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I went to Wal-Mart and bought a small dry erase board and practiced meandering. Also, check out Leah Day website. She is only 27 years old but has video tutorials of 365+ free motion techniques.
Purchase some felt and cut 2 pieces 24" x 24" and practice. This saves on having to use two pieces of fabric and a piece of batting.
I took Sue Nickel's free motion feathers class when she came to Houston to speak at our Wednesday quilt guild meeting. One think she really stresses is to purchase a straight stitch plate for your sewing machine. I have a Janome Special Edition 11000 and did go and purchase this plate for my machine. Boy does it make a world of difference in how your free motion looks.
Good luck. Remember, Rome was not built in a day and free motion quilting takes practice, practice and more practice!
Just practice. I got one of those bobbin washers from Leah Day and it helps keep the bobbin steadier so my back looks more like the front than when I first started. I also found that a nice steady speed helps. At first I was slow but steady but I have since picked up on my "groove" of movement and so I've been able to increase my speed. You'll get there. Also, keep your sewing surface nice and slick...I also use a neat silicon pad (also from Leah Day) that helps a lot as well. You can check out her video's about these items if you go to her website Freemotionquilting...or something like that. Just look up Leah Day...her video's are really helpful.
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