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    What a difference a foot makes!

    I purchased the floating (?) non-hopping (?) not-sure-what-to-call-it foot for my machine to do FMQ with and what a difference from my old hopping foot! Curves are much smoother and everything just feels so much easier.

    If you're using a hopping foot and can save your pennies for one of these, I suggest you do!

    Watson

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    do you have a picture or a link? sounds interesting
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    yes indeed love the floating foot ,my machine (brother 2500D) came with the reg hopping foot fmq for years with it just didn't like but delt with it..........then i got my machine upgraded to 2800D and the floating foot was part of the package, been in love with it ever since....... I was all set to get sit down quilting machine and in researching them they all have a hopping foot type action so i stop wanting to buy one for that reason. I agree with you the floating foot is so much nicer i can see more of where i'm going.Wish they would have it on the sit down models

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    What is a floating foot? Can you please post a picture or a link to one? Google was no help with this!

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    ​Would that be your Westalee ruler foot?

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    Do you mean a darning foot?? Any FMQ foot does a hop in order for you to be able to move the quilt.
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    Leah Day did have a fix for a FMQ foot that turned a hopper into a glider. I'd assume a bought foot would do the same, except I haven't seen a manufactured one except for the ruler ones.

    I have 3 different feet. I did the Leah Day thing with a plastic foot and rubber band, I had bought a true open toe for the 1500, and the Juki has the 1/4 and 1/5 feet. The Juki apparently are adjustable.

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    Can't post a pic right now as I'm away from home but Janome offers a combination free motion quilting foot that just glides across the fabric. Makes a huge difference. Pics to follow.

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    This is the set for the Janome 6500P (Singer S18, which is what I have)
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    The difference between it and the hopping foot is the bar that sticks out of the one I'm holding and fits over the needle bar of your machine. That's what makes it "hop".
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    And, here's how Leah Day makes her own.... http://leahday.com/pages/break-your-darning-foot
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    Do you mean a darning foot?? Any FMQ foot does a hop in order for you to be able to move the quilt.
    Hey Maniac,
    You can now get FMQ feet that don't hop, they don't touch the surface, they just sort of skim along or hover just slightly above it so you can move the fabric. Some ruler feet (like the westalee foot) also work this way. They really do make it much easier to FMQ. The trick is to get them adjusted properly. If they're too high off the fabric, then the needle will pull the fabric up and cause skipped stitches. If they're too low, then it's hard to move the fabric.

    On my old Brother, when you did FMQ or embroidery, you didn't use a foot at all, just the needle. I remember thinking how easy it would be to sew my fingers back then LOL!

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    Watson, congratulations, I've been wanting one of those, but I think Janome doesn't make one that will fit the PQ1500s, so I'm switching back and forth between the westalee for ruler work or my hopping foot for regular FMQ--which means speeding up for that smooth feeling when doing anything with lots of curves..
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    I just got the Sharon Schamber FMQ foot. Is that the one you're referring to? Ordered it online from Purple Daisy Quilting. It floats, does not hop, and is adjustable. Fits most high shank machines. You can check with them before ordering to make sure it fits your machine. Tried it out a bit yesterday, and really like it. Seems a bit strange at first, because you have been so used to the foot actually being in contact with the fabric when using the hopping foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watson View Post
    This is the set for the Janome 6500P (Singer S18, which is what I have)
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    The difference between it and the hopping foot is the bar that sticks out of the one I'm holding and fits over the needle bar of your machine. That's what makes it "hop".
    Name:  DSCN8400_zpsydwphx1z.jpg
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    And, here's how Leah Day makes her own.... http://leahday.com/pages/break-your-darning-foot
    Watson

    thanks for the picture... i have one of those and have not tried it yet. i'll have to try it.
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    I googled handi quilter glide foot and it is very interesting looking. https://www.handiquilter.com/shop/product/glide-foot/ I may order it and try it.
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    Patricia, the foot that Sharon Schamber is offering looks similar to the westalee ruler foot which I have, but without the high sides necessary for ruler work. I'm wondering what the visibility is like? Have you had a chance to work with it?

    I've gotten pretty spoiled by the visibility I get with the hopping foot that came with my PQ1500s--it's excellent for those times when I need to be able to see exactly where my needle is landing--I'd love it even more if it didn't hop. I'd use the westalee foot exclusively even when not using rulers if there weren't times when I want some extra visibility.

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    I have the Brother 1500. I don't the hop is much at all using the darning foot that came with it. Here is a video of the foot and fmq. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J26AOeLyRxk
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    Onebyone,
    that's the foot I have, it came with my machine. Mine hops because it has the arm that hooks over the needle screw. I usually don't mind the hopping, but if I'm working on a piece that has lots of really small curves, then the hopping action can hinder making the curves smooth, unless I speed up the machine a lot which doesn't work as well when making tiny designs. That's when I switch to the westalee ruler foot-- it doesn't hop at all, but the trade off is slight loss of visibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watson View Post
    I purchased the floating (?) non-hopping (?) not-sure-what-to-call-it foot for my machine to do FMQ with and what a difference from my old hopping foot! Curves are much smoother and everything just feels so much easier.

    If you're using a hopping foot and can save your pennies for one of these, I suggest you do!

    Watson
    Sounds like it could be something like this?
    http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/en-ca...-quilting-foot

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    Really interested in seeing this foot.

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    but the trade off is slight loss of visibility.

    I cut out the plastic in that foot.
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    The Pfaff 4.0 and above have this built in as one of the FMQ options - they call it 'Sensormatic'. I much prefer it as I think my stitches are much more even without the 'hop'.
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    I have that foot and you're right, it's a great foot!

    I test-drove a Janome 8900 (I think it was) when they came out, and that foot came with it. I didn't fall for the machine, but I fell for the foot!

    I like using the big clear plastic "dish" end for it, that one gives me the best visibility.

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    I used the open toe last night and I found it fantastic.

    I got the Super Slider for my birthday so between that and this foot plus the blue dot bobbin holder, I'm rockin'!

    Not sure where to get this set up for other machines than Janome but they must be out there. In the meantime, try Leah Day's fix and see how that works.

    Watson.

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    Thank you for this information..
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    rryder: Visibility with the Sharon Schamber foot is not quite as good as with an open toe/hopping foot. But, the quilt top moves around more easily. I guess we can't have everything! Is there such a thing as an open toe/non-hopping foot? I would go for that ... I don't much feel like modifying/cutting an existing foot.

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