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Thread: Hello from Wisconsin!

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    Hello from Wisconsin!

    Hi everyone! New here-I found out about this forum via Pinterest. I had researched a snowman quilt to make for my mom this Christmas and found people talking about the pattern on this forum, so I thought I'd join.

    I'm 35 with a husband, preschooler, and a house full of pets. I've knitted and done no-sew projects, but I've never made a quilt before. Looking forward to doing it this holiday season and over the long winter here.

    Can't wait to learn more! I don't have a sewing machine yet, so I guess that should be an investment I make early on, huh?

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    ​Welcome from Ontario, Canada.

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    Welcome from western NY and happy quilting
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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    Welcome from NE Ohio

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    Welcome from Tennessee and a former Wisconsinite. A sewing machine would be handy but you could piece by hand if you preferred

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    Welcome from Oklahoma. Have fun doing your research on a machine.
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    I am from the South....39 miles south of Boston.

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    Hi and Welcome from North Carolina! You've come to the right place for all kinds of quilting answers to questions.

    Yes, a sewing machine will be most helpful. To start, I have found that one does not need a fancy (expensive) electronic machine. I had one of those fancy ones, and went back to a very inexpensive mechanical heavy duty Singer from Walmart. It does everything I need for it to do. Until you become familiar with quilting, I would suggest that you start this way. Later, if you find that you need an electronic one, you can use the mechanical as a backup or a travel machine. IMHO.

    Enjoy your quilting!! It's a great hobby!!
    Last edited by SillySusan; 08-28-2018 at 01:25 PM.

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    Welcome to the board! You can find a sewing machine in any price range. You could do it all by hand but it's a lot easier if you have a machine.

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    Hello and welcome! Perhaps even a vintage machine might interest you. You can learn to service them yourself, and they sew a great straight stitch. All-metal, or close to it.
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    welcome from Virginia.....

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    Waving hello from Maryland. Happy quilting!

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    Hi - welcome from Minnesota! Check out CraigsList for sewing machines or WalMart online which has refurbished ones for less than $75. A friend in Green Bay got one of the refurbished ones from WalMart for only $45 and it's still going strong two years later. All you really need is one that does basic stitching and you'll be fine.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Welcome from England!

    I mainly quilt by hand but have just purchased my dream sewing machine. I am saying that simply because my cheap Singer really did do everything I needed it to do for 30 years and it wasn't working properly. Honestly the super easy needle threader on my new machine is one of my most needed bits.....

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