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Thread: What is the first thing you do when FMQ?

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    Do you backstitch to lock the stitch like you do when sewing?

    I have been looking at tutes but have never taken a class.

    I made some potholders to practice and outlined the butterflies in the fabric. It's going well, but I notice my stitches are tiny - though evenly tiny which is good to start.

    I use a BigFoot made for FMQ and feed dogs down, but still need to buy something to slip around on. There is vinyl on there now, but it is cut out for regular sewing.

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    I leave the threads long, knot and bury it if I start in the center.

    If I start by the edge, I just back stitch on the edge :D:D:D

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    I pull the bottom thread to the top and stitch in place two or three times, then just start quilting.

    I found that when I first started FMQ I was better with the micro stippling than the larger stuff.

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    First thing I do is take a deep breath and hope like crazy I've got my tension calibrated right :-)

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    Pray

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    Swear at it! FMQ is not my strong point. I quite often backstitch though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carslo
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    Good answer, I was gonna say cuss!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Quote Originally Posted by carslo
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    Good answer, I was gonna say cuss!
    LOL

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    I go the bathroom and pee. After that I don't care. I generally start in the middle of a seam. Pedal to the meddle. I am now an Indy driver. Vroom!! To others, I say EAT MY DUST. Excuse me, but why do you think you need to take a class??

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    It depends on the quilt. If I have to do a bang up job I leave the ends long, knot and bury them. If it is strictly a utile quilt I pull the bottom thread up and stitch in place a few times. The first method is much neater than the second.

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    The first thing I do is a test piece checking( about 8 inches square) to make sure everything is right .. tension, needle etc.

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    I do a locking stitch when I start and when I stop.

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    I enjoy a nice large glass of cold white wine, bring up my bobbin thread, do a couple of tiny stitches to "lock" and go for it :mrgreen:

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    All of the above!
    peace :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by carslo
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    LOL! That is what I would be doing too!

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    How do you bring up your bobbin thread? How do you leave th ends and knot and bury them? Is lock stitch the same as back-stitching over a couple of stitches?

    I like the wine idea!

    I thought a class would be fun for tips and suggestions, sounds like maybe for commiseration too! lol!

    Thanks everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraftykimberly
    First thing I do is take a deep breath and hope like crazy I've got my tension calibrated right :-)
    Took the words right out of my mouth!!

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    I have a tendency to not breathe - holding my breath. So, I remind myself to take a breath, wipe off my sweaty hands and get started.

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    All these are great answers! As the famous slogan goes: JUST DO IT!!!!

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    This is a great thread. I nearly fell off my chair laughing. At least I'm not alone with the pray idea. I always pull up my bobbin thread and stitch a couple stitches in the same place.

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    I hold the top thread, push the needle up/down button twice and gently pull up the bottom thread, and just go for it. When I first started, my stitches were really small too. I watched a few videos on youtube and the best tip I got was fast machine, slow hands. I set the adjustable speed at about halfway and it allows me to go a little slower until I get in the rhythm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    I enjoy a nice large glass of cold white wine, bring up my bobbin thread, do a couple of tiny stitches to "lock" and go for it :mrgreen:
    I've heard about the wine tip, and highly recommend it! It is like premedicating before strenuous exercise, and you feel better later with better results!

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    For a small project like a potholder, I leave my feed dogs up. It works like a stitch regulator. For bigger projects, I put my work on a hoop with the hoop facing up. It works like a frame, keeping my layers taut and giving me something to hold on to.

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    What does FMQ stand for?

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    I like the part about the glass of wine!! LOL!
    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK
    I enjoy a nice large glass of cold white wine, bring up my bobbin thread, do a couple of tiny stitches to "lock" and go for it :mrgreen:

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