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    Am hoping this will help some of you HOME FMQer's who do those large size quilts.
    While working on FMQ my twin size quilt, Starry Night, I was wearing myself out and got such neck, arm & back pain that I was only able to sew on it for very short periods. The Gloves, the strain of pushing fabric around... OyyVeyy!!
    So looking around my little nitch, I saw my large wood hoops for Hand Quilting and taking the 14 inch hoop I tested it to see if it would fit onto my machine.

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    It did!! so I changed out my walking foot for a regular one.. put away my gloves for feeding and moving fabric thru the machine and found this method was much easier for me to do some shadow sewing inside my stars.

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    This gives me a Straighter line than the other "gloved" method.. I can sew longer and not have to fight the fabric to get it laying FLAT before sewing over it... WHO KNEW!!

    For a better view of photos.. just click on one and you can get the whole lot showing up.

    And If you have some back saving tips, Please share with us here...

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    What a fantastic idea! I'll have to track down a wooden hoop and give it a go.
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    Meli, I think any hoop would work as long as it could accomodate your quilt.. *2 layers of fabric and batting.

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    What a great idea....will have to suggest this to my daughter whom I am sure at some time will be trying FMQ

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    Check out these octihoops! There's a demo. Scroll down a bit and click on one of the pics. They aren't cheap but it looks like an easy way to FMQ to avoid the strain some of you are experiencing. She demonstrates painting with thread first and then demos FMQ with these interesting hoops. $85.00 is a lot to spend for hoops but if you're a serious FMQer it might be worth it. Certainly would be a nice gift from Santa.

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    Looks interesting, thank you for sharing.
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    I did this a few years back and ruined the motherboard on my machine. Very costly mistake. Just make sure you have plenty of room so it can move around and not get bogged down in the least little bit. It doesn't surprise me that I screwed it up..lol..but I'm to afraid to try it again
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebeccas-sewing View Post
    Check out these octihoops! There's a demo. Scroll down a bit and click on one of the pics. They aren't cheap but it looks like an easy way to FMQ to avoid the strain some of you are experiencing. She demonstrates painting with thread first and then demos FMQ with these interesting hoops. $85.00 is a lot to spend for hoops but if you're a serious FMQer it might be worth it. Certainly would be a nice gift from Santa.

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    I'm going to try them! However, they aren't $85 in the US, they are way more. It is a method I used 25 years ago (with the regular embroidery hoop) to do thread painting, I got pretty good at it, so, I'll see if I can still do it. Thanks for the link!

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    The class I took at the Hershey Quilt Show while we were doing FMQ suggested this, especially with working with a small area to fill in. The hoops, if we wanted to buy one from her were $15.00. Actually, you could use any hoop but it should have the screw on it to make it tighter on your fabric. I did try it and personally, didn't like it. Of course, I didn't have that much time in the class to give it much of a chance. So perhaps when I am not on a time crunch, I could try it again. Some of the gals loved it!
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    May have to give this a try. Not sure if 14" hoop will fit though. But I also have a 12 x 7 oval that may work too.
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