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Old 09-19-2010, 07:29 AM
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Arghhhhhhh, I'm so frustrated, I tried my hand at quilting my wallhanging, the 50th anniversary one. First I tried using the cover plate for the feeddogs. That made the fabric high and so tight to the foot that I couldn't move the material around. I couldn't find how to change the pressure on the foot in the book, so I took the plate off, and tried it just sewing. What a mess I made. The stitches are all different lengths and it just looks awful. The back actually looks better than the front, LOL.
So today I'm going to be unsewing. Then I guess I'll try some hand quilting, even if it kills my neck and shoulder. I don't really have any other option that I can think of.
I am asking Santa for a new machine for Christmas!!!!
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:40 AM
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You may be a able to get a "new" used machine at the Quilt Police auction. They sell things gathered in a quilt police bust just like regular police do but this is only stuff related to quilting and you know how many quilting addicts there are! Should be a good sale! {my attempt at brightening your day.}
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:52 AM
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sounds like you need a darning foot if you're doing free motion and if one is available for your machine..lots of generics out there. I personally love one called the "Big Foot". The variance in stitch length will correct itself with practice - so don't give up on machine quilting yet. Don't forget to make sure Santa has all your requirements for your machine or else you'll not get what you want.

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Arghhhhhhh, ... First I tried using the cover plate for the feeddogs. That made the fabric high and so tight to the foot that I couldn't move the material around. I couldn't find how to change the pressure on the foot in the book, so I took the plate off, and tried it just sewing.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:08 AM
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What foot are you using??? I think you may be trying to do this using your regular stitching foot...
You must use a darning/quilting foot in order to have enough room to manuvear (sp?) the fabric sandwich.
Don't worry about the unsewing...we've all been there... :-D
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:01 AM
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So sorry. Unsewing is never any fun.
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:14 AM
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I am soooooo glad my machines all have a feed dog drop. I have heard some quilters will put something over the top. Hope you figure it out and let us know. Have a wonderful "unsewing" day.
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Hugs!
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:51 AM
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Sorry about all the unsewing. Please try the Big Foot for machine quilting-it is great! And do tape something thin over the feed dogs. :)
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So sorry that you are having such a hard time with FMQ. Are you using a darning/quilting foot?
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Old 09-19-2010, 04:44 PM
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I don't have any of those special feet for my machine, I'm thinking I'll have to find one before I try that again.
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