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Thread: Am I the only one????

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    Am I the only one out here that doesn't have a quilting machine???? I make queen size quilts and have to quilt all by hand, which takes forever! I keep asking for a quilter but know in this small place I'll never get one.....oh boo whooo for me. Sorry just being jealous of all the beautiful work you all do.
    Thanks.

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    I don't have one either....do my own FMQ on my domestic brother....it's hard, but can be done

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    I have a regular size Bernina that I have quilted all of my own quilts on. Over 200 of them. It is not fun to quilt a queensize on but it can be done...

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    I sometimes make a whole quilt by hand. I enjoy the process but I do have a sewing machine or two that I use :)

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    You're not the only one. I don't have a quilting machine either.

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    I use my Janome to quilt my quilts. I take the king-size ones to the quilt shop and rent a quilting machine for the day to get those done.

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    you do not need a special machine to machine quilt a quilt- you only need practice

    many many fabulous- famous - spectacular international award winning quilters quilt on a domestic machine (the same machine they piece with)

    there are tons of tutorials, videos and classes available to help you learn to free motion quilt with your domestic machine.

    the first quilt i ever quilted was an $89 brother i bought at walmart- took a class at the lqs and did quite well.

    it does not take anything special- just the desire and lots of practice.

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    Last year while at the Houston Quilt Fest I bought a Handi Quilter Avante'. I have wanted one for a long while and I did call my husband before I purchased it. This year he said he was going to the to the Fest with me. I guess I can't be trusrted anymore!!!

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    You are not ALONE!!!!!!!!
    It is good to vent and we get to too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    You're not the only one. I don't have a quilting machine either.
    Niether do I.

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    No you are not alone No long arm machine at my house .. nor is there any intention to have one. But I will say for big quilts I send them to a Long Arm pro ... its the best gift I can give myself .... I just hated ... and I mean HATED !!! wrestling that big quilt through my regular machine. I would stress ,and CUSS like a bad mannered truck driver. It was very liberating to use the pros for the big quilts.

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    No you are not. There are also several posts about quilting on your sewing machine. It is not exactly fun but it is possible. If you have a vintage sewing machine you might want to consider quilting on that. many have alrger openings and are pretty powerful. Besure to get some quilting gloves, thinner batting that can be quilted further apart like warm and natural and puddle your quilt doing sections at a time.

    I do think nothing is as comfortable as a hand quilted quilt. It is very beautiful and there is nothing like it. IMHO

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    LOL I looked at the Avante just Friday but unfortunately we had up to $7000 on car, oldies, repairs and wedding expenses from DD so the account was empty. DH was the one figuring it out as he knows my joints do not like these large quilts on a home machine.

    Quote Originally Posted by simplyme
    Last year while at the Houston Quilt Fest I bought a Handi Quilter Avante'. I have wanted one for a long while and I did call my husband before I purchased it. This year he said he was going to the to the Fest with me. I guess I can't be trusrted anymore!!!

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    Just a little Singer 301 here with no plans for anything else.

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    I don't have one and probably never will unless the prices drop significantly. I use my regular machine to quilt what I can, but I have a stack of tops waiting because I'm not very good at FMQ on it and I don't want to ruin them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Threads of Love
    Am I the only one out here that doesn't have a quilting machine???? I make queen size quilts and have to quilt all by hand, which takes forever! I keep asking for a quilter but know in this small place I'll never get one.....oh boo whooo for me. Sorry just being jealous of all the beautiful work you all do.
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    i'm jealous of hand quilters. i only wish i had the patience and talent that you have. i prefer the handquilted look.

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    I was a hand quilter only until about 2 years ago...I then joined a quilt group, and started using my Brother PC-420...Just in last couple of months I have bought a Brother PQ1500...I am coming to realize that its not really the machine...its the user....I kinda hate to admit that..as I keep thinking if I had like a handiquilter set up all of my work would be awesome...and look like the quilting I see here...lol...oh well, gotta dream...
    K

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    No, I don't have one and not likely to get one.

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    I don't have a LA and would love one. And... by the way just noticed youare in Naples. My Mom lives there just moved last fall. We came last spring and will try and get back. We found two quilt stores and hope to find some more next year.

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    I you are talking about long arms, many of us do not have those.

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    I don't have one, I have room for one in my basement, but can't afford one, so I hand quilt, and not very good at that...lol but my quilt manage to stay together.

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    I don't.

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    I use my regular mechanical Brother to do my quilting. It can do free motion or stitch in the ditch. You don't need a special machine although it would be nice to have one.

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    not alone, just me and my DSM

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    I think long arm machines are a true luxury, an investment with no return for your money...unless, of course, you quilt for others. But I have seen many long arms up for sale by quilters who got so busy quilting for everyone else that they no longer had the enjoyment of planning, piecing, quilting, and finishing personal projects.

    If money were no object, and I could justify it on my conscience, I would definitely have one. But then I would need to buy a bigger house or at least add on to our existing house to make room for the frame!

    No, I feel it is more important to put funds aside for daughter's college and our retirement. With practice, I can do a fine job quilting on my regular machine.

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