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MaryLeeHayden Posted: Wed, May 2 2012 11:01 AM

Okay...just want to know. Does one begin with the middle of the quilt (I'm practicing on a table runner) or the sides? It's been many years since I did this. How do you regulate the stitch length/speed? I know there are videos but they take so long to download onto my machine it's hard to watch (they stop every few seconds to download)

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PJ replied on Wed, May 2 2012 11:18 AM

Warm up with a sample using the same fabric/batting combo as in the project. 

 Drop the feed dogs or lower the stitch length to zero to slow down the motion of the feed dogs. 

Use a free motion/spring foot so it will not press against the top side. 

Tighten the top tension a bit, to help avoid getting loops on the back side. 

A backing that has a busy pattern will forgive missteps.

Start in the middle.  If you start with the sides, the center has no where to relax and you may get puckers.

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Thank you so much, PJ! I appreciate the refresher. It's been a really long time since I machine quilted.

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hmmmm...I'm thinking this takes a lot of practice. 

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Marie replied on Wed, May 2 2012 12:14 PM

Keep on practicing Mary, you have more good stitches than bad on this sample.

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Barbara replied on Wed, May 2 2012 12:31 PM

Mary it is looking good to me ,just keep praticing .it get easier ,then one day the light blub comes on and you wonder why this has been so hard .LOL Barbara

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Nana replied on Wed, May 2 2012 1:15 PM

Mary

You are getting there.  It does take some practice to get your speed and movement together.  I am one of those quilters that puts the pedal to the medal when I quilt otherwise my stitches are too big.  I noticed Barbara goes at a more moderate speed and her stitches are great.  Just make you a practice sandwich and play until you get the feel for your machine and quilting speed.  I will be fine in no time.

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gini replied on Wed, May 2 2012 2:01 PM

Mary, you just need to find your groove.

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Nana replied on Wed, May 2 2012 2:15 PM

gini:

Mary, you just need to find your groove.

 

Gini that is supposed to be "find your groooove thang"     ROFLOL

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