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Thread: Is there some magic spell or fairy dust that'll help with free motion quilting?

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    tsdelvis! I have a Pfaff Tectronic 2040 and was just "practicing" FMQ. I was told by the woman that I take my Pfaff to for service to put the machine on "slow". I have that button, do you? This has helped me tremendously. As I was FMQing, I remembered someone told me to look ahead of the needled and NOT AT THE NEEDLE. When I did this it was 80% better. Whew! Glad I remembered that. I also learned from a video or someone on the Board to cut out the front of my quilting/darning foot. Mine has red marks on each side so I used a "cut off" tool (for jewelry) and cut out the front. What a difference! Couldn't believe that I could see that much better. Good luck. Let me know if you try these tips and if they work for you as I am a newbie with FMQ too. Yolanda Wood River

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    Just watched the first vidio. Thank you this is what I needed.

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    If you get a Bernina machine and buy the stitch regulator, free motion quilting is MUCH easier to do.

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    The Fairy Dust is practice, practice, practice and going slowly at first. Try drawing out a pattern on paper so you get used to free designing. Make practice sandwiches and try different methods. You'll get it in no time!

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    Some one once told me to buy a yard of a batic with a pattern on it and follow it with FMQ when you are done now you have a pre quilted piece to make a tote bag and you have practiced your FMQ

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    quilting gloves
    wine
    music
    and many breaks

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    I just started FMQ. I drew the design on a piece of paper. When my mind wanders and start doing crazy things, I look at my design on the paper. After my mind says I can do this, I start again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaykwilts
    Quote Originally Posted by knlsmith
    WINE machinger gloves WINE sharp needle WINE and don't forget to breath. Oh and sometimes WINE. lol Works for me everytime.
    oh yes...but make sure you put your wine in a sippy cup so you don't spill on your quilt when you get to giggling at some "mistake" you just made :thumbup: :lol:
    Ok if I use a sippy cup then how can I make my own batiks?! Lmao

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    Go to Leah Day's website and watch her tutes. If you have a laptop, set it up next to your sewing machine. That's what I did and it helped. I'm not an expert, but I have more confidence than before. If you don't know her site, just search with her name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maia B
    It must be "try and cry" FMQ day. I've been making quilts for 20+ years, hand quilting and machine quilting straight lines only. So I have great machines with which to FMQ, I've read some recommended books, and I tried it early this morning. Hundreds of thousands of people do this, right? So no tension problems, no eyelashes, but it was just awful. I think everything is set just fine, because the stitch line is great except that it's jerky, ugly, and inconsistent. I could feel the thread's shame and disappointment at being involved. I can't trace a line, make any attractive shape, nothing nice at all. I sewed out a bobbin's worth on a 12"x 18" piece, which I then took directly to the rabbit cage to die the worst death any quilt can as a peed-upon chew rug. I went back to bed. Later, when I opened my thread drawer, the quilting weight threads were all cowering in fear. Even the piecing thread looked nervous. The worst of the whole story is that I was using the Bernina 440 with BSR, which is supposed to help, right? So I know it takes practice, but I'm pretty discouraged. It's also not AT ALL fun. Which is crazy, too...fabric :) + batting :) + thread :) + Bernina :))) = sad and sore like I did too much yard work.

    OMG, I laughed until I cried reading this. You have a future in stand up if the FMQ defeats you.

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    If you find that magic spell or fairy dust will you share with me? I keep on plugging at FMQ and I do see improvement, but that stitch length drives me crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    Go to Leah Day's website and watch her tutes. If you have a laptop, set it up next to your sewing machine. That's what I did and it helped. I'm not an expert, but I have more confidence than before. If you don't know her site, just search with her name.
    Leah's site is where I learned everything I know about FMQ. She has great videos and pages and pages of helpful information. Check her out at http://www.daystyledesigns.com/.

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    I say do your small projects you can handle then find a shop that rents use of their long-arm machine. My shop charges $18 an hour and I just finished a big quilt in an hour and a half. Trust me, I have the same problem you have and this is the answer for me. Most quilts wouldn't take 2 hours to do on their big machine.

