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    My first machine with "speed" was my embroidery machine. I never thought much about for sewing until I tried FMQ and I could see where it can make a difference. I tried starching fabric a few times but really don't care for it all that much.
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    I have a vintage New Home so there is no speed setting other than my foot. As for question #2 - I starch the living daylights out of everything. I love starch and I love working with very stiff fabric. I mix my own starch (weakly though as even the light mix is very heavy) and I starch before cutting and sometimes during pressing. As a side note, I do wash every quilt after I finish it no matter if it is a gift or going in the cabinet. I realize there are people that do not share my love of stiff as a board fabric.

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    1) I have no idea how many stitches per min. my DSM sews. I have a Viking Opal 670. For piecing, I keep it on full speed. When sewing bindings, I move it back 1 or 2 notches. When winding bobbins, I move it back to a medium speed.

    2) Yes, I usually use Best Press to press my yardage or FQs prior to cutting. I don't do it so much to starch as to relax the wrinkles. I want nice smooth fabric when I cut. I think it depends on the fabric whether it frays or not. Some are worse than others.

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    I love the speed control on my Babylock Crescendo. I am not a super fast stitcher. I lose accuracy if I try to stitch too fast. When I first started FMQ, all the instructors taught stitching super fast. It did not work for me. I felt so dumb and slow. Then I read a lovely book written by a very talented lady who does art quilts. I am not an art quilter but the pictures in her book of the countryside in Italy were worth the cost of the book. In her book she talks a great deal about finding the speed that is most comfortable for you. She states that she is a very slow FMQ and that it is fine to quilt slowly. I write slowly and am often complimented on my handwriting and find it very uncomfortable to try and write fast so it made sense to me that quilting at a slower pace might work for me. I have embraced that and still quilt slower than most people but it works for me. I piece at what most would consider a medium speed but it works for me. Granted, I probably don't accomplish as much as other quilters and that is okay with me. Hurrying is not relaxing to me.

    I do use Faultless Spray starch on my fabric before cutting. Faultless has come out with a new starch that guarantees no white flakes. It is 99 cents a can as opposed to $6.97 for Best Press. I have tried both and still love my starch. It makes the fabric easier to cut. I get cleaner cuts and my rotary cutter seems to like starched fabric better. Also, when piecing, I use steam to press my blocks which re-activates the starch and makes the finished blocks look crisper and easier to FMQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingaway View Post
    My machine has a speed slider bar and I do use it at different speeds depending on what I'm doing. If I'm just sewing strips I usually crank it up. If I'm doing something like a blanket stitch on applique I slow it down. I like that it is adjustable when I FMQ too. I have used Best Pressed and I do like it but I tend to only use it if I'm dealing with a lot of bias.
    Same for me. I really like that feature especially when FMQ. I am not a speed sewer - so how many stitches per minute is not that important to me - but the fact I can control how fast/slow is.
    ***Kathy***

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