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Thread: turning machine around?

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    i read on the board somewhere about turning machine to "face" you but didn't understand it. any help will be appreciated dar

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    Instead of the way you usually sit in front of your machine, you take the left side and put it closest to you with the right side of the machine towards the back. This way you have inlimited movement on either side of the needle to free motion quilt.
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    err...unlimited that is

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    thank you so much! much clearer now.
    has anyone on the board tried this,& if so do you like it ? is it hard to learn?thanx again !

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    Oh geez...I never would have thought of that!!! You guys are so clever.

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    I will have to try that-sounds like a great idea!!!

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    I too will have to try this, that is clever LOL

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    are there any tutes on this ?

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    I really want to try this. Seems like it would really help for FMQ.

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    John Flynn does it

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    Okay I read this somewhere on this site before I started FMQing. I tried FMQing with traditional machine placement, but I was always running out of room for my right hand and could only do small (close togther) designs, since I was limited on the movement of my right hand. So I thought I would try turning the left side to face me.

    I LOVE IT! It gave me totally free areas to move the quilt when I needed. I mean it made a difference to where I wouldn't FMQ anymore if I couldn't do it this way. I will tell you that on my machine I had to put a book under the front and raise the machine so that I could see what I was doing, but really it works like a dream.

    If you need help with this just shoot me a pm.

    and if you haven't already tried it, give it a whirl!

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-46536-1.htm
    try this link.

    This is the one I bookmarked. It's a great idea which I definitely will try as soon as I get the courage to do FMQ !

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    This is how I did free motion on a brother xl2600i. I liked it and it gave me more room becuase I wasn't having to bunch up the sides of the quilt as I went from side to side. I would only have to roll the quilt as I did a row!

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    This is fascinating. Another advantage is that this is the way you are quilting if you get a quilting frame or a LAQ machine - the difference being you move the machine instead of the quilt.

    The other bookmarked thread with the foam "table" is also really interesting and I can probably use my cutting table for that setup.

    (so glad I signed up for this board!)

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    At the Paducah show all the reps (all young guys) in the Martelli booth sewed with the machine turned toward them. One was trying to explain why all piecing should be done this way to a lot of skeptical quilters.

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    I'm doing my first FMQ on a quilt right now, saw the post as linked above yesterday and went to the hardware store for some foam board. I got it all set up last night and am just here looking for motivation (and courage) before starting on it this morning. I'll post pics when I'm done and let you know how it went.

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    I have tried that and it works great.

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    This is a good idea. I have yet to try it. Theresse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea7
    I'm doing my first FMQ on a quilt right now, saw the post as linked above yesterday and went to the hardware store for some foam board. I got it all set up last night and am just here looking for motivation (and courage) before starting on it this morning. I'll post pics when I'm done and let you know how it went.
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Motivation coming your way :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    i have a janome2010[new] & a brother pc6000.the brother will sew horizontally in either direction. will that help when i turn the machine to face me ,or will it make any difference?

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    don't mean to be a pest,but am hoping tofind a tuteon adding a table of foam board before i go to menards on monday HELP!!!!

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    I have an HQ 16 sitdown machine. It is facing this way. It is wonderful the space I have for my arms while doing free motion quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    At the Paducah show all the reps (all young guys) in the Martelli booth sewed with the machine turned toward them. One was trying to explain why all piecing should be done this way to a lot of skeptical quilters.
    I can see FMQ with it turned but Piecing? I cannot get my head wrapped around that at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dar627742
    don't mean to be a pest,but am hoping tofind a tuteon adding a table of foam board before i go to menards on monday HELP!!!!
    Did you see this post? Is it what you are looking for?
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-46536-1.htm

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    I will have to try this. Only hope my pee brain can wrap itself around this and change directions. :roll:

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