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Old 06-01-2013, 09:59 AM
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I thought this would be so simple, but I am struggling terribly with the mechanics of handling the quilt. I have a large lap size quilt that I thought I would just do some wavy lines, but the walking foot doesn't want to wiggle around very easily. Starting and stopping with the fmq foot is giving me a fit with it jumping around. The thought that just popped into my head is maybe trying to fmq horizontally rather than the length of the quilt? I have a domestic machine, but it does have an 11" harp, and I have a large quilting table, so good on that score also. Anybody have any tricks up their sleeve for me?
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:04 AM
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walking feet work with your feed dogs to quilt nice straight lines...to do waves, curves, loops, free motion quilting you will have better luck using a free-motion foot (sometimes called a hopping foot) and dropping the feed dogs-so they are not trying to guide the fabric in a straight line- with the feed dogs dropped and the correct foot you can manipulate the fabric to create your waves.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:05 AM
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When using a walking foot for making wavy lines, it's a matter of gently moving the quilt sandwich as it feeds into the walking foot. I never had difficulty with it, so I'm not sure I understand the problem.

Regarding FMQ, have you tried doing it with the feed dogs up? That can help with the jumping around problem.

Otherwise, I do not see that sewing horizontally would be any easier than sewing the length of the quilt. It could be more difficult because there would be more bulk under the arm of the machine to manage.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:44 AM
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put needle down option when you do FMQ. that will help. I do wavy lines with my walking foot. I can't think what is causing the tiny stitches.
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After working on this for a bit, I've got my groove with the best results using my regular sewing foot - Thanks for your response.
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Old 06-01-2013, 02:14 PM
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The last time I did wavy lines I used a regular foot and the Serpentine stitch on my sewing machine. It worked quite well and I went vertical from top to bottom not side to side. Good luck!
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The problem I had with doing the serpentine/wavy line with my walking foot was trying to use that metal guide you attach to the walking foot for evenly space quilting lines. I was surprised that my machine was moving the quilt left to right and it was hard to keep it on course.

found the best way was to use the white plastic thing that makes creases in the quilt top - I like it better than putting marks on the quilt. Then I just tried to aim the line through the center of the foot. I imagine seams would also make a good quilting guide for this stitch. I have a Babylock.
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I don't use a walking foot when I use a serpentine stitch, but I heavily starch backing fabric and also spray baste quilts so that may be why I don't need the walking foot.

When doing wavy lines with a walking foot, I am actually using a straight stitch and simply guiding the quilt side to side to make long, curvy lines. This is a completely different look than the serpentine stitch.

I wonder now if there is some confusion about "wavy" versus "serpentine".
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All great advice. When you start and stop while doing FMQ, be sure to hold your fabric stationary and don't make any bumps and bobbles. It will come to you, just takes time
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I have used the walking foot, go slowly and use the "needle down". My lines were wavy - is that more widely spaced than serpentine? when needed, Feed dogs up
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