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From: Aimee S
Date: 06-01-2005, 07:41 PM (1 of 14)
if you know me you know I jump in with both feet.

bought the EQ5 and the sew precise patterns that go with it.

but it doesnt tell you how to put it together

What is Foundation piecing....

I can put a corset together with out instructions but sewing blocks together and getting them to line up... Good Gosh this is tough!
The more you disaprove, the more fun I am having!
User: Aimee S
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 488
From: carman
Date: 06-01-2005, 07:52 PM (2 of 14)

check this site out. i have EQ5 and it is alot of fun, once i figured it out somewhat. i have taken a few of the classes off of Quilt University (online) and it was a huge help with the program.

Sew Precise is a seperate program from EQ5, in EQ you can make your own designs.
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: bren
Date: 06-01-2005, 08:39 PM (3 of 14)
Hi Aimee S,

I have not seen you around for quite sometime... :cry: ...or were you just lurking around like me for awhile ...welcome back :up: ...great to see you again...I tried to do Foundation piecing once... what a mess I was making...let me know how you make out with it.
Don't let anyone ...Live Rent Free In Your Head
User: bren
Member since: 11-30-2002
Total posts: 489
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 06-02-2005, 11:54 AM (4 of 14)
I tried to do that once.. I made a 6 inch square.. It turned out OK.. I had lots of new gray hair afterward.. I made a pincushion from it.. Could not even do enough for a pillow top.. Too hard for me.. I like to sew for fun.. I have seen beautiful work done.. A lady at our Shepherds Ctr quilting class brought some she was working on.. She had done 'Birds of Paradise' flowers and other things with very sharp points on them.. Fabulous..Good luck..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 06-12-2005, 01:07 AM (5 of 14)
Hey Aimee, glad to see you back. I went to my first quilt class today and found out I'm truly not a quilter. I can't for the life of me stitch a 1/4 inch seam. The lady tried and tried to help me and she couldn't. She told me that another lady has the same problem as me and that in order to do a quilt right you have to master that and not adjust the block because it will throw the other things out. Also, I think I know what the problem is, it's my preception is off. I'm not seeing the presser foot edge like most people who quilt do. Gheee's I'm like you Aimee, I can figure out anything but this quilting stuff is hard. I really admire you ladies who know how to do this I really want to do this and can't for the life of me get it to work. :mad: :shock:

We did the wack N stack block and it was fun and it is coming out really beautiful but my blocks were starting to pucker up and it was because my seams were off the 1/4 inch. I will try at home to see if it was the machine I wasn't use to but if it's not that I........................ QUITLOL
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From: susies1955
Date: 06-12-2005, 03:34 AM (6 of 14)
Mother In Law (Susie),
You can always look for a pressure foot for your machine that has a bar on the right edge that you can have the fabric line up agaisnt OR just go very slow and practice looking at the edge of the fabric and the edge of the pressure foot.
I have FAITH in you,
northern NY
User: susies1955
Member since: 11-07-2003
Total posts: 124
From: Hogmami
Date: 06-12-2005, 02:07 PM (7 of 14)
When I was just learning, i used a piece of masking tape 1/4 from the needle on the plate. I put it before the feed dogs and it worked great.
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: Magot
Date: 06-12-2005, 03:09 PM (8 of 14)
1/4 inch foot is a godsend Susie - solve your problems right off. Nice to hear from you again Aimee - how are the boys?
love and kisses, Jan
Cells a Speciality
DNA to order.
User: Magot
Member since: 12-22-2002
Total posts: 3626
From: Julia's Nana
Date: 06-12-2005, 04:04 PM (9 of 14)
I was just thinking the other day that if I didn't have that quarter inch foot for my machine that there would be fewer quilts at this house too. I have NO perception and even putting the tape down didn't help because it was flat and the fabric just moved over and covered it.

Another thing that I have to have and may go buy a back up is my June Taylor Shape cut for cutting strips. Not only is it much faster but I get straight strips.............and ya know along with the 1/4inch seam, you need to cut things straight!

So if I can do this, believe me, you can do this! Where there is a will there is a way................

User: Julia's Nana
Member since: 08-28-2001
Total posts: 361
From: Skye
Date: 06-12-2005, 05:16 PM (10 of 14)
LOL all this discussion about 1/4" seams very close to my heart. The 1/4" foot certainly helps but I still sometimes use the tape on the plate as well to keep the feeding even all the way in as I have a tendency to wander off. I have found that several ayers of tape create an edge.
To MIL -I love to sew clothing, piecing is for when I just want to blob out kinda' sewing for me or that was until I discovered free motion quilting which I think is developing into another addiction LOL.
If the seams still bother you try crazy quilting -stitch and flip = no riules. I would love to try a stack and wack quilt. Post a photo when yours is done.
Thank you for your kind words over on cover stitch machine discussion I have been busy so not posting but do check in to see what everyone is up to.
User: Skye
Member since: 09-28-2000
Total posts: 233
From: carman
Date: 06-12-2005, 06:17 PM (11 of 14)
i made my niece a top the other day, and i had not sewn a garment in years, well, when i had to do 5/8 seam, my brain could not get over that HUGE seam, i am used the 1/4, i was very happy when i went back to my quilting and my "regular" seam allownace :wink:

on a peice of paper draw lines that are 1/4 inch apart and with only the needle and NO thread, follow those lines, it will help, honest :up:
User: carman
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From: calcharlie
Date: 06-16-2005, 04:08 PM (12 of 14)
You know that there really is no rule that says you have to use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. If I recall correctly Ricky Timms says he just sews his seams the way he wants and if the blocks don't come out exactly right he just cuts them to fit. As I recall he has won several awards for his quilts. I guess the only rule is to enjoy what you do and be happy with what you produce.

Charlie :USA:
User: calcharlie
Member since: 12-14-2004
Total posts: 28
From: carman
Date: 06-16-2005, 05:41 PM (13 of 14)
he also does not follow patterns :nervous: his new book out has many "butted" seams so one would have to make sure their seams are the same in order to work out right :up: i have seen his worshop binder through a friend of mine and he is very free form in some areas yet very precise in others. i guess that is why he is the designer and not me lol.
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: allie-oops
Date: 06-16-2005, 11:49 PM (14 of 14)
I STILL have trouble keeping my seams straight - they always slightly wander. Time for new glasses, lol. I REALLY REALLY want that Curve Master foot - it has a little wall that your fabric glides against, and keeps your seams at a perfect 1/4". It's first on my list. I can't use my D1's 1/4 foot.....I just can't see it good enough!

My favorite thing is fusible web applique - no 1/4" seams, lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
Total posts: 282
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