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    You are human and allowed to make mistakes...which we all do..so go for it...before long you'll wonder what all the fuss was about....You'll do great
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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947 View Post
    Fear of failure can get in the way of our successes. Just know from the beginning there will be a learning curve. It's time to get some practice fabric on your frame and begin the learning process! You can do this. I am green with envy that you have this setup. I encourage you to jump in and get going!!
    Maybe practice on some old fabric til it feels comfortable. I did the same with a scanner for my new home sewing machine....never used it but hope to when I find where I put it just play with it on something not important,and you won't worry like if it was a quilt you worked hard on. Pick specific time and date so you will look at it as a date with a new friend. Good luck.

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    Me too! Well, I wasn't scared, but I hated it! Now the frame is in the garage and the machine is on my desk (still great for FMQ!) and just thinking about it makes me feel sick! All that money... I have had an ad on Craigslist, but nobody else wants it, either!

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    Just do it!!! You have to start sometimes. My boss has a mid-arm and after having it for a few years, she took some classes at the quilt store where they sell Gammills. She is now quilting up a storm, having a blast at all the new techniques she has learned and wondering why she didn't do that long ago. Have fun with it!!!

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    Don't be hard on yourself it is learning!!! make something on fabric you aren't as fond of and if it doesn't turn out , the dog will love it for a warm lovey bed!! that is what I do or use muslin practice sandwiches and enjoy the process !!! You will be a pro in no time!!! There are no Quilt police !!!
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    I think we all felt that way! I got over my fear when I put some cheap sheets on the machine (I bought them at the local thrift store) and drew the design that was on the quilt I wanted to do -- I practiced the techniques there and then went for it. You're going to see every wobble and problem...but IGNORE them.......just keep going. Finish the "quilt" and take it off the machine -- now -- can you see those wobbles??? More than anything -- have FUN with it!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAJAMK View Post
    I know this sounds weird. But I bought a small used midarm setup with a Little Gracie II frame 3 months ago and I am scared to death to use it! At first I could not wait to buy one. Then I helped my son set up the frame. And I have barely taken the time to learn all that is involved. I have made a few quilts but I just use my DSM for free motion.
    Honestly, the truth is I am scared!
    Has anyone else been like this? I feel so guilty for spending the $$ now it is just sitting there. I really need some encouragement or advice.
    Just get a small quilt for starters and then go for it.I don't have the room or $$ for one,but that don't keep me from dreaming for one someday before I get toooo old.I am 48 my age don't bother me but my health sure does.

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    I started with a B-line frame and Juki machine. I learned ALOT..and on my own. I purchased at a big quilt show, had it shipped and had NO help! I DID shed tears, but I finally realized I was learning to troubleshoot. Everytime I solved a problem, I knew how to deal with it the NEXT time. I have upgraded twice and now quilt on a gently used Gammill Classic Plus. I love 'Lucy' and she loves me back (she got her name by me chanting 'righty tighty, left loose-y' when I was adjusting her tensions to suit ME.) Find yourself an online group that will listen. MQResource.com and longarmchat.com maybe good places to start. I am SURE there is a group that just has Little Gracie frames. Finding someone who 'speaks' Little Gracie, will help you know you are NOT alone..and you are NOT crazy! Hang in there and just try ONE thing at a time. This week:load...next week: try tensions. One or two successes and you will be on your way.

    Two more suggestions:1. practice doodling on a white board till you like what you can doodle. (I dont' say draw because I do NOT excell at drawing...now DOODLING..THAT is a different story!) Elbows and wrists off the board as you are training your arm and shoulder the shapes. 2. www.pajamaquilter.com I LOVE her freemotion designs. They are EASY and they look GREAT and she is SO supportive! I have been quilting on a track frame since 2005 and I just ordered her 2nd DVD as a present to ME! I hope all this rambling helps. Feel free to PM me if you need a shoulder or someone to listen!


