Silicone sheet for quilting

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Do any of you use a silicone sheet for free motion quilting? I've read
about them -- supposed to cut the drag of fabric against machine and
help things move freely and smoothly. It's not horribly expensive, but
I really don't want to buy one without hearing from somebody who has
used it.

Sunny

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Not quite an answer, Sunny - but I have invested in a terribly expensive -
about $ 40 for a non-stick sheet for rolling out pie dough and bread and
such - and it is a great joy!  I feel kind of guilty about not giving every
bride I know a sheet of it.  It's just so hard for the newlyweds to cook
with castoffs and make-do's.
    Back to quilting - you'd have to think about what area of the SM you
were covering with a silicone sheet.  Do you have a 'set in' SM with a
generous table supporting your quilting - or are you struggling (I am) with
a general table that leaves a quilt hanging off in all directions including
the weight of a funny kitty and a chubby dog?
    When I was quilting the latest QOV, I found the quilt much easier to
maneuver if I moved the edge of it from beneath the wheel of my chair. Polly



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Silicone(?) or Teflon?

I am a little skeptical (the easy to dispel variety); such a sheet
would help things directly on it, but there will still be drag due to
the weight of the quilt off the sides.  We were just reading something
about an attachment or something for FMQ in a generic book.  If that
would help, let me know & I'll try to dig it out. (It's a little
buried...)

Doc

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Well, I'm no help.  Never used one.  In fact, I've found that most of the
things that are "supposed" to make my FM quilting easier, don't.  Most of the
time they are just a hinderance to me and get in the way.  The quilt itself
is enough to manage without silicone sheets and special gloves, etc.

Maureen


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Sunny, I've tried them twice -- once very unsuccessfully, and once
*very* successfully. <G> The unsuccessful version was a very early type,
and the tape I used to attach it to my machine bed came loose. I
stitched the sheet to the quilt. :O

The second one came several years later, and only after I'd actually
tried a loaner first. ;) I now use a SewSlip II and love it! It really
does reduce "drag" and also smooths out the little join between machine
and table. I know there are other brands, but AFAIK this one is the only
one with a large opening for the needle. That little bitty hole some of
them have makes me rather nervous. ;) These newer versions don't use
tape at all, so the chances of the sheet getting stitched to the quilt
are rather small. Whew! <g>

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I use one and really really like it.  The better kind has a backing that
makes it "stick" to the table.   That's what I have now.  I notice the
extra drag if it's not in place.  It's also bigger than 8.5 x 11", the
size of the first ones available.

(The first one I used had to be taped down - when the tape came loose
and the sheet shifted I ended up stitching thru it - just like Sandy.)

Allison


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Are you all talking about the "free motion slider"? I always wanted to
try that! of course, that would mean
I'd have to **finish** something!!<VBG>

amy in CNY

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Sandy,

I enjoyed your story about sewing the silicone sheet to your
quilt :-).  In fact I thought it was so interesting that I read it to
my DH and he turned around and suggested that I get one too :-).

Bev in TX


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ROFLOL!

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