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Tips & Tricks from Cristy
1) Needles - ball point needles are the best for all piecing, applique, and quilting. They're kind to your threads and fabrics.
2) Sewing Set-up: For piecing/applique, machine should be higher, on a table. For quilting, machine should be set in a table so that your arms are at a 90* angle at your elbows. You'll be amazed how much more comfortable this set up is!
3) Longarmers should really sit at their machines, and be at eye-level with their quilting. This relieves back/neck strain.
5)FMQ - Path and how to get from point A to B is important. We teach how to write letters in school so we write correctlywe should approach learning FMQ the same way. Seeing how will help get your started and reduce frustration.
6)Machine Oil - Keep your machine well oiled, and please, for the benefit of your machine, only use clear oil. No yellow oil.
7) Vacuum the lint out of your machine, rather than blowing it out. Blowing into it pushes the lint around and in it. #
8) FMQ Tools - For Domestic FMQ, Sharon recommends the Quilt Halo, Supreme Slider and Bobbin Genies.
9) Starching your fabric before cutting and piecing stabilized the biases and prevents distortion