Friday, February 3, 2012

If it's not right, fix it!

I have been participating in SewCalGal's Year of Free Motion Quilting and have been very frustrated. My FMQ was like throwing darts at a wall and expecting them all to come out in some semblance of shape and form - impossible. 

I kept thinking there must be something  I could do to make things better?  I was able to slide my little finger between the quilting foot and the sandwiched quilt - even in the down position of the shank. Looking at videos online, it seemed like the foot didn't squish the fabric as in regular sewing, but it also didn't look like they had as much wiggle room.

So this afternoon I looked at the quilting foot, and decided maybe if I just tweek the arm that fits over the nut on the shank, it would allow it go down closer to the fabric.  Unaccustomed to dealing with mechanical elements, I just went ahead and twisted that little bugger upward. And then I did it again. And once more for good measure.

Wha-la! Success! Now it comes to just above the fabric, allowing the quilt sandwich to glide around the sewing area, but also giving me more control over where the needle comes down. I AM SO HAPPY!

I have suddenly gained a new-found confidence, and once I finish this blog, I am going to FMQ a table runner.  If I mess up, I can either pull out threads, or just make another and try again. I think I'll opt for making another one - I hate pulling out stitches.

2 comments:

  1. I have only tried to FMQ once and what your saying is what I felt. Going to have to go see if I can tweek mine a little.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

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  2. Free motion quilting can be so frustrating at times, but well worth the effort once you get the hang of it! I'm so glad you have found something that works well for you.

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