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    Hi everyone. My name is Lorayne and I'm from the UK. I am getting a new machine for my birthday and am looking forward to quilting. I only have just over a week to go.

    The main decision is which machine to go for. Also what other things I need to get to make sure I'm kitted out. Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
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    Hi from Ohio! I have an Elna. It just depends on what you can get locally and how many fancy stitches you may want. My suggestion is try out all of the machines that a shop has and see how each one handles. Good Luck and have a Happy Birthday!
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    Welcome from North Carolina
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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Most quilters today use: sewing machine, rotary cutter, rotary ruler and cutting mat, quilting pins, thread, quilt batt and lots of fabric. Have fun!

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    Welcome from central Texas. I might add that you should also feel comfortable with the sewing machine dealer. The support you get (or don't get) from the dealer and staff can make or break the pleasure you get from your new machine. Have fun!

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    Thank you all for your messages. They have been helpful. I think I'll definitely try a few machines before I decide. I think it seems more of a personal choice than one great brand.
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    Welcome from Houston TX. I love my Baby Lock but don't know how available they are to you. Also it really helps to get one from a good store that has someone who can service the machine annually. It also helps if they can give you a lesson on using the machine. Best of luck and Happy Birthday!

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    Hello Lorayne, welcome from northern California! Happy Birthday!
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    Welcome aboard. I think my Janome 6600 is marvelous, but most of my guild sisters think the same thing of their machines. If you intend to do free motion quilting (that's the curvy stuff), you will want to be able to drop the feed dogs.
    Getting kitted up. Besides fabric and thread, you would do well to get a rotary cutter and mat, scissors and at least one good ruler. There are many opinions about rulers too. I use my June Taylor 1/2" division Shapecut for almost everything. Most of my guild sisters would say you need a 6x24" ruler. Be sure the printing on the ruler is not so thick that you can't see the fabric well through it. It is good to have a 1/4" foot and a "walking foot" (known by various names from various companies). If you are intending to hand quilt, you will still want the walking foot for adding binding. You need a good iron and ironing board. I like to have an embroidery/darning foot for free motion quilting. Free patterns are available in several web sites. IMHO, a quilting program is a wonderful thing, but it is not essential by any means. I like Quilt Pro. Get exxtra rotary blades and sewing machine needles, as you will wear them to dullness , even if you don't break them. Pins. There are lots of different opinions about pins too. I use both short quilters pins and the long ones with flower heads. Pins which are not designed for quilting leave larger holes and don't work at all well with batiks. Mostly, you will need lots of immagination and some courage. Understand that at least one person will tell you that quilters are all crazy because we take perfectly good fabric, cut it into little pieces, then sew it together again. If you worry about combining colors (I don't), down load a picture of a color wheel and learn to use it. Most of all, have fun.

    There are lots of quilters' terms and abbreviations. There is a list available on this site. It might be helpful to download it into your word processor. Be sure to ask whenever you run into questions/problems.

    Since you are on this site, you will have lots of free advice available from experienced quilters at almost any time of the day or night.

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    Thanks so much for all the information. There seems to be so much that I need to think about.
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