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- Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:45 am
HomespunMary, about the tension in your shoulders & neck..... make sure that you check your posture & BREATH. Get up & stretch your muscles every 45 min that you are sitting at your machine. Put some music on with a good beat & you will find that you will have become a free motion quilting master in no time. Well, about 30 hours of practice will help you to feel proficient also.
When I was learing to free motion, I would cut squares about the size of a fat quarter (backing, batting & top) & would practice. That size was really easy to manipulate & build coordination moving the fabric.
I think the most important thing is that you want to learn. If think you can, you will
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- Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2007 4:32 pm
I do use the quilting gloves when I quilt on my home machine and I love them it helps me keep the quilt moving. I have never had any problems with lumps or bumps or whatever with the back of the quilt. I watched a simply quilts show where the lady showed us to fluff the quilt frequently when quilting and I think this also helps.
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- Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:07 pm
Yes, sitting perfectly straight is a must. I learned to sit rim rod straight when I am sitting at the machine, no back, neck or shoulder tension at all. Never lean in with your neck and shoulders or you will hurt later.
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- Joined: Mon May 14, 2007 5:39 am
I LOVE USING MY QUILTING GLOVES. YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY FIT GOOD. DDIL USED MINE, BUT THEY WERE TOO BIG FOR HER. LOL
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- Joined: Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:44 pm
I am really glad someone suggested Machingers to me. I love them. A good fit is essential.
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- Joined: Fri Feb 02, 2007 7:49 am
I love quilting with my gloves on. I find I have more control of the fabric and since I have arthritis in my hands it is less of a strain on my joints.
I use a pair of garden gloves and they work just fine. I am not sure what brand they are but they are white stretch fabric with blue rubberized palms and fingers. I bought them at Home Depot a few months ago and I have quilted all colors of fabric including whie fabric and have had no problem with color rubbing off.
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- Joined: Sat May 05, 2007 2:00 pm
I can't quilt without them.
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- Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:03 pm
They use them a lot on the Fons and Porter Show.
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- Joined: Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:35 am
Have to confess never heard of Machingers until reading this, but have used the good old garden gloves for years. Now I will check the Machingers they may fit the hands better than the ones I'm using. They do make it easier to keep the fabric moving evenly.
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- Joined: Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:21 am
I used my F&P gloves for the first time this weekend and I wonder why I haven't used them before. Any glove that helps me move the quilt and keep the stress off my wrists, shoulders and neck is alright with me! I also have RA and certainly don't feel the pain this morning. They were about $3.00 @ Hobby Lobby, but Joanns has them too I think.