    PS I made aLOT Of dog beds for a rescue out of my beginning quilting! The dogs LOVED them and no one was the wiser that my quilting was....well...LESS than stellar!
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    The first quilt I tried on my mid-arm setup back in about 2003, I threw away when it was finished. After that, I didn't seem to have a problem. I think I got mad at the machine and was determined to figure it out. I think you should just dive in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAJAMK View Post
    I know this sounds weird. But I bought a small used midarm setup with a Little Gracie II frame 3 months ago and I am scared to death to use it! At first I could not wait to buy one. Then I helped my son set up the frame. And I have barely taken the time to learn all that is involved. I have made a few quilts but I just use my DSM for free motion.
    Honestly, the truth is I am scared!
    Has anyone else been like this? I feel so guilty for spending the $$ now it is just sitting there. I really need some encouragement or advice.
    Golly girl, pin your ears back and go to it. You can do it. I know you can. I wish I lived closer, I'd help you and I've never run one before either. When I get mine, I'm going to drive that think like nobodys business. hehehe! Kepp up posted on your advancements!!
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    My new setup is with a strait stitch machine and it is very scary. Ive ruined several practice pieces and am scared to try again. The machine is just not easy to use on a frame and their are no instuctions to follow. I do love the stitch regulator I bought for it but even that has a learning curve.
    Maybe this year is the year to get down to business and learn it.
    I like the idea of using a panel with just flannel backing to practice on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAJAMK View Post
    I know this sounds weird. But I bought a small used midarm setup with a Little Gracie II frame 3 months ago and I am scared to death to use it! At first I could not wait to buy one. Then I helped my son set up the frame. And I have barely taken the time to learn all that is involved. I have made a few quilts but I just use my DSM for free motion.
    Honestly, the truth is I am scared!
    Has anyone else been like this? I feel so guilty for spending the $$ now it is just sitting there. I really need some encouragement or advice.
    Iam sure I will nt be the only one to post this, but you just must take the first step! There is an old saying that the best way to eat and elephant is one bite at a time. I had a 401 machine years ago that did wonderful things, it took me almost a year to screw up the courage to try the discs. lol Sometimes there is no cure but to just do it!
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    Congrats on the new setup. First make a practise sandwich. second watch utube videos on LAQ. Linda Taylor is the Queen and has done beginner LAQ classes. The only major difference b/n your setup and the LA machines is the space you have to quilt in. I did many pantos on mine but they had to be smaller5 inches max if I was doing a full or queen size quilt. I also did a little fm but was not ever good at it. Practise and practise alot! Enjoy the learning process take a few classes and have fun! Luann
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    I know exactly what you mean. More than 25 years ago, I bought one of the first Gammill long arms. At that time hardly anyone had them and there were no manuals or written directions. Mr Gammill came to set it up and gave me verbal instructions which included oiling the machine, setting up the fabric, and a lot of cautions about only quilting in one direction etc. There were no magazines on machine quilting or any support from other quilters. I was overwhelmed and as you said, scared to use it. Well, I was having children and working and never really used it. Finally, 25 years later, I said what the heck, had it serviced and just dug in. I had to look at a picture on the gammill ads to remember how to load it. The model is so old, the online manuals don't refer to it. But, it really isn't so difficult. You can't really hurt the machine and it is so worth it. I don't have a stitch regulator but I have "mastered" basic free motion stuff. (or at least can do it ok). I even had the nerve to mess with the tension, top and bobbin. Any change you make can be reversed! Once you start working with it, your confidence will quickly build. Good Luck.

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    best thing to do is get some muslin for front and back and some scrap batting throw it on the frame and play you will not worry as much then because it is just a practice tablet so to speak

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    Jump in there and get your feet wet girl! I found a great quote this weekend that is going to be my mantra for this year ~
    Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”-- Neil Gaiman

    Mistakes are how we learn..and learning leads to Love..and you DO Love your quilting? Right? =)
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    I completely understand your fear. If you are concerned about ruining your quilts... start with a small simple project that you have not invested a lot of time making. Table runners, placemats, lap quilts or baby quilts are a good place to begin. Confidence comes with practice. Google "free motion quilt tutorials" or check out youtube for inspiration. Don't expect perfection, just do the best that you can. Everyone has to start somewhere. Just relax and enjoy it.
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    Little Gracie

    I win! I've had mine for two years and turned it on twice. Sigh! It is intimidating to me. I thought I'd be "smart" and loaded a whole bunch of warm and natural on it so I didn't have to reload too often. Shouldn't have done that as far as I'm concerned. Such a waste of money sitting there. I love the idea of it, but I wish I hadn 't spent the money on it. Sigh! Good luck and I hope your braver than me.
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    I agree! I got a juki and frame around 1st of dec and it's still in the box. Really need to take the time to learn how to use it!!!
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    The Juki is a joy to sew with, on or off a frame! I have a Tin Lizzie, four years now, and I don't use it as often as I should, maybe 10 small quilts each year. Everytime I do use it, I kick myself for not doing it more often because it is so much fun! I even try to do stuff after watching a Sharon Schamber video and can come sort of close to what hers look like (if you squint from 10 feet away!). I've given my muslin practice pieces to the dog shelter and our own dog has an impressive number of quilts, but they are like practice sketch books. Every drawing you make doesn't turn out to be a masterpiece, but you will see progress as you go.

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    People, people, people...it seems that we are all related!! When I got my long-arm it sat for at least 3 months because I was terrified of it. My advice is to jump in and quilt. Get some cheap fabric, make a sandwich and go for it. If you mess up, big deal, it's only fabric. But keep your first piece and look at it in a month, 6 months and a year..you will be so thrilled with your learning progess. And RELAX! Have fun and enjoy yourself..you can do this!

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    I agree, just take some fabric you don't care about or just some plain muslin (I recycled some old curtains we took down), make a sandwich and just start playing. You can find ideas for stitch samplers on line I'm sure (there was a class included when I bought my LA). Then you could even use the completed sandwiches for pet quilts or as a machine cover (my dealer takes the ones they use for class demos and packs the machines for deliveries (they reuse them until they wear out).

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    I was that way with my new machine when I got it I was afraid I would wreck it somehow. The lady at the store said just use it that I could not possibly wreck it. But yes I know the scared filling.

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    OK ! What is the difference between a mid-arm and a long-arm machine. I would like to buy a quilting machine but have no idea what to buy and then there is ...... mid- arm and long- arm to consider too!!!

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    Try watching some of the many, many videos on YouTube. It might just get the creative juices flowing.
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