|Kerry Goddard||16/08/2020 17:12:37|
|2 forum posts|
I’ve a Janome CXL301
I’m a beginner and decided to try free hand quilting.
what a disaster! I’ve lowered the feed dogs and followed a few YouTube videos on how to get started with tension etc.
I’m so confused now, as one lady contradicts another as to tension etc.
One suggests turning to 0 another 2.5 and another 4
Is it different on various machines.
i have put my machine to bed as I’ve lost my mo jo. I haven’t a clue what I’ve been doing wrong but my stitches look nothing like those being done on YouTube.
Also what foot would anyone advise I use to begin and learn?
i have looked in my manual which came with my machine and has nothing on FMQ
|Eileen Foster||20/09/2020 07:37:25|
599 forum posts
I have tried fmq on my janome 9500 machine with varied success.
I dropped the feed dogs but left the tension as I would for normal sewing. my machine came with a darning/embroidery foot and I used that.
I didn't have that much success but found a medium speed gave me the best results with better stitches and a better looking back of the work.
I just need to keep practising but I find it a bit off putting.
|rosemary Rosenfeld||20/09/2020 18:17:02|
5842 forum posts
I don't have a Janome but..I use a darning foot and DON'T lower the feed dogs....if I do it just runs away...or nothing happens! Best Rosemary
2150 forum posts
I mostly use my Janome 6600P for free machine quilting (not that I have done much lately!) I bought a pack of special fmq feet but think the clear plastic darning foot is just as good really.
Agree with Rosemary. I don't think it's necessary to lower feed dogs. Am afraid it's just practice, practice using a quilt sandwich and trying out all the different tensions and sitches etc. (My machine allows a few different stitches to be used for fmq). When you find the answer make a note of it!! Easy to forget. Good luck.
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