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« on: August 01, 2008 11:14:44 AM »

I've only made a few quilts.  The first was the only one that I tried to actually quilt and it puckered a LOT!  Since, I've learned about the walking foot and that I probably needed MANY more safety pins.  The others I've just tied.  Those are ok, but I really want to make some "real" ones.  Recently I've fallen in love with the free-motion (I didn't even know what it was called until yesterday).  I took my machine in yesterday and the woman told me that she thought that there needed to be another level on the presser foot.  (So that it wouldn't hold the fabric as tightly)  How do you all do it?  Remove the presser foot? (I tried that and I would need a LOT more practice getting even stitches) Or is there another foot you use.  I looked at the darning foot and it kinda looked like that might work...  Anyway, any help/tips would be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2008 06:38:59 PM »

depending on your machine the feed dogs either drop down or you can get a cover to go ontop of them. if you have the manual for your machine you can check in there to see if your feed dogs can drop.  i know my first machine they didnt drop but it came with a plastic cover for them... you dont want feed dogs going for free motion!  Smiley  lots of pins are definitely useful to keep the fabric from puckering.  yep you a darning foot because it lets you easily move your fabric around.  you should practice on scrap quilt sandwiches first to get your stitches even and just to get use to the whole free motion thing!  it could also be useful to use a big floral print or something with a big shape you can try and practice outlining... i hope this helped and good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2008 07:19:44 PM »

Check your manual - your manual was right, there *should* be a different level of pressure for the pressure foot. Even on my slightly older, lower end machine there is a way to reduce that pressure - an obtusely marked dial, that i would never have known what it was without the manual. Check & see. I believe, though I'm far from sure, that there are some free motion feet which do have a different kind of pressure system.
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2008 12:33:59 PM »

This might be a silly ? but are you using a free motion or quilting foot? You use this and drop your feed dogs and FMQ away. In my experience if I try to FMQ with a different foot it cannot be done.

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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2008 02:16:18 PM »

Thanks for all of the input.  I was trying to just use my regular foot and it was holding the fabric too tightly even with the feed dogs lowered.  I bought the darning foot, I just wasn't sure that's what I was supposed to use.  I guess my initial post wasn't very clear!
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