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Thread: How to manage a large quilt while trying to sew on the binding

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    Question How to manage a large quilt while trying to sew on the binding

    I feel like I am fighting with my quilt as I try to sew on the binding. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to corral large quilts/

    Thanks

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    some members have said that they put an ironing board next to the sewing machine to hold the weight.
    Nancy in western NY

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    I only make throw size quilts. I also use a table next to my machine, but found using a rubber glove on my left hand really helps too.
    Donna

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    Thanks for the suggestion.

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    I would do it the same way that I quilt a large quilt. I put a table to the side. If I had space, I 'd also put one behind my machine.
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    Last year when Mom was sewing the binding on a large quilt, she enlisted me and a friend to help with the weight. First she pulled her sewing machine away from the wall, so there was room for me on a chair behind it. Then she added a folding table on one side, and her friend was stationed there. It took us quite awhile with one coffee and cookie break half way through, but the job was so much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    Last year when Mom was sewing the binding on a large quilt, she enlisted me and a friend to help with the weight. First she pulled her sewing machine away from the wall, so there was room for me on a chair behind it. Then she added a folding table on one side, and her friend was stationed there. It took us quite awhile with one coffee and cookie break half way through, but the job was so much easier.

    Dayle
    What fun! Not having such dedicated family and friends I use the back extension on my sewing cabinet and those quilter's gloves with the little gripper dots. I also do small sections, making sure all material in that section is free before moving to the next section.
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    You might try moving your machine to your dinning room table.
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    Use my dining room table to support the weight of the quilt

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    I also use my ironing board to the left of the machine....it gives me the necessary and temporary space to hold it up without pulling.....once I get one side done and around the corner, I get up and totally re-arrange the quilt so the sewing side is completely free and easy to manage.....I've completed several king sized quilts, from the piecing to the fmq on my Janome 6600, so it can be done (maybe not as good as LA, but done).

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