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Thread: Oh! My machine does this!

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    Oh! My machine does this!

    Silly me....I decided to get serious and learn to free motion on my current sewing machine. I have been yearning for a new machine but for now, i think I need to explore what mine is capable of doing. So, opi set it up for FMQ and played with the tension. I am very pleased with the quality of the stitches. Now I need to practice practice practice! Trying to stretch my abilities; learn new techniques.

    So, what are YOU working toward?

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    ​Improving my free motion skills as well. I also just picked up a needle punch tool to try needle punch embroidery.

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    Sounds like you are doing well!!! I love to try to keep myself learning new things and improving on the old!!!!

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    I've got FMQ, but am working on machine applique that I can live with. I love needle turn, cannot abide fusible, and hope to get to a place where I'm happy with a machine technique for quick or heavy use projects.

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    Yeah, I'm another one working on FMQ...or rather PLANNING to work on FMQ!!
    I have sandwiches made....20 (7 or 8") squares, sitting on my little table....fabric/batting/backing, with a few pins to keep the layers stable. They have been siitting there for over a week and I still haven't gotten up enough nerve to start.
    Isn't that crazy!!

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    I've actually traded down during this weekend. I decided that my old Husqvarna Automatic (which has been passed down from my mother) from 1961 is perfect for FMQ. I'm doing most of the Leah Day tutorials on youtube and it quickly improves my skill.

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    I was looking at stitches to do my binding and pushed #24 on mine and it looked like a quilting stitch but said to lower my feed dogs. I will have to figure that one out later.

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    I'm working on doing trapunto with yarn to a little wholecloth I did a few years back. Don't know if my arthritic hands are going to do much this way. Will learn the machine method later.
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    I must admit, I tried free motion quilting and am a complete failure! I have watched videos, studied tutorials, and am missing something because I don't get it. I have no control and even practicing I can't get the stitches to be even! Makes me sad.

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    What is Trapunto? Don't mean to sound stupid. I've heard it mentioned many times, but no explanations. Thanks to anyone who explains it to me. Jeanne
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    I need to work on my FMQ. I do fine on a sandwich, but trying to FMQ even a small quilt just does not work. I can't co-ordinate my hand speed with machine speed. I have practiced, but it just doesn't seem to improve at all.

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    I am working on FMQ also. Trying to do the Leah Day class on Craftsy and also just took some classes from Pam Clarke. She is great and I do much better in the class room then on the discipline to sit down and make time for Craftsy classes.

    Also trying to improve my needle turn applique.
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    Instead of trying to make the little stipples try doing a large stipple. You can always refine it once you can do the larger size. I do a large stipple, just can't get the hang of the small ones. I really like the large stipple better than the small. I don't care for heavy quilting on my quilts. Looks great on other, just MHO.
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    i am still trying to master binding. I have such a "time" when I do corners.

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    Jeanne,

    Although i have never done it I do have a friend who wants to teach me.

    HERE is a link to a gorgeous quilt.


    Traunto is where you "stuff" extra batting/filling into a design and quilt around
    the design to give the look of "puffiness".



    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    What is Trapunto? Don't mean to sound stupid. I've heard it mentioned many times, but no explanations. Thanks to anyone who explains it to me. Jeanne
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    Quote Originally Posted by plmokn View Post
    i am still trying to master binding. I have such a "time" when I do corners.

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    marilee, me too! I get in a hurry to finish...my corners suffer!
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    Ladies,

    I struggled with corners for a long time. Check out the Articles on the QB Articles section. I promise it will help you.

    Jeanette Frantz

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    I have had my viking for 6 years snd just discovered I have a new machine in my machine. I am getting excited to try FMQ with mine plus add embroidery to some of my quilts plus all of the feet that I have discovered. It helps when you read and look at you books that come with your machine.

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    Lovely stitching Mariatherese from Sweden

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    For the ladies who are having trouble with binding. This has very helpful photos.

    wendysknitch.wordpress.com/.../tutorial-quilt-binding-with-mitered-corners

    I hope this will help you. Happy binding.

    Sorry about link - you will need to type it into your search engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tapper View Post
    Yeah, I'm another one working on FMQ...or rather PLANNING to work on FMQ!!
    I have sandwiches made....20 (7 or 8") squares, sitting on my little table....fabric/batting/backing, with a few pins to keep the layers stable. They have been siitting there for over a week and I still haven't gotten up enough nerve to start.
    Isn't that crazy!!
    HAHAHAHA only a week? I had to put my pile of 14" muslin sandwiches out in the hall because ran out of room in the quilting lab. Forgot all about 'em! Monthls later, finished another quilt, now having to dread FMQ again. What is it about PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE I don't understand???

    Meanwhile took up hand embroidery and am practicing quilt labels with it, and did my first machine raw-edge applique.

    Something about FMQ...too many variables in the materials and equipment? Too hard to correct mistakes with seam ripper? Too hard to live with mistakes I can't rip out? I can't relax enough, maybe? The machine, finally set up, is going smoothly and suddenly... what is that mysterious little tug? Oops my curve is now flat. Did I twitch? BAH!!! I even hate practicing it.
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    Oops sorry didn't mean to turn this into a diatribe on FMQ. Boy I must have been brooding about it in the back of my mind ...
    SueSew
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    Love your machine...and you are doing great with the FMQing! Just keep it up and soon you'll be an expert.

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    Wow! I haven't tried FMQ, one of these days. I'm still trying to do SID. LOL

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    I have a Janome MC9700 and have FMQ'd 2 wall hangings and 2 lap quilts. I don't lower the feed dogs because I can't seem to move the quilt sandwich as much as I want. It seems to do great (for what I know about FMQ). I am going to post my pictures in the picture section hopefully today. I have never FMQ before. Mind you it is not a great job and I mostly meander or just use a vine, etc. But that is ok since I am just getting started!! Hope to do other patterns as I learn!! As my sweet 95 year old neighbor says, "You will never notice it on a galloping horse"! The one suggestion I have, as a beginner, is to be sure your have basted your quilt good and work from the middle out....I do have a few boo-boos but then I think about my saying!

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