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Setting stitch length for FMQ?

Old 07-14-2012, 06:57 AM
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Why does it matter what the machine's stitch length setting is? If the feed dogs are down, and you determine the stitch length by how you move the quilt, what difference does changing the stich length setting make?

I just wonder because I don't seem to get different results if I forget about changing the default stitch length to zero.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:59 AM
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I don't change my stitch length.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:02 AM
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I don't change my stitch length either. When I took my FMQ class at my LQS, the instructor said that once you drop the feed dogs, there is no stitch length or tension. So I don't mess with either one!
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There is definetly still tension. I do play with mine a lot, and that does
change things. The tension discs have no relation to.the feed dogs.

But most problems aren't really tension problems but needle speed/hand speed problems.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:17 AM
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they used to say set it at zero, now it doesnt' seem to matter to some teachers. i took a class and we never bothered about it. nor lowered the feed dogs. I usually do though. your moving the quilt dictates the length of the stitch. too slow the stitch will be long, too fast, very short.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:26 AM
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Neither of my sewing machines can drop their feed dogs, so I have to set the stitch length to zero (so the 'dogs don't move and grab my material). Even thought the 'dogs are covered by a blank plate on my main machine, when I'm doing FMQ I still don't want them moving.

I've never used a machine with feed dogs that drop, so I can't speak to that situation.

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Old 07-14-2012, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by alisonquilts View Post
Neither of my sewing machines can drop their feed dogs, so I have to set the stitch length to zero (so the 'dogs don't move and grab my material). Even thought the 'dogs are covered by a blank plate on my main machine, when I'm doing FMQ I still don't want them moving.

I've never used a machine with feed dogs that drop, so I can't speak to that situation.

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Ah, okay. I just checked on what my machine does. If the stich length is not set to zero, the feed dogs move even though they are dropped. I guess I don't need the feed dogs to be down there getting a "work out" in the dropped position, even though it doesn't change the FMQ results.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
I don't change my stitch length either. When I took my FMQ class at my LQS, the instructor said that once you drop the feed dogs, there is no stitch length or tension. So I don't mess with either one!
There is no stitch length but definetly there is tension and it's very important for it to be "right". Usually tighten mine a notch or two.
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My feed dogs don't drop either, so I set the stitch length at zero so they don't move. so far so good.
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Stitch length at zero and don't mess with the feed dogs.
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