around and you will find what is comfortable for you...thats what you should go with :D

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    Oh Rymer, your bottom tension is too loose, that's an easy fix. But, boy is it frustrating when it happens!

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    Thanks, I've just had the one 2hr lesson-sewing time so far. Maybe I just need to practice a lot. I like the idea others said of doodleing on paper and getting the eye/hand going together. I've also thought of using paper and an empty needle on my machine and meandering or other things on the scrap paper. That way I'm not using thread or material and can just practice. The holes would show where I've been. How would that work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I got started by lots and lots of doodles with pencil and paper. It was a lot cheaper than making sandwiches of fabric and batting to practice on. I doodled large meanders, then medium ones and finally small ones. I doodled on newspapers, old envelopes, the backs of letters etc. until my hand/eye coordination was really comfortable with where to go and how not to get 'caught' in odd shapes. When I was really happy on paper, that was when I did the sandwich thing and praticed with fabric. At that point, I knew all about where to go with the pattern, so I only had to get the speed/stitch length sorted. Hope that helps.
    Good idea...I hear using a white board is also very helpful for the practice. One instructor I know says she keeps it next to her while she's quilting, and runs thru the patterns first on the white board.

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    Esqmommy, that sounds good, having a white board to doodle on, and fun too. I'll have to get one. I had a hard time trying to figure out your name, until I thought about my daughter being a lawyer too... duh!
    One book I read had stressed the open toe foot, so that was why I was trying to find one. They even suggested cutting a plastic one open to use.. Think of rough edges on the cut plastic!!! Maybe I just need to work with what I have first. I also have a Brother/Disney embroidery sewing machine I bought from a friend, so I looked at the attachments for that. The embroidery foot there is closed too. Maybe I wouldn't like the open toe one after I got it.

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    Try adjusting your bobbin tension. If it too loose it will make a mess like this on the back side. Comments about the possibility of the bobbin being wound incorrectly is also a possibility. Good Luck!

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