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How do you set up a brother XL-5700 for free motion quilting

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Be sure to have a darning foot or free motion quilting foot (this presser foot is shorter in height so when you lower it, it will not press the fabric to the feed dogs). The foot must allow space under it so the fabric can be manually moved.

The last step is to lower the feed dogs so they are not interfering with your manual manipulation of the fabric.

Lots of web sites about free motion quilting.

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You need to drop the feed dogs, install a darning or free motion quilting foot (make sure the presser foot is lowered). Because you will not be using the machine to move the fabric, the stitch length selection is of no importance. Make sure the stitch width is set to zero. You should test FMQ on a scrap quilt sandwich of the same makeup of your project, ie quilt fabric with batting sandwiched between. The upper tension should be set so that both threads meet in the middle of the quilt sandwich. Because it is FMQ, some extra adjustment may be needed.

Once the tension is where you want it, you can practice FMQ until you can move it smoothly in conjunction with the machine speed.

Practicing on a white board with erasable markers is a handy way to learn to move smoothly. The most difficult part of free motion quilting is learning to move the fabric smoothly. Do NOT lack for practice as that is the only way to improve. Those people who make it look simple have been doing it for years!

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How do I drop the feed dogs for quilting on my Brother XL 4011 sewing machine


It should be included in the owner's manual. (An internet search did not turn up a manual for your machine, but a model close to your machine may operate very similarly.) You can also contact Brother Support.

This may help:

Frequently Asked Questions

The other possibility is that the feed dogs on your model do not actually drop. There may be an accessory (darning plate) in your kit that covers the feed dogs during darning or free motion quilting. (Shown on page 38 of the following manual):

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What are the proper settings for the quilting foot?


Which quilting foot will you be using ... free motion/darning foot or walking foot as the settings will be different in each case.

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How do I lower the feed dogs on my brother xl 3500


Great site with info, videos. Do it yourself machine fix: www.fixsewingmachine.com Click on TIPS & other free info on the site (left hand side of that site page in yellow). Jimmy

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Why when i put the feed cover on i cant move the fabrice at all there is no room between the foot and the cover. i am trying to quilt together my quilts. thank you brenda g


I'm assuming your machine has a little plate you put over the feed dogs rather than a knob which disengages the feed dogs from moving to do free motion embroidery or something.

If this is the case there probably isn't enough room for your quilt sandwich under the foot.

You could try using a free motion embroidery foot rather than the regular foot with the feed dogs up and see if that allows you sufficient movement.

It would look like this:
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It may take some practice still to get a smooth stipple if that is the effect you are going for.

You may find some other ideas on quilting websites to get around this problem or in a Yahoo group for quilters. I've only ever quilted in straight stitch using my walking foot so it feeds the quilt smoothly for me, never tried FMQ.

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Where is the feed dogs botton on my brother xl3010. I need to drop them for quilting and can't fine the botton.Lost my book .thank you


The User Guide suggests there is a different Needleplate (must be thicker than standard) used for darning, free motion quilting etc.
Look HERE for a replacement manual for your Brother XL 3010
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Try Googling (brother)(XL 5700)(manual) without parens.

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Refer to the accessories and you will find one is a darning plate. If you check the section for darning, there will be more information.

Look on the throat plate and there should be a tiny hole on each side of the feed dogs, this is where the plate snaps into place.

If you do not have the plate, set the stitch length to zero, and then tape an index card over the feed dogs with a hole punched out for the needle.

You may use this method forever, or check with your local Brother dealer for the accessory.

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In the philippines and left my brother XL 5700 Manual in the US


I found all of the Brother Sewing machine Manuals free on line.... problem solved!

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