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    Batting Beauty

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    Question FMQ with standard machine

    I'd love to try FMQ, but there is no way to lower the feed dogs on my Elna machine. How does one cover the feet? What do you use to do it? Any suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks much to all.

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    Default Re: FMQ with standard machine

    I have a little plastic thingie that cover my feeddogs on my singer promise.

    Can you look to see if you have one of those in the supplyes that goes with your machine?


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    And the courage to keep on sewing when life itself seems held together by a single thread of hope.

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    Default Re: FMQ with standard machine

    If you don't have the little plastic thing that Swedish Leo mentioned, set your stitch length to zero and cover your feed dogs with masking tape or blue painters tape. Just keep the area open for the needle to go down into the bobbin area.
    When life throws you scraps, make a quilt!

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    Default Re: FMQ with standard machine

    Hi Swedish leo,

    I don't think I have any plastic covers for the feed dogs. Would it look like the plastic thingys that cover live electrical outlets? My machine is at least 20 years old, an Elna Carina, if that helps.

    Thanks much for the suggestion and interest, though.

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    Default Re: FMQ with standard machine

    Quote Originally Posted by SF Jen View Post
    Hi Swedish leo,

    I don't think I have any plastic covers for the feed dogs. Would it look like the plastic thingys that cover live electrical outlets? My machine is at least 20 years old, an Elna Carina, if that helps.

    Thanks much for the suggestion and interest, though.

    I will see if I can take a picture of my thingie. Do not know the correct word for it.

    Be back soon


    God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    The stash to make a quilt to help me cope,
    A quilt to give to comfort those I love in times of hurt, fear and uncertainty.
    And the courage to keep on sewing when life itself seems held together by a single thread of hope.

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    Default Re: FMQ with standard machine

    Here we go

    I decided to call it Feed dog cover thingie.

    Here is mine. Sorry for the bad photo, it is late at night here in Sweden.
    It is the best I could do .

    Hope this helps.

    Annika
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    A quilt to give to comfort those I love in times of hurt, fear and uncertainty.
    And the courage to keep on sewing when life itself seems held together by a single thread of hope.

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    Default Re: FMQ with standard machine

    Hi Annika,

    Thanks for the photos. I clearly don't have anything like that in my box of attachments, but I'll check and see if the Elna site might have one. Hope you sleep well, too. Best, Jen

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    Default Re: FMQ with standard machine

    It's called a darning plate.
    I have an older machine that I can not drop the feed dogs on either and tried to find one online. No such luck, however you can cover the feed dogs with a piece or heavy card stock, a piece of manilla file folder, piece of stiff plastic, or if you get a slick mat (to help ease the fabric...like Supreme Slider) you will cut a hole for the needle and thread, but it will cover the feed dogs.
    Try a few things out and hopefully you will find an easy solution.
    Sonic is learning to sew and quilt. .....

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    Default Re: FMQ with standard machine

    If you can put the stitch length to 0, you don't need to cover the feed dogs. I've found some very practical info here:
    A Few Scraps: Free Motion Quilting: Feed dogs

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    Default Re: FMQ with standard machine

    Quote Originally Posted by SF Jen View Post
    Hi Swedish leo,

    I don't think I have any plastic covers for the feed dogs. Would it look like the plastic thingys that cover live electrical outlets? My machine is at least 20 years old, an Elna Carina, if that helps.

    Thanks much for the suggestion and interest, though.
    If you have an Elna Carina, there should be a silver metal plate that clicks in over the feed dogs. I used to have a Carina and that is why I happened to know this little tidbit.

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