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First time FMQ with my new machine!
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Date: 4/26/13 12:38 PM

LOVING my Tyrian, my new PCP! I started quilting the baby quilt last night, and OH MY does he handle himself well! I used the dynamic spring foot, LOVE that foot!

I am quilting it with Quilter's Dream Puff batting, no backing on it yet. The Q.D.Puff weighs basically nothing, but it makes the quilting delightfully puffy! I LOVE the puff for a baby quilt! It is not extreme. It's not like a comforter, but it is so much more than the thin cotton battings.

I AM going to use the dimple dot minky for the back. I just love it. It is very heavy though, which is why I chose a batting that doesn't add weight. I did not want the raised dot texture smooshed down by quilting, so that's why I am doing all my FMQ first, then I'll do a very simple SITD to hold the minky on.

I also used machingers gloves for the first time, and I do like them. It is going to take me a while to get used to them. I kept taking them off so I could FEEL the quilt. It was not very comfortable for me when I had to trim threads, and I couldn't draw my quilt designs with them on either. I am sure I will get used to them though. They really DO help moving the quilt.

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Date: 4/26/13 1:43 PM

Did you find your hands getting real hot with the gloves on? That's the reason I haven't tried them yet.

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Date: 4/26/13 1:51 PM

Not unbearably or uncomfortably hot, but definitely warmer than without them.

The benefits FAR outweigh the extra warmth though. I was able to guide my quilt so much easier, without having to grab handfuls of it. It IS much easier to follow a pattern with flat hands!

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Date: 4/26/13 2:22 PM

The Machingers do not really keep in heat - they are wonderful. I had to "train" myself by leaving them on the thread the needle etc., and you can do it so much better than with other gloves. I buy size large and it's a good fit with some amount of stretch, and I usually would have said med. was my size. The cheap large gloves from Fons and Porter were messy as they were not a stretchy glove. BUT they do the job if you don't find them annoying. They are like garden gloves. Grabaroos are nice enough but more dense so quite warmer than the Machingers.

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Date: 4/26/13 2:32 PM

I do think I will get used to them. I trained myself to use a thimble, it took a little but but now I can use one easily!

I think training myself to use the gloves will be a MUCH easier process. I had to learn to sew differently to use a thimble. AT least with the gloves I don't have to learn a new way.

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Date: 4/26/13 3:21 PM

Yay! Love to hear a happy-FMQ story!

I couldn't quilt without my Machingers - my hands ache if I try it without some help to hold the quilt (rheumatoid arthritis) and all those hoop things just get in the way. The machingers are cooler than the garden-glove type with the nubs which are a heavier knit.

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Date: 4/26/13 3:24 PM

To Cat - I still hate thimbles all these years alter...never really got the hang!

Tess - I was disappointed in the hoop thingies for sure - bought the u-shaped set last year at the quilt show, but that thing also cuts down the area in which you can quilt because of the slant angle caused by the height of the sides of the U. So I gave that up - for just a piece of free form machine embroidery or a monogram it would be great.

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Date: 4/26/13 3:30 PM

Tess:
My hands ache while FMQ also. Hopefully the gloves will help with that for me too!

Muffet:

I am making a LOOONG term english paper piecing hexagon project. My finger couldn't sew naked for very long, I HAD to train myself to sew with a thimble, or just severely limit my time sewing.
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Date: 4/26/13 3:51 PM

Mufffet - it took me forever to find a thimble I was really happy with, but as I was making a suit jacket with lots of handwork I really had to find one. I tried a traditional metal, a plastic one, a rubber one with metal tip, and finally wound up with one that's metal but adjustable. The adjustable bands are great because they let me fit the thimble without feeling like I'm cutting off circulation.

I've been doing things with needle and thread since I was six years old, and this was the first thimble I ever used that didn't force me to handle the needle differently. Now if I can just find the perfect needles...

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Date: 4/26/13 4:32 PM

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