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Thread: Do you have/use athe circular attachment to your machine?

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    Do you have/use athe circular attachment to your machine?

    I was watching a quilting video today on "The Quilt Show" website (which I love) and saw a quilter using a circular attachment. I never new there was one. I found one for my Brother machine and I am considering ordering it very soon. I would have loved to use it on my Crazy Quilt.

    Do you have this attachment and how do you like it?

    For those that don't know what it is ..here is a short video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhnfdecldpU
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    I have seen that too and it looks like a lot of fun. I was thinking of getting DH to make something similar that clamps to my sewing table instead of attaching to my machine, but haven't got around to it yet. The one for the Janome is quite pricey.
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    I bought one for my Janome MC4800. did a few blocks but nothing else just yet. it's not bad but the "tack" is a bit large that you have to push through your fabric.

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    its fun on the brother, but you have to feed the fabric just right to get the circle, but the stitching comes out nice. I use the brother attachment on my babylock with no problem. I want to say kenssewing center from amazon had a really good price, way cheaper than my dealer. My hubby got it for my birthday last year. I still want to try that drunkards path by doing the embroidered circles and cutting them into fours like I saw on fons and porter.

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    I bought the flower stitch foot to sew circles. It's cheap and works great. The circles aren't very big but what I wanted to make. http://www.internetsalesusa.com/flow...wing-machines/
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    Quite frankly, all you need is a drawing pin, sticky tape and a rule to do the same thing. Companies want to charge big prices for a glorified drawing pin.

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    I bought one for my Janome 6600 and so far have used it to embellish a couple of bags - one of them is in my photo album. It's important to reinforce the central point and also to find the exact center of the circle but, apart from that, it's very easy to use. I bought mine while on holiday in Sante Fe after looking at it for ages in my more local shop. The tipping point for me to part with the $70 was the exceptional work on display - they had made scalloped edges for a silk jacket with five or six circles of embroidery - all perfect. It's also useful for making curves - too big circles - that go off the edge of the fabric. I just played with mine - it's fun.


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    I have one and love it !! I don't use it a lot but it does make perfect circles if you need them. I'm working on a commissioned project (fellow quiltboard member) who wants to make a Drunkard's Path quilt but didn't want to deal with making those blocks. So, I'm using the circle attachment and stabilizer to make the circle then appliqueing it onto the background block then cutting it into 4 small blocks. Easy-peasy !!

    I've also used it on smaller quilts for quilting designs. I say smaller quilts since you will have to move the quilt around in the machine. It works perfect if you're making QAYG blocks.

    I want to personally make one like the one Pam Mahshe (spelling?) from Babylock demonstrates on Sewing with Nancy.

    It truly is a fun attachment to have if you can come up with uses for it to make it worth buying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jitkaau View Post
    Quite frankly, all you need is a drawing pin, sticky tape and a rule to do the same thing. Companies want to charge big prices for a glorified drawing pin.
    Unless you are all talking about something real fancy...It is just a glorified push pin on my machines, and then I can do some of the fancy stitches that are built into the machine in a circle. Very easy and gives a good look. I made them on some solid quilt squares to give a quilt some umpppffff...
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    Nygal, Thank you for reminding me about this attachment that I have on my xl1000 singer. Darn could have used it on my dresden plates! Oh well!
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    this may be the back side but it's what i did with my circular attachment to my Janome.
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    Save money and just tape a regular thumb tack, point up, 1/2 distance from needle will make a circle twice that size and you can use any decorative stitch you want to. Use several strips f tape to prevent the tack from slipping. Play with it, you will be a mazed what all you can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    I was watching a quilting video today on "The Quilt Show" website (which I love) and saw a quilter using a circular attachment. I never new there was one. I found one for my Brother machine and I am considering ordering it very soon. I would have loved to use it on my Crazy Quilt.

    Do you have this attachment and how do you like it?

    For those that don't know what it is ..here is a short video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhnfdecldpU
    First, I want to say what a wonderful resource youtube is,this is a great video... I am going to go do some round ribbon on a crazy quilt!
    I have one of these circle attachments and it came with my Bernina, yes I have used it on several occasions and I like it... but if it had not come with my machine I don't know that I would have made the additional purchase.
    I actually used this to create some circle appliques... use the attachment to tack down a piece of fabric, cut the extra fabric, now restitch with a decorative stitch.
    easy peasy...

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    The concept intrigues me but I can't think of things to do it with. You have to have the fabric quite stiff for it to feed properly in a circle. I would have to put stabilizer or wonder under onto the fabric to stitch the edge. If I use a fancy stitch the ends are not going to meet up properly. If I straight stitch the edge then I suppose you could use it for raw edge circles on top of another fabric square and carefully cut away the extra fabric. I could stitch a circle with a dryer sheet on top of the right side and then turn for Drunkard's Path blocks. All the things I think of would make a stiffer appliqué. What am I missing?

