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Thread: Looking into buying my 1st ever quilt frame...Opinions?

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    Junior Member QuilterMomOf3's Avatar
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    Looking into buying my 1st ever quilt frame...Opinions?

    http://flynnquilt.danemcoweb.com/sho...n-multi-frame/

    http://flynnquilt.danemcoweb.com/sho...k-frame-stand/


    I'm saving up to buy these...have any of you seen one in action, or owned one?

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    I bought a small frame from JoAnn's. It's PVC pipes. It works find for someone who has limited space.

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    There is a web site that gives you instructions on how to make quilt frame for a domestic sewing machine. I believe the instructions are $25 and you can buy all you need for about $60 at home depot. I think this is what my hubby will be making me for Christmas. It will do while I save money for my Bailey. Reviews are awesome and considering that many women and men, young and not so young made it themselves it cannot be that complicated. If you are looking for strictly hand quilting frame I'd say browse your Craiglist. I see them often for sale here on Long Island and some of them are pretty vintage and really nice. They seem to be hard to sell even with low prices. I guess there are not that many hand quilters around here. I will PM you the web site for the machine quilting frame as soon as my husband comes home. He bookmarked it on his laptop. Good luck and happy quilting.

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    If you would like a small PVC quilting frame I would be happy to give you mine. I have never used it and it is just sitting in my drawer waiting for somebody to claim it. I mostly machine quilt and I have no idea why I bought it in the first place. I think it is medium size I am not really sure. I know it grips fabric really well. If you are interested I will go down to my basement sewing/bat cave and I will get the measurements.
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    I can't offer any opinions on the machine quilting frame, since I rarely machine quilt. But on the floor frame for hand quilting. I think that frame offers such a very small area to be able to quilt in. I have used similar frames that offer a much wider area for quilting. My favorite type of floor frame is the simple one my husband made for me. It fits any size quilt. It can be used like the floor frame you have pictured, if you don't have the space to stretch a quilt out to full size. Here are pictures of my homemade frame.

    Quilt frame

    It is like those used in old fashioned quilting bees. I like it because I never have to worry about wrinkles in the backing or having to baste anything.
    Thimble and Thread

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    if you are buying it to machine quilt on, I would suggest one of these instead. http://machine-quilt-frames.blogspot.com/ He hasn't keep the blog current this summer, but he does have a frame currently listed on ebay. Just do a search for track & carriage quilt frame and it will pop up. It is much sturdier, and glides easily in all directions. It isn't quite so mobile as the Flynn but IMHO it's the better bang for the same buck so to speak. I do not have either one, but have quilting buddies who have both, and the ones with Kenneth Lund's track & carriage system LOVE it. After watching his video tutorials I'm sold I'm going to be getting one of these soon I hope, but since we just got a major deal on a floor frame for hand quilting it is going to have to wait.

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    I gave mine away.
    It is fine for baby quilts but they are easy on your sewing machine without a frame.
    You need a long table and it requires pvc pipes to roll on and they fall off the table.
    It was a waste of money.
    I dont know about the hand quilting table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shana View Post
    if you are buying it to machine quilt on, I would suggest one of these instead. http://machine-quilt-frames.blogspot.com/ He hasn't keep the blog current this summer, but he does have a frame currently listed on ebay. Just do a search for track & carriage quilt frame and it will pop up. It is much sturdier, and glides easily in all directions. It isn't quite so mobile as the Flynn but IMHO it's the better bang for the same buck so to speak. I do not have either one, but have quilting buddies who have both, and the ones with Kenneth Lund's track & carriage system LOVE it. After watching his video tutorials I'm sold I'm going to be getting one of these soon I hope, but since we just got a major deal on a floor frame for hand quilting it is going to have to wait.
    I appreciate his video, however, I'm buying his frame MOSTLY for hand quilting...

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    I've researched online about it and most people tape a pencil to either end ot their table to keep the PVC from falling off...

    On the other hand, I intend to use this frame for hand quilting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomOf3 View Post
    I've researched online about it and most people tape a pencil to either end ot their table to keep the PVC from falling off...

    On the other hand, I intend to use this frame for hand quilting...
    My PVC frame has fasteners for fabric. You can work on a block or two at time and when taken apart all the pieces fit in a large zip lock bag. Woman who taught me quilting used it all the time. I guess that's why I bought it in the first place. I inagined myself quilting while waiting for kids to finish their soccer practice. I sent you a pm. If you want it it is yours, free.

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