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Thread: Flynn Quilting Frame

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    Super Member SharonC's Avatar
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    I can't get a LA (yet) so I was looking into the Flynn QF. Can any of you tell me the pros and cons you've ran into?
    I think it will be advantageous for me to get one, but don't want to add to my never ending pile of "un-used toys" :)
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Sharon

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    I looked at the Flynn but didn't like the idea of the sewing machine being stationary and wrestling with the quilt back and forth on pvc pipes on a long table. I needed something that I could better control. I knew I would get too frustrated with this set-up.

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    There are some who have had great results with this frame. It wasn't for me, tho.

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    i'm very happy with my flynn quilting frame.

    i didn't have any problem with the switch to quilting from the side of the sewing machine.

    it didn't take long to master moving the quilt around on the pvc pipes. i now guide my quilts with 2 fingers when i'm quilting, its that smooth.

    i typically lay down utility stitches (like stitch in the ditch) first and then i pull out the middle rod. this way i can move the quilt back and forth however i wish since the 3 layers are being held together by the SITD.

    this allows me to do more complex designs without having to cut the threads off and move to the next section.

    if i don't plan to do any SITD i put done long basting stitches on the flynn and then i pull out the middle rod.

    once i'm done with all the complex designs i just cut out all the basting stitches.





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    i should also let you know that i usually don't make quilts over 6 feet square.

    although i have quilted a King size quilt on the flynn and it wasn't that bad.

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    Mine works OK on smaller quilts but I like to make larger quilts and I haven't been able to master using it. Mine sits unused most of the time.

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    kluedesigns - How were you able to quilt a king size quilt on the Flynn? I can't find rods that will fit with the end pieces, so I can't figure out how to extend the system :(

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    :roll: Hi,
    Im new to this. was interested in getting some help with free motion quilting - Im awful at it.. so was considering the Flynn frame or the Fabric motion gizmo that Viking at Joann Fabrics sells.. Please comment on what would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    kluedesigns - How were you able to quilt a king size quilt on the Flynn? I can't find rods that will fit with the end pieces, so I can't figure out how to extend the system :(
    go to home depot and buy some rods of electrical conduit. then you can cut it down to whatever size you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nzm
    :roll: Hi,
    Im new to this. was interested in getting some help with free motion quilting - Im awful at it.. so was considering the Flynn frame or the Fabric motion gizmo that Viking at Joann Fabrics sells.. Please comment on what would be better.
    i don't have the fabric mover but i did comparison shop it when considering the flynn frame.

    i spent 2 hours quilting on the fabric mover with a 60 x 60 quilt and it was still difficult to work with. i intentionally brought my own quilt to the store for this reason.

    they always have the mover set up with a small quilt sandwich and lets face it how is it to quilt something that 18 x 18. its the large quilts that have drag thats the problem.

    i've also altered my sewing table so that its easier to quilt. this is the link to the set up i have - it cost a couple of bucks from home depot.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAS25...eature=related



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