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FMQ questions on a Pfaff QE4
...help!! I am a newbie to FMQ
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Date: 8/1/13 3:10 PM

I am practising my FMQ with my Pfaff QE4.
href='http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions/topic/75028' target='_blank'>THIS thread was most helpful but I have a few more questions. I hope they aren't silly ones!

Even with my settings set as Julkane recommends my stitch says at the machine default of 2.5. Who knows why... It is easy enough to change it but I am wondering why one needs to set it to 0? Aren't I driving the stitch length with the feed dogs down?

Next (silly question). Do you have to use batting to practise getting the feel of creating the design? I hate to use up perfectly good batting but if it helps learn how to move the fabric then of course I will do it.

Any other tips greatly appreciated.


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Date: 8/1/13 4:01 PM

With the feed dogs done you do determine the length of the stitch. As for not using batting, I would nix that idea. The fabric moves differently when sandwiched and the stitch balance is different without the batting. I usually save my odd pieces of batting cut off other projects. Good luck with your practicing. Are you using the sensormatic or spring foot? I use both but if I have a large project I opt for the spring foot. I bought the echo quilting foot and love my results with it too. Also if you have a single stich plate it seems to make the tension better also.

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Date: 8/1/13 5:09 PM

I actually learnt using Mulberry Paper. I'm not sure if you have it in the US, but any soft, rough paper which has some stiffness would suffice. It is stiff enough to easily move, it is also much cheaper than wadding and fabric.
click here for examples sewn on a Pfaff 2036.

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Date: 8/1/13 5:48 PM

I am starting to practise on small pieces and hope to graduate to baby size pieces. My plan is to practise on odds and sods - yes I will use the batting. Then when I am a bit more confident/skilled I will FMQ my mug rugs, then baby quilts.

I am using the sensormatic foot. I forgot about putting on my single stitch needle plate - that will help.

Still don't understand why I need to set stich length to 0?

Thx!

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Date: 8/1/13 6:20 PM

I never changed the stitch length. It doesn't matter when the feed dogs are dropped!

And I still think it's worth it to practice on fabric with no batting, even though it will NOT move the same. A tiny practice sandwich even with batting and backing does not move the same as a bigger quilt anyways. It is the motion and movement and learning how to get in sync between your hands and machine speed that is so important. Then you can work on things like even stitching.

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Date: 8/1/13 6:21 PM

I don't think you will see much difference if you do not change the stitch length so go ahead and compare. Once you feel you are moving the fabric in a fluid motion you will be ready to do the rug mugs. I actually found it was much easier to do a bigger piece such as a baby quilt than the practice pieces I had been using.

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Date: 8/2/13 4:59 AM

Some is muscle memory and paper or fabric without batting will let you learn. After you smooth your movements then add sandwiched batting. Placemats are a good one to try and you wont waste the money spent on batting.
Or go to thrift shops and look for old quilts or padded vests and clothes.
JoAnnes always has 50% off coupons and you can get the cheapest batting for practice.
The good stuff does feel and handle differently but if you can do placemats or something useful its not a total waste of good batting.

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Date: 8/2/13 7:26 AM

I used felt for practice when I first started

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Date: 8/2/13 11:16 AM

Excellent ideas - thanks!! I will try these out.

I found out at least one reason why people set the stitch length to 0. Apparently, it is less wear and tear on the machine. Even with the feed dogs down with the machine set to anything other than 0 the feed dogs will move.

Maybe it is a holdover from the times when one could not drop the feed dogs on all machines.
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Date: 8/4/13 10:30 AM

I made a TON of Mug Rugs and used cut off scrap batting pieces inside, saved money and only the 1st one was "not good enough" LOL Very fun but I can see why practice to become one with the hands and fabric is important before moving onto larger pieces.

Good luck!


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