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Thread: Oversight leads to improved FMQ on DSM

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    Hey whatever works for you! If it was messing up your machine you would definitely know. Just make sure you clean your machine as often as need. I clean the lint at the end of the day. Also if I'm going from one different type of fabric to the next.

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    I think that Leah Day says to keep your feed dogs up for FMQ.

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    Leah Day always quilts with the feed dogs up.

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    I have read that on certain machines the feed dogs are somehow connected to the tension. If that is true (and it sounds like it is), it would affect the stitches on FMQ. It really is a matter of what works for you. The important thing is to keep trying.

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    I've done it with them down and up. I took a class and the instructor said to leave them up. worked. but then, there are times I have difficulty moving my quilt and can't decide if it is my fabric, batting or feed dogs. they are usually down.

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    I do havea couple of settings for my feed dogs. Down all the way, up all the way and in between. Maybe I will experiment to see if there is a difference. I have accidently left them up, no difference at all.
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    Thanks for the great information.

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    I have a number of machines and I have tested fmq both ways, with feed dogs up or down. For vintage machines and even antique machines (100 years old or more), where feed dogs don't drop, I find I can do very good fmq by using a Stoppax attachment and having the feed dogs up and uncovered. This even works on treadles. I normally find them on e-bay for about $60. I don't see any there now. They are about 50-60 years old and made in Denmark, I think.

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    I am new on the Board, could someone please tell me what FMQ means.
    Last edited by Cormiae; 05-20-2013 at 05:01 PM. Reason: spelling error

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    I also found a huge difference in fmq with feed dogs up....love it!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cormiae View Post
    I am new on the Board, could someone please tell me what FMQ means.
    FMQ = Free motion quilting. There is straight-line quilting, which is when you sew a straight seam (usually) with the aid of a walking foot. You are sewing through the top of the quilt, the batting, and the backing. Then there is fmq, where you move the quilt to make the pattern you want. You are controlling where the machine goes and how big the stitches are. Normally, you would drop the feed dogs to do that. It could be considered an art form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cormiae View Post
    I am new on the Board, could someone please tell me what FMQ means.
    Cormiae, I am fairly new as well and was very happy when someone posted this link to a guide for abbreviations we often see on this board. I hope this helps you decipher the posts. It really helped me. Welcome!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t178507.html

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    That is funny. The last one I did still working on it. I just got the quilting food about 3 or 4 month now. I was fighting my machine one day . So I put it away some time it helps if I walk away . Came back and try again I seen my foot was not down,LOL it work so mush better when it is down . I got those quilt glove to do not like them so I have small hands and I keep running over the tips. I think that I'm going to order those tips I see and try them . They look like there think rubber it would work better for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitette View Post
    I'm fairly sure Leah Day leaves those doggies up and she does the most wonderful FMQ.
    Leah's theory is that the machine just works better with the dogs up and that's what she does.
    Pat

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    Hooray for you! I prefer to leave the feed dogs up too. It won't hurt your machine.

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    My 301 does NOT like to fmq with the dogs down, so I let her have her way and we get along fine. LOL
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    The same thing happened to me only it was one of my grandsons who brought it to my attention. So now I leave the feeddogs up.
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    This is one of Leah Day's suggestions to help with the eyelashing too.

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