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FREE MOTION QUILTING

I've recently purchased a free motion quilting foot for my Janome platinum 760. The instruction book has no information on how to use the foot, for example,do I drop the feed dogs, what to do after that? Please help. Thanks. Susan Ross

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Hi Susan,

You're absolutely correct, you'll need to either drop the feed dogs (lever generally located near the bobbin case or on the outside base of machine) or cover the feed dogs with a plate (many machines have this included).

Then... you'll need to lower the presser foot - when you lower it, it should NOT touch the bed of the machine but sit slightly raised off the fabric surface. As you stitch the presser foot will lower onto the fabric to hold it taught as the needle penetrates.

Oddly enough it's easier to achieve smooth stitches when sewing at a faster speed, but begin by stitching fairly slowly until you get a feel for free-motion stitching. You'll be doing all the guiding and it may feel a bit strange and uncontrolled at first.

Position yourself at your machine so that when your hands on your fabric/bed of machine, your shoulders are relaxed (not all hunched up) and your elbows are slightly higher than the bed of the machine.

You'll want to stitch in a side-to-side or back and forth motion (as opposed to trying to turn the fabric.

Best of luck with this technique. Once you're comfortable with it, you're sure to enjoy the freedom of creating!

Happy sewing,
Kim & Linnette

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