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    I originally thought of using it to quilt circles on a quilt like I've seen others do. just a regular stitch. But I haven't done that yet. not fond of poking holes in my quilt and the quilt going through the throat of my machine could make it come off of the tack if I wasn't careful.
    doing blocks like this with decorative stitches and then putting them together as a QAYG would work fine though.

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    I have one for my Janome 3600 and it was invaluable making flannel nursing pads for my daughter. I used 3 layers of white flannelette, cut a square bigger than the size I wanted to make and used an embroidery scallop stitch in a circle the size I wanted. Then I trimmed around the scalloped edge with small scissors. My daughter loved them, they were easy to toss into the wash, they were absorbent, and it saved using disposables.
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    that scallop stitch, nativetexan, is the one I used with my circular attachment to make washable nursing pads (3 layers of flannel)
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    I have one for my Bernina, don't use it much tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    The concept intrigues me but I can't think of things to do it with. You have to have the fabric quite stiff for it to feed properly in a circle. I would have to put stabilizer or wonder under onto the fabric to stitch the edge. If I use a fancy stitch the ends are not going to meet up properly. If I straight stitch the edge then I suppose you could use it for raw edge circles on top of another fabric square and carefully cut away the extra fabric. I could stitch a circle with a dryer sheet on top of the right side and then turn for Drunkard's Path blocks. All the things I think of would make a stiffer appliqué. What am I missing?
    For the drunkard's path I'm working on - I use a cut-away stabilizer and trim out the stabilizer "after" I turn and applique the circle on and cut in the 4 blocks. You could also use wash-away stabilizer "after" the sew down.

    As for having to use stiffer stabilizer, that's not really necessary. I help guide the fabric around simply by having my hand just under the fabric to keep it level and moving freely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I bought the flower stitch foot to sew circles. It's cheap and works great. The circles aren't very big but what I wanted to make. http://www.internetsalesusa.com/flow...wing-machines/
    I'm not sure how often I'd use circles but I'd like the option to. I would probably buy the flower one first to see how I liked that and if I found I used it often enough then I'd buy the more expensive kind which seems to offer a bigger variety of styles and sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianna77984 View Post
    Save money and just tape a regular thumb tack, point up, 1/2 distance from needle will make a circle twice that size and you can use any decorative stitch you want to. Use several strips f tape to prevent the tack from slipping. Play with it, you will be a mazed what all you can do.
    When I bought my Rocketeer, the first quilt I made was a mock cathedral quilt. The instructions said to cut my fabric into circles and sew them together. I thought, "To heck with trying to sew perfectly around circles! I'll sew them into circles first, then cut them." So I measured out onto my cabinet, put a sticker to mark the spot, and used masking tape to hold a thumb tack point-upward. I put squares on the tack, spun them to be sure all I had the fabric centered well, and hit the pedal. I just watched the stitches go in a perfect circle - over and over and over.

    I notice that, so far, no one has said, "Gee that thumb tack idea sounds good." So I guess nobody wants to try the homemade solution.

    Oh, and I stuck a rubber eraser over the tack to keep the fabric in place while sewing.

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    I decided that I'd prefer using the homemade one instead of spending the 32 for one. I was taught in a class how to use some tape, thumb tack and a pencil eraser (the ones like on top of a auto pencil) and it works great and does the same thing. You just move the thumb tack depending on how large you want your circle and it's universal. I don't mind buying things for my machine but if I don't have to then I don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tate_elliott View Post
    When I bought my Rocketeer, the first quilt I made was a mock cathedral quilt. The instructions said to cut my fabric into circles and sew them together. I thought, "To heck with trying to sew perfectly around circles! I'll sew them into circles first, then cut them." So I measured out onto my cabinet, put a sticker to mark the spot, and used masking tape to hold a thumb tack point-upward. I put squares on the tack, spun them to be sure all I had the fabric centered well, and hit the pedal. I just watched the stitches go in a perfect circle - over and over and over.

    I notice that, so far, no one has said, "Gee that thumb tack idea sounds good." So I guess nobody wants to try the homemade solution.

    Oh, and I stuck a rubber eraser over the tack to keep the fabric in place while sewing.

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    check the post that came after yours; I keep my thumb tack and tape right by my machine. No since in wasting money if you don't have to. Most of my class did it this way and the ones who had the circular attachment their blocks were as good as the ones who used the tack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    The concept intrigues me but I can't think of things to do it with. You have to have the fabric quite stiff for it to feed properly in a circle. I would have to put stabilizer or wonder under onto the fabric to stitch the edge. If I use a fancy stitch the ends are not going to meet up properly. If I straight stitch the edge then I suppose you could use it for raw edge circles on top of another fabric square and carefully cut away the extra fabric. I could stitch a circle with a dryer sheet on top of the right side and then turn for Drunkard's Path blocks. All the things I think of would make a stiffer appliqué. What am I missing?
    You are making this way to difficult. We made quilt blocks and used fancy stitches; no stabilizer needed. Sometimes we have a tendacy to over think things; it really is very simple. Try it with the thumb tack/tape and eraser head and see if you like it.
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