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Thread: original grace quilting frame

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    Super Member boohoofish's Avatar
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    I have been offered one of these and hope its worth the effort to 1-clean and rearrange the sewing room 2-use the space required to set it up 3-use my Janome 6600 without much difficulty 4-actually be able to do machine quilting without too much of an effort.
    I feel its a good deal and I've been wanting a frame for quite a while but not able to afford one at the present time. But felt - I should ask all you "experts" out there.
    Any help on this decision will be appreciated. Carol

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    can't help you there but I'd like to have a long arm machine but just can't justify it right now. I only have 8 tops waiting to be finished!

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    It's worth it. I had to redo my bedroom to fit mine in and I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boohoofish
    I have been offered one of these and hope its worth the effort to 1-clean and rearrange the sewing room 2-use the space required to set it up 3-use my Janome 6600 without much difficulty 4-actually be able to do machine quilting without too much of an effort.
    I feel its a good deal and I've been wanting a frame for quite a while but not able to afford one at the present time. But felt - I should ask all you "experts" out there.
    Any help on this decision will be appreciated. Carol
    These statements made my eyebrows raise, "3-use my Janome 6600 without much difficulty 4-actually be able to do machine quilting without too much of an effort."

    You do realize that it isn't going to come with a personal instructor? Someone is going to have to setup the frame, put the 40+ pound sewing machine on it and hook up an extension cord for it, load fabric & batting on it, get it all tensioned properly--machine & fabric--and then teach yourself how to machine quilt.

    I used an Elna 7200 (close cousin to a Janome 6500) on a B-Line Studio frame for many years. At first, I was afraid of it, though. I spent almost $1,000 on a box of wood & metal pieces. Hubby helped me put it together so that wasn't too bad. Then I hem-hawed around some more making leaders for it. (Since your's is used--maybe it will have the leaders). It came with very good instructions including suggestions for making leaders but I was intimidated. Me, the network engineer! Anyway, a friend of mine really wanted to play with it so she came over one day (by then I had all ready made the leaders but hadn't put them on) and helped me tape the leaders to the poles. She then shamed me into loading some crappy fabric and craft batting onto it and we played for a little while. I spent the next couple weekends making loops, swirls, writing my name and then actually drawing flowers and animals with it. I was hooked! My friend was still amazed by it and did eventually come over and load her baby quilt on it and doodled clouds all over it. She did not like loading, advancing & unloading the quilt, though so that one is all she ever did. She is a hand quilter and will always prefer the look of hand quilting over machine so that combined with her dislike of the other parts of machine quilting caused her interest to quickly disappear.

    Since that time, I've moved my frame 3 or 4 times, extended it to 12 feet from 10 feet, added PC Quilter and Max Throat to it and then moved up to a Voyager 17 on a ProFlex frame. My biggest challenges have been old/bad/dry thread, a defective bobbin, poorly wound bobbins, bent needle and one hair pulling, cussing, gave up and took the machine to the doctor event was caused by a lint ball being sucked up into the tension disks and I couldn't get it out. I've also had tiny little snippets of thread get stuck in the bobbin area and then hide when I tried to figure out what was going on but that happens on & off the frame with my Elna.

    Long story short--if you're expecting no difficulty and little effort to produce a quality machine quilted quilt--you're going to be disappointed. It takes lots practice & patience to produce those results. Some people just aren't into machine quilting or like my friend--won't like the way it looks no matter what. You won't know until you try though and if someone is giving you a frame--you've got nothing to lose.

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    I would suggest that you do some search on
    Grace company's web site and look for the instruction to assemble the frame. OR you can write to them and ask for a copy, but you will need to know the model name of the frame.

    It is not going to be doom and gloom! Many women have assembled their frames...and most of us did not have a tutor to teach us how to do the quilting designs. Most of us practiced and practiced on old sheets with batting in the middle until we got the hang of the machine running over the top of the quilt. I had to get used to the idea of moving the machine...and not the quilt. Boy, what a joy it was to not drag that quilt through the harp of the machine.

    Be aware that the harp on your domestic machine may limit the quilting space you will have as you roll up your quilted quilt. Start small...to learn what the possibilities are for this size machine. Later you might want to invest in something with a longer arm....which will give more quilting space.
    I will be glad to help you along the way.

    Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Take it!!!

    June in Cincinnati

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    If you don't want it I will take it off your hands. :-D

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    having a frame is so much better than not having a frame. it is definitely worth the effort

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    be sure to contact Grace and make sure that machine will fit on the Original Gracie frame...

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    I have one I have been trying to sell for three years its just too big for me to have in my small room

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    I thought most Grace frames were designed so that you can adjust the size to suit your space. Mine has 4 sections, the largest being King size...but I have mine set at Queen which works for the size quilts I make most often.

    Where have you advertised? I am surprised someone here has not grabbed it. Everyone seems to want a frame.

    June in Cincinnat

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