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Thread: tut for quilting frame

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    I've been asked to make a tut for the frame I made. I've never done one before but I'm going to give it a try.
    Ok here goes.
    This does include a Flynn frame but I’m sure you could make that to without much trouble. I got it for my birthday and so it didn’t cost me anything.

    This is the material list.

    This is for a 4’ frame. You can easily make it an 8’ frame.

    4 1x2”x8’ poplar boards (if you’re making an 8’ frame you will need 6)

    1 ½”x½”x8’ square dowel

    1 Ύ”xΎ”x6’ square dowel

    1 1” dowel rod

    1 2’ drawer slide (This is what I got, Euro-Style Self-Close Drawer Slide)

    4 casters ( I got the stationary kind, They need to be the kind that mount on the bottom)

    1 5/8”x12x24” shelf (you could also use plywood)

    4 ½” 2 hole pipe strap ( find that in plumbing)

    2 clamps

    Screws

    Nails

    Glue

    Sand paper

    First for the carriage. Take 1 of the 1x2”x8’ boards and cut two 2’ sections Mount your drawer slide to the 2’ sections and your shelf. Make sure you follow the directions on the slides. Cut two 14” sections from the same board. Take the 2 boards that you have the slides on and nail and glue to the 14” boards. Make sure they are square and your shelf slides easily.

    Cut the 1” dowel rod into 2 36” pieces. You can make them longer if you want. This should let you sew from both sides. Center and attach the dowel rods to each side of the shelf with the 4 pipe straps. You might have to squeeze them together a little (it’s easy) they need to hold the dowel rod firmly with the straps. Measure the distance between your dowel rods and cut 2 -Ύ” dowels to fit. Attach to the ends of the dowel rods with a nail and glue or screw.

    Attach the 4 casters (wheels) to the bottom of the 14” pieces.

    That should have your carriage.
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    Now the frame.

    Cut 4 - 1x2” 4’ in length.
    Cut 2 - 1x2” 2’ in length.
    Cut 2 - ½”x½” 4’ in length.

    Nail and glue 2 - 1x2” together to form an L.
    Nail and glue 1- ½”x½” to form a track.
    Repeat for the other side.
    Make sure that you check your carriage wheels in the tracks. You don’t want them tight. You just want them as a guide.
    Join together at the ends with 1x2”x2’.

    I made the side pieces with the scraps. If you’re using the Flynn frame you need to put everything together and set your machine on the carriage. Put the frame in the machine then you can measure how long you need to cut your side pieces. I guess you could measure from the table up to the top of your machine and get the same measurements. But you need to know where to mount your side pieces. So put your frame in and make sure your carriage is as far back as it will go then slide your frame forward to the needle. Now mark on the side of your frame where you want to put your side pieces. Attach your side pieces with nails and glue or screws. Attach the frame to your table with the 2 clamps. There you have it!

    Hope this explains ok.
    :D
    I took these pics after I made it but I hope it helps.
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    Thank you for doing the tutorial for us, great job!

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    I hope I made it clear enough

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    Thanks for the tute.

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    That looks fantastic! Great pictures.

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    Thank you so much! Please tell me what is the size of the throat of the sewing machine you are using on the frame, and how big of a quilt can you quilt on it?

    Thanks

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    I'm sorta new to quilting,and I figured someone smarter than me could figure out how to quilt a large quilt on some kind of frame. All I have seen is the humungus quilting machines which totally turns me off. Thanks to you I am now encouraged! You have done it!
    Now all I got to do is find someone handier than I to make this for me! Thanks a bunch!

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    Im bookmarking this, maybe I can get dh or son to do this for me!

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