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Old 01-16-2019, 03:58 AM
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Originally Posted by oldquilter View Post
I’ve quilted many pieces over the years, by both hand and machine. I’m quilting a whole cloth simple baby quilt..now I’ve usually used more straight line quilting, which I’m not terrible at...this time I’m using a simple loop design, with a template and disappearing ink..I’m having the hardest time keeping my loops round...I keep getting points or corners in my loops...rip it out and start again...any ideas or advice? Thanks
Pretend you are circling around a coin when making the loops, and it will come out fine. I learned this trick from a longarm quilting teacher. Once I learned this trick and did a few practice loops, I overcame my fear of making feathers. If you need to make loops bigger than a coin, think of something that is bigger...like a round lemon, coaster or any circular object. There is no need for tracing.
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Old 01-16-2019, 05:12 AM
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Even when I use the long arm for quilting loops I have to mentally keep saying "round"...somehow it helps.
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:13 AM
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Yes, it’s all about practice. The more you do, the better you will get. Make some big practice sandwiches and fill them up with loops and curves. Later they can be donated to an animal shelter for pet beds.
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:01 AM
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I’ve had only limited experience with free-motion quilting, but I have learned that it requires specific adjustments in your machine’s settings. That can include stitch length, foot adjustments so that you are able to glide the fabric, and, sometimes, dropping the feed dogs. It also requires the “muscle memory” that comes with practice of going over a pattern quite a few times. You could practice loops with or without thread in the needle, I’d guess.
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:40 AM
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Thanks, everyone, for all the great suggestions..I appreciate it...was getting frustrated!
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:08 AM
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Remember when you do loops you have to plan ahead because you can't stop anywhere. So, get ready at your starting point, take a breath and I think "out, around, back" to my start which is where I can stop again.

I really didn't get comfortable with loops until I discovered Paisleys. 3 loops inside each other with a pointy end. I used it for a filler and by the time I was done, boy, could I do loops!

Also, when doing free motion, my most important tip is to set your speed control if you have one to a comfortable speed so that you can put your foot right down on the pedal as you go. That way you don't have to try to control two things...the speed of the machine and the speed of your hands.

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Old 01-17-2019, 07:16 PM
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I agree with Dunster!
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