NUMBER ONE THING TO DO BEFORE YOU START- Check your sewing room thoroughly for any FMQ Judges that may be hiding in your closet. What you are about to do does not need to be shown to anyone! (No judging, just doing)
|If you have gloves, use them - you can even use garden gloves if you like. If you don't have them, don't worry. These are my favorite, Fons & Porter from JoAnn's.|
|This is a Supreme Slider. I highly recommend this if you find out you like FMQ. It makes a WORLD of difference in your stitching.|
|Pull your bobbin thread up to the top and tuck them to the back. If you don't know how to do that click here and read a post I did a while back on how to start, stop and tie off.|
|If your machine has a speed control, put it on medium. If not, just be careful how hard you step on the foot petal.|
|Put both hands on the fabric, like I have my left hand. (I couldn't show both and take a picture.)|
|Push the fabric backward and just stitch a straight line (you have to move the quilt sandwich, no feed dogs). REMEMBER, you have already checked your sewing room for any sign of FMQ Judges.|
|Stitch a line backward by pulling the quilt sandwich forward.|
|If you see the bobbin thread or loops on the top, lower your tension. If you see your top thread or loops the underside, raise your tension|
|This is my normal setting for my machine for FMQ.|
|If your having lots of problems, start by cleaning your bobbin case -- it is amazing how fast it gets linty. You may also just need to just rethread your bobbin or top thread.|
|Practice! Make yourself a dozen or so little practice quilt sandwiches.|
YOU CAN FMQ! Just do it!
I'm linking up with the fabulous Melissa at Happy Quilting for TNT Thursday!
Color Me Quilty!
P.S. I would LOVE to know if anyone tries FMQ for the first time! I really want to give you all the courage to Try New Things!