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    Free Motion Quilting FMQ

    For those interested in trying or getting some tips on doing this, Quilting Arts website currently have a free e-book that can be downloaded, Free-motion Machine Quilting: 67 Machine Stitching Tips and Motifs:

    http://www.quiltingdaily.com/media/p/11227.aspx

    They have lots more on their 'free stuff - free ebooks' page.
    I think you need to register with the website but that is just an email address and not onerous. They send regular emails with information on various art quilting things but that is optional.
    Lynn

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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    Awesome, thanks for the link, Lynn!
    Come by and see what I'm up to on my blog...
    Summer Lee Quilts

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      Great....thanks for sharing the link!!!
      ~Mary
      As ye sew, so shall ye rip.

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        This is something I'm in the process of trying....

        Thx for the link. Maybe it will help me get over the fear..lol
        :icon_happy:Wicked

        My husband lets me buy all the fabric I can hide :icon_wave:

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          Lynn, what a terrific site! I printed out one of the ebooks, it was so perfect and just what I've been needing. Thanks!
          There's still time to change the road you're on - Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven"

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            Gee, thanks so much. I am new here but lets face it..if you make it, it will need quilting!
            Blessings,
            Margaret ~ Adirondacks

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              I wish I could find out what I'm doing wrong when I try free motion quilting, I've broken so many needles that I'm concerned that it can't be good for my machine. Chris
              Chris

              http://community.webshots.com/user/seweasy4me

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                Originally posted by Chris48 View Post
                I wish I could find out what I'm doing wrong when I try free motion quilting, I've broken so many needles that I'm concerned that it can't be good for my machine. Chris
                Is your stitch length set to "0"? You will break needles if it isn't!
                Katie's Quilting Corner - Blog, Podcast and More!
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                  Thanks, Katie! I don't believe I ever saw mentioned to lower the stitch length that low. I will give that a try and let you know. I've wanted to learn FM for a while now but couldn't get passed the broken needles. Chris
                  Chris

                  http://community.webshots.com/user/seweasy4me

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                    Originally posted by Chris48 View Post
                    Thanks, Katie! I don't believe I ever saw mentioned to lower the stitch length that low. I will give that a try and let you know. I've wanted to learn FM for a while now but couldn't get passed the broken needles. Chris
                    Yep the needle should ONLY be moving up and down, not any other direction or you will most certainly break it at some point. Also make sure your feed dogs are down. Then it is practice, practice, practice!
                    Katie's Quilting Corner - Blog, Podcast and More!
                    Don't miss Free Pattern Friday posts!
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                      Just as a note to that broken needle problem, definitely set to 0 but another problem can be how fast you are moving the fabric relative to the machine speed. If you are sewing slowly but trying to move the fabric then you may be pulling the fabric while the needle is in it. I was taught 'fast machine, slow hands', this is easier if you machine has a slow/half speed setting, then you can put your 'pedal to the metal' so the machine is sewing at a consistent speed and then you only need to concentrate on your hands.
                      Lynn

                      "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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                        Thanks so much for the link. Now to practice, practice, practice.
                        :icon_wave: Laura in NC

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                          Thank you for the link, it is a great find!
                          Finished is way better than perfect! :icon_bigsmile:

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                            Thanks for the tip! Great.
                            Susan

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                              Yes! Thank-You Lynn for sharing this site with us...
                              and Katie for your expert opinion as well
                              I'm also getting ready to FMQ (Oooo check Me out using Quilting Lingo )

                              Just having a hard time finding the right weight 40-50-60 TOPSTITCH Thread.
                              Joann Fabrics doesn't carry METTLER thread. What other brand can I substitute it with?
                              I purchased SULKY for Bottom Bobbin

                              What have you ladies used for Topstitch?

                              Thanx in Advance

                              :icon_popcorn:~When life throws you scraps make a quilt.~

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