Some links and hints…………………

FMQ related. There’s so much info “out there” right now about machine quilting and each of us has our own personal “faves”, based on how we see and learn this art, that I thought I would do a simple post that includes a sampling of my favorite hints and mentors that have inspired me over the past 5 years.

To begin with: a couple of products that have made my (FMQ) life easier….

    Basting safety pins that are fine wire which slip through batiks, and other finely woven fabrics, with ease…. IMG_5609  Please, note the yellow flower in the upper left corner!!!!! IMG_5610 This makes all the difference!!!! Ask your favorite shop to stock these!!!!!!

Next are the Spiral Eye (hand sewing) Needles……..the link is here.



Pam (the inventor) also makes available machine needles with this feature! Check out the above link.





And, here is a list of a few totally awesome FMQ gals………..

Leah Day:                   Lori Kennedy (“Inbox Jaunt”):       Wendy Sheppard (“Ivory Spring”):                               Karen McTavish (“Mctavishing”):                   Cindy Needham (“The Linen Quilter”):                                      Diane Gaudynski:  Sharon Schamber (the pin basting method I use):        Kelly Cline:              Karen   Miller (“Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals”):

One last link for info on the Juki TL2010Q machine that I use for FMQ: That link will take you to the specific page/machine. A free telephone call will answer any questions you may have. Free shipping is a plus (along with an excellent price!!!!) Servicing is no problem….any technician will happily give the machine any needed check-ups, as it is a completely mechanical (no computer!) straight stitch machine.

Feel free to let me know if there are any other pieces of info you would like to see on this blog!!!!!

Sending warm South Texas hugs to y’all………………………..


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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12 Responses to Some links and hints…………………

  1. witchylin says:

    What a helpful quilter you are. 🙂

  2. Good morning, thank you so much for stopping by my blog, I am going to follow here now This post was perfect for me-especially those pins as I am in need of new ones and mine I forgot how difficult to get them in the fabric-so writing this down-and those needles-love that
    Hugs Kathy

    • treadlemusic says:

      I’m so glad you found some helpful info here! The basting pins have been an important ‘find’ as I work with batiks so much and the easily found pins just won’t penetrate!!! I usually check the notions wall at every quilt shop/JoAnn’s Fabrics, etc I’m at and, if I find a pkg (usually the last one!!!), I tell the owner(preferably) that these are the ONLY ones to carry!!!!! The needles (the creator/Pam is a Minneapolis resident) were ones I had seen used over the years when threads were buried but no one ever said what needle was being used. Tried the kind that the thread ‘popped’ in from the top but, most of the time, the thread broke or shredded.
      Happy stitching!!!!! and hugs………………

  3. I am clicking on that Spiral Eye needle link! thanks from a non quilter!

  4. Debbierose says:

    Bent pins are wonderful

  5. Thread crazy says:

    Haven’t seen those “fine wire” pins so will definitely look for them. Also, have those “self thread” needles, but I swear whenever I start hand work, I forget to use them! HA.
    BTW, just got hubby home from hospital; all went well so now we rest!

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