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    Several of my friends took a class from Harriet Hargrove. They have become fabulous fmq. I however was not arround to take the class. I bought her book but I quess nothing beats the personal touch. I am with you wanting that fairy dust.

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    you'll find your fairy dust in a glass of wine. I'm not Kidding! A little wine, start moving your brain in free motion patterns, then your head. While still in this fairy trance, sit down at your machine, and, voilla, magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    Quote Originally Posted by Maia B
    It must be "try and cry" FMQ day. I've been making quilts for 20+ years, hand quilting and machine quilting straight lines only. So I have great machines with which to FMQ, I've read some recommended books, and I tried it early this morning. Hundreds of thousands of people do this, right? So no tension problems, no eyelashes, but it was just awful. I think everything is set just fine, because the stitch line is great except that it's jerky, ugly, and inconsistent. I could feel the thread's shame and disappointment at being involved. I can't trace a line, make any attractive shape, nothing nice at all. I sewed out a bobbin's worth on a 12"x 18" piece, which I then took directly to the rabbit cage to die the worst death any quilt can as a peed-upon chew rug. I went back to bed. Later, when I opened my thread drawer, the quilting weight threads were all cowering in fear. Even the piecing thread looked nervous. The worst of the whole story is that I was using the Bernina 440 with BSR, which is supposed to help, right? So I know it takes practice, but I'm pretty discouraged. It's also not AT ALL fun. Which is crazy, too...fabric :) + batting :) + thread :) + Bernina :))) = sad and sore like I did too much yard work.

    OMG, I laughed until I cried reading this. You have a future in stand up if the FMQ defeats you.
    roaring here! "the quilting weight threads were all cowering in fear. " hahahahaHAHAHAHA.....

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    ROLF, you guys are hilarious!! I am fairly new to quilting (less then 6 mths) & saving $ to buy a nicer machine that I can do FMQ (just now figured out what it stood for). After reading everyone's posts, I at least know what I am in for! Meanwhile I continue to stitch in the ditch...

    Sue

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    I don't know about fairy dust but $30,000 will get you a Gammill longarm quilting system with computerized quilting!
    FMQ? I send mine out, I believe in supporting other quilters. lol

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    You certainly have the sense of humor for this sort of thing... keep on keeping on, I guess. I'd listen to all these good people... they all seem to know what is the best!

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    So nice to know it is not just me - I am persevering with the SID untlil I get more courage. I've made a 'wall hanging' (small) for my son in to practice and lots of little things to place warm pots on for the table for my friends - but I just can't follow a curve to save my life. Hoping the wine and fairy dust will help too ! I'm with you sister !

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    If you locate the fairy dust send some my way please. Until then I will just stick to hand quilting or sending out to a laq.
    ha ha.
    Donna

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    I bought a book by Eva A. Larkin @ my local Joann's called "Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy" and it has been a real help for me. Lots of instructions with pictures and tips. You'll still have to practice, but her tips may relieve some of the stress. Joann's had their books on sale for 30% off, so the price wasn't too bad and I think it was worth every penny!

    Good luck!
    Carol :lol: :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewing Joe
    I finally gave up tried hand quilting. Much less frustrating for me...
    I tried hand quilting and I'm going back to FMQ. I had to give up crocheting because I would get cramps in my hands and guess what? Handquilting gives me cramps, too! Oh, well. My FMQ may not win any prizes, but it's faster and the machine does most of the work. I, also, do a lot of straight line or gentle curve quilting and use either a walking foot or some other foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    I feel your pain!!
    Have you seen these video? I've only watched the first 2 but she is easy to listen to and demonstrates well

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39I5A...layer_embedded
    Thank you - that is fabulous!! Love it!! - I am still in the grab a scrap and practice stage - and that video series is fabulous. Am bookmarking it to go back to for frustration moments that I am sure I will have while learning. Thanks again.
    Marysewfun :lol:

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    Have any of you tried sitting at the end of your machine, as if sitting in front of your machine, the turn it a quarter turn and quilt from the end. I have not tried this but remember reading about it somewhere and was wondering how it works for you.
    If I'm low on fairy dust,no wine or Xanax available, snowed in (yes we are in a winter advisory area) and was never able to master learning to play piano, is there any hope I can learn to FMQ?

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