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« on: July 15, 2011 08:04:21 AM »

After three years with my Janome MC6500, I finally have figured out how to free-motion quilt on that machine. I had an older mechanical Janome that I learned to quilt on and I could put just about anything in there and FMQ without any trouble. It was easy as pie and I never had a day of trouble with it.

New machine? It was a nightmare of shredded thread, jamming, skipped stitches, you name it. I went to the users group and they advised a dozen different needles, certain brands of thread, a special "blue dot bobbin case" and I tried it all. Still trouble.

I gave up for a looooong time and finally pulled a UFO out of the closet and set up my old machine to finish it. And I noticed that compared to my new machine, the old machine ran like a turtle. Slow, much slower than the new machine. So I slowed my new machine down to about 1/4 speed and PRESTO!  Free-motion success!  With a regular quilting needle and regular ol' thread. Now I've been in FMQ mode for the last few quilts and I'm planning to finish my last two unfinished quilts by the end of the month.

Slow Down. That's the big secret? I feel sort of dumb now. Anyway. I'm SO glad I finally figured it out.

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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2011 08:09:53 AM »

so cute!  great job!  glad you figured out the trick.  makes me want to give fmq'ing another try.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2011 08:33:35 AM »

I think I LOVE YOU!  I have had the same problem with my new quilting machine but NEVER thought to slow it down!  OMG! You might have just saved me from ripping my hair out.
And BTW LOVE the quilt, absolutely adorable

« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2011 08:48:25 AM »

I think I LOVE YOU!  I have had the same problem with my new quilting machine but NEVER thought to slow it down!  OMG! You might have just saved me from ripping my hair out.
And BTW LOVE the quilt, absolutely adorable

Thank you!  And I really do hope that's the secret for you too. Because the utter joy I felt when I realized I'd emptied a full bobbin without stopping was wonderful! I think I had just gotten used to the lightning speed of my new machine that it never occurred to me to slow it down *that* much. The users group did say slow down but even at 1/2 speed, I was still getting shredded thread every couple of minutes. I'm apparently dense and need specific instructions: "Slow the hell down to 1/4 speed. Slow means slow, not 1/2 fast."   Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011 09:00:29 AM »

Don't you love that feeling when it just works? after you have almost thrown the machine out the window?
and the quilt is lovely.
(ps I had issues with my new machine, bobbin jamming, nothing would work, tried differant cottons, needles, rethreaded a zillion times. the problem? I had worn a tiny groove in the plastic of my machine by sewing, and it was catching the thread as I tried to sew. They showed me and sanded it off at the repairers, I was like what the? )

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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011 09:03:08 AM »

Nice job!  Glad you found out what works for your machine!

Now you have no excuse for not finishing your quilts! Cheesy

« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011 08:57:48 AM »

How cute!  I love the variegated thread you used.

I've never tried FMQ, but when I get that far I will keep this mind.  Thanks!

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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2011 01:18:06 PM »

that has to be the happiest quilt ever! love it!

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