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What I do is put them all over the rail of the longarm, or on a table and decide which one is speaking to me. If I choose the top of the pile I might not be inspired by that piece. I work best when I love the item I am working on or if I have a reason to work on it like in that it is going to be gifted.
Oh thank goodness, it is nice to know that I'm not the only one hearing quilts talk. LOL
I have been trying to get better at FMQ but I'm using a regular machine and didn't really have a large enough table. I had a rack I made to help hold the quilt up, and that was ok. BUT I wanted to be able to move the quilt about. I have a huge desk (32"x60") that is perfect BUT still not flush to machine. FINALLY found a Finish Carpenter who transformed my old desk for me. The insert space was cut large enough to fit any machine I have in. I'm a happy camper. NOW my two favorite machines are acting up when doing FMQ so I have to figure that out. But I will and then I can really go to town on getting good again. It's been a long time since I did FMQ. Plus getting this done freed up another cabinet for a machine too. Put my 1967 Singer Touch & Sew 600 in the other cabinet. I'm doing the Happy Dance around this place.
found a Finish Carpenter who transformed my old desk for me.
woo hoo!! You are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE having that extra flat space to accommodate the quilt. Not having the quilt drag and pull over the sewing cabinet is SUCH a wonderful luxury ... which shouldn't be a "luxury" but a *necessity* for FMQ with a home machine!
Is this a Singer Touch n Sew? If my memory serves me correctly, that was the first (or one of the first) machine that I learned to sew on! It was my Mom's. I sewed on that until it couldn't be repaired any more. Obviously, you have taken much better care of yours! :-)
The blue grey one is a 1967 Singer Touch & Sew. BUT she's in a different cabinet. The one in the newly recessed desk is my shortbed 301A. Who is NOW acting the fool. She suddenly decided she no longer wants to make nice stitches when FMQ.. I may have to put her in a corner until she comes around to my way of thinking.. LOL
I may plop my long bed 301A in there to see if she also hates the newly redone desk. LOl And if all else fails I'll try the Kenmore. All three of these machines drop the feed dogs, which should work for FMQ. I'm just baffled as to why the current one decided to misbehave. I changed the needle, thread, bobbin case and used a whole bunch of bad words. Here is an example of what the machine suddenly started doing. She was just serviced about two months ago.
when this happens on my Singer, it's usually the bobbin...try a different one or at least turn this one over.
also, 'floss' the tensioner - there might be a wee bit of fluff in there
Tucky, I have done free motion work on my Singer 201-2 for decades and I have never dropped my feed dogs.
I know that people say you should drop the feed dogs but on some of the old Singers it is not necessary.
The right batting, the right needle and the right thread are the tricks for working on the old machines. I used a Topstitch 14/90 needle, Superior's King Tut thread and Warm and Natural batting to work on the kid-sized quilts I made for Project Linus and I whipped out those quilts hassle-free.