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Thread: how do you stipple?

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    I agree Carla, I heard a few small remarks when I bought my machine at WM. It's a singer and it was a good price. Amore expensive brand may have more bells and whistles (that I probably wouldn't bother learning to use) but I don't think it would work any better. The reason I replaced my 28 yr old was because it was my birthday and I couldn't think of anything I really wanted. On my next BD I got a Singer embroidery machine and I love it too. I'm not sure but didn't Singer used to be the only machine? I've never seen another brand in the treadle style like the pioneers had. That's what I learned to sew on and still have it. Kenmore makes very good products, more money doesn't always mean better quality.

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    Thank you, Kathy! :D My Grandmother helped support the family by making clothes and quilts on a Singer treadle that my Great-Grandmother had given to her which had been bought before the Depression. In 1972, for Christmas all of her kids pooled the money to buy her a new Singer with a cabinet, & it was the only other machine she ever owned. My Aunt still uses it to this day. 8) If it ain't broke... :lol: Now Kathy, if you are in the mood to pass out sewing machines for B-day gifts, I have one in July... :lol: I'm not a snob either. I already have a bell on my phone, so I don't need another, & I can whistle for my dogs, so I don't need that either... :lol:

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    I do a lot of free motion quilting. I to learned that stippling shouldn't cross over itself, but since I don't put my quilts in shows I don't worry too much about it. Stippling is pretty small, meandering is bigger. For the life of me I can't seem to follow a drawn on quilting pattern. A friend and long arm quilter told me to draw, doodle, scribble whatever you want to call it and that works well. I can do pine cones and pine boughs, write, leaves... This last year I wrote happy holidays continuosly in a border. The trick is practice a little bit everyday and move fast if you go slow it doesn't work. my .02 marieg

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    Mandy, I recently took a machine quilting class at a shop that specializes in Bernina machines. The owner repeatedly asked me if I wanted to borrow 1 of their machines vs. bringing my own..NOOO...I took "Sally" (my 1970 something Singer) and proudly used her all day. Everyone else had to work with their Bernina's and a lot of them wasted a lot of time trying to figure out how to use them!

    Don't get me wrong, 1 of my goals is to someday own 1 of those nice Bernina's, but I just can't seem to justify it right now.

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    I agree Carla, I have owned two brands of machine Singer and Pfaff. I love old Singers and I like my new Pfaff. I have nothing against other machines its just what I like. Saying that I would probably never buy a Bernia. It's one of those people have shoved it down my throat and I'm stubborn. marieg

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    I got confused because the meandering style of stippling is so common. I thought that that was all there was, but then I read this:

    Simply defined, stippling refers to the quilting technique of sewing lines of stitching close together, approximately 1/16 to 1/8 inch apart. The most recognized stipple pattern (a non-pattern, really) is a meandering line that curves in and out, creating shapes that look like pieces from a jigsaw puzzle. To be authentic, it should be a continuous line, but since starting and stopping can be accomplished invisibly when you're hand quilting, no one will ever know.

    Other well-known quilting patterns like checkerboard, diamond, and chevron can be adapted for stippling quilt backgrounds. - From "Flawless Hand Quilting"

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    http://www.michelles-designs.com/stipplinginstructions.htm
    http://patchpieces.com/2001quiltingBOM.html
    http://www.quiltingassistant.com/stippling.html

    Patchpieces.com has free stipple patterns in Pdf.

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    thanks for the info, everyone! i printed some instructions on stippling, and I may actually try it someday! Y'all have made it seem much less intimidating than it is.

    I really appreciate it! I'm kinda excited now!

    Robbi

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    I've seen plastic stencils with the stippling pattern in different sizes. Google "quilting stencils" and you'll get some sites to look at stencils.

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    I also recently tried to do stippling which was way harder to do than it looked. i started off trying to meander and not cross over but in the end i ended up inventing a new thing..i call it scribbling and you can cross over lines! Now i am happy and maybe one day i will master stippling but for now i am happy to do scribbling!!

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