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Thread: Machine quilting frame question

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    Senior Member Beth33's Avatar
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    I'm thinking about buying a frame, but don't know a lot about them.

    Please look at this YouTube video about a "Grace" frame, and explain to me why the batting is left loose like that?

    I don't understand that part.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J1NzYjeIa0

    Thanks,
    Beth

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    Super Member Maride's Avatar
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    Batting is VERY stretchy and it can not be pulled on, or your quilt will have a weird shape when out of the rack.

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    That is how mine lays too. I don't have the fourth rail so mine just sits on the floor. I just tug the side once in a while so it stays straight and it works great. If it was on a rail like the top and bottom I think it would be too much tension on the batting and it might tear.

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    My grace frame has the fourth rail for batting, but there is no tension on it. Because I'm kind of a slob when I sew, I love it, because the batting isn't on the floor getting stepped on by dogs and picking up the assorted threads and scraps that are often on the floor.

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    Some frames don't have a batting roller to hold the batting while you are quilting & most of those that do are just keeping it off the floor--no tension on it because it is very stretchy. You'll end up with bald spots inside the quilt if you put very much tension on the batting.

    When considering the purchase of a quilt frame; Sturdy--if it wobbles--run away from it. Portability--whether you want to leave it up all the time or have to store it--if you have to store it--how easy is it to setup & take down? How large of a machine can be put on it--is it upgradeable if I buy a larger machine?

    Before sinking any money into a new frame, try to find some you can play with. You may decide frame quilting isn't your cup of tea or not really have the room to setup a frame.

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    When using the gracie frames, they say that you can do crib, queen or king, can you not quilt a twin or full size on it?

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    The Grace Frame sizes are given by the largest quilt you can put on it. If it's queen size, then you can put a queen or anything smaller, just not a king sized quilt.

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    Senior Member Beth33's Avatar
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    Thank you all for your help. I appreciate it!!

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    Hi Guys,

    Does anybody have the Gracie II?

    Would one of the new horizon machines fit on it?

    Hugs

    Caroline

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    Just bringing it to the top for you all to see!

    Hugs

    Caroline

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