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Thread: Anyone have a Flynn Quilting frame

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    Super Member Ditter43's Avatar
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    I bought a Flynn quilting frame about a month ago. I love the frame itself ,but......those rollers the frame sit on while machine quilting....aargggg. They keep rolling out from under the frame. When this happens of coarse it causes you to mess up your quilting. Stop and reposition and try again untill they slide around again.
    The video of John Flynn using the frame makes the operation look so smooth. I realize there is a learning curve to new things. I usually pick things up quickly, but this has me flustered!!!!
    Anyone out there who uses this please help!!!
    I can't use the rollers that came with it because my Janome is too tall. My dh got larger pipe and cut it to size. Also the rollers ( the quilt go on) that come with the frame aren't long enough for a large quilt. He says to replace it with metal conduit which I did. This makes the frame pretty heavy with a queen size quilt on it. Right now I have a queen size quilt in it, basting it by hand. I plan to take it off and quilt it the usual way as I can't get the system to work smoothly enough.
    Any suggestions? I am going to get in touch with John Flynn, but thought I'd ask here too.

    Ditter in frozen Florida

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    What model Janome do you have? I've got the 9000. I'm not educated in frames so am researching for the day that I get one.

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    I also made the mistake of buying the Flynn frame and it now sits in the closet.
    It is fine for baby quilts but they are not that hard to quilt without a frame.
    You would need as much room as a long arm quilting frame uses since the frame needs to go from side to side all the way across the quilt. And handling it is very difficult at that size. Yes the rollers keep falling off the table.
    I think you are supposed to use plastic pipes to extend it.

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    I bought the Flynn system when I first started quilting in 1997. I bought the set with just the ends & instructions; my ex was pretty handy, we used pvc pipe for the left to right rollers, and used 10foot goods ( 2x2 pine lumber) for the frame, yes it was heavy, and so long when I used it in my kitchen, on the table of course... it would either roll into the living room, or up across the sink into the window, and I'd have to move towards the living room... LOL! I'm not sure how many square foot the kitchen was,,, but the floor space was only as big as a queen sized quilt ( the whole house was only 5oo sq. ft)... anyway.. I loved that thing! peiced, and quilted 12 quilts that year! ( I had more fun with that then my Handiquilter....)
    the side to side rollers could be a problem untill you got used to ; or, you could tape 'blocks' to the edge of your surface to stop them, I would thing that something like a 1 inch stiff foam duct taped to the surface should suffice, you could create a 'channel' along the width of your surface to keep those rollers in line. Good luck!

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    i love my flynn frame and use it all the time.

    like anything else with quilting there's a learning curve.

    in the beginning i used dumbbells on each side of my table to prevent the tubes from rolling off.

    use whatever you have handy that has some weight to it.

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    Candace........I have the 6600....a recent addition to my growing sewing machine collection!!
    Ditter

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    I need to get my flynn frame out now that I am FMQ :roll: I keep forgetting about it :oops:

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    I really don't like my Flynn Frame. I usually just get frustrated with it.

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    Have one, love it. Try taping pencils to keep the pipes from rolling off the tables. Mine don't roll too much on the table

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    don't have one, but sounds like some good ideas.

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