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As you may have already seen I am trying to learn how to do FMQ (Free Motion Quilting) I got want I thought was the right foot going by the DVD saying about the plastic foot & cutting a bit out well I got a satin foot which as you all will know will sit on the fabric so totally wrong well even with the bit cut out I will still be able to use it to see when I am doing other stitches I do have the correct one as well.

So today went back to Silver at Rushden where my machine which is a Silver   9500E   & got new feet you can click on link to see what my machine does.

Anyway I got 2 new darning feet now here the original foot that comes with the machine

This foot is the new one I bought

This one is after I got DH to cut a little away so it got a bigger space

I have not tried it yet but will do, another thing I learnt was the person who sold me it I had asked her to show me how it fits as it a bit different from the original anyway she didn't take the screw fully out so that something I will try as I do really struggle putting the originally one on so either of the new ones should be easier.

With this foot I will be able to see more, I do struggle having problems with my eyes anyway so anything that can improve my vision of the area I am working on is always good.

I had looked at a plastic one but the little foot didn't have a very big workable area so wasn't any good for what I want to do so will use this it has to improve the vision & ease of putting it on so that all should be good.

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Comment by Janice Aitkens on May 8, 2012 at 11:52pm

Thanks for the comments, apart from the cost which i can't afford there not anyone who could quilt my work close by so like you Linda i need to learn

A friend on my online quilting group she has a treadle machine which her DH does the quilting of some of her quilts so if a man can do i am sure us ladies can lol

I do have a DVD for FMQ which i got a christmas present so i want to know it not a waste, i know it will take a while before i am at the lets try fancy pattern stage but i can keep trying

Hugs Janice

Comment by Linda Bodkin, ON on May 8, 2012 at 6:17pm

You are up to the challenge, I'm sure!

It's a bit stressful still for me, but I refuse to pay for anyone else to machine quilt for me, so I had to learn! I am getting better, especially after doing 3 lap quilts in the last 2 weeks! It takes much practice, and manoeuvering anything bigger than a twin on my 45 yr old Singer is a challenge!

Comment by QuiltingB52/MN on May 8, 2012 at 4:03pm

Years ago I took a machine quilting class ~ the instructor said "Have FUN".  We started with circles, squares, a house, waves, a tree and then had to write our name.  We practiced things forward and then reversed the direction and we DID have fun....so much so that the instructor came to our table and told us we were having "too much fun" (and frowned at us)!  LOL

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on May 8, 2012 at 10:46am

If you can do it then maybe I can too!!!

Comment by Janice Aitkens on May 8, 2012 at 9:30am

Thanks Carol & Irene

I am still very much starting out i hope to be able to do better as i go along i think i will be having a stack of Table Runners, Placemats & Hot Pads by the time i am finished lol

Hugs Janice

Comment by Irene Gallway on May 8, 2012 at 8:54am

Hi Janice, I have been trying my hand at FMQ also. I have a little Janome that came with a quilting foot. I have a ways to go before considering myself "good" at it but I find it fun and relaxing. Each attempt at it, I find I'm having more control.  I'm practicing on quilts for the grandkids and purses.  Smaller projects are easier to handle and manuver.  Good luck.

Comment by Carol Wadkins on May 8, 2012 at 8:26am

Good luck, once you get it down just as you want it, I am sure it will be a "breeze" for you!



Comment by Janice Aitkens on May 8, 2012 at 7:15am

Thanks Aida

I actually have the machine right in front of my bay window plus i do have a lamp if i need extra light

The machine is one i have had for 4 years there is another one by the same company which is the 20HD that is one i would love as it a deeper throat if you like to see it click on the link to my machine then go to the sewing machine & click 20HD

Hugs Janice

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on May 8, 2012 at 7:11am

Glad you got a machine to do FMQ.  It does take lots of practice and patience.  If you need more light, I suggest you get a small one with adjustable neck and get a daylight bulb and place it behind the machine on the right side, then focus the light on the foot.  That's what I do with my machine because I can't see the seam guide.

Comment by Janice Aitkens on May 8, 2012 at 7:10am

Sorry it should have read Sharon on the correct way part

Thanks for all your comments i hope to do some small projects to practice on as someone said to me relax & breath lol

Hugs Janice

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