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Thread: Can you call it handmade if you used your machine?

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    i think that since most quilts are now stitched entirely by machine, they are considered handmade. that has become the new definition. as a result the term hand quilted implies a greater quality because it is rarer and fewer people can do it well. that's why they cost so much more money.

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    There is nothing wrong with something being "homemade" or "handmade". I personally like to use the term "hand-crafted". It's a better marketing term so it works better if you are someplace trying to sell the items that you have made, especially at some of the higher end craft shows where (and I don't want to offend anyone) some of the more snobbish buyers tend to spend their money. I am not talking about a quilt show where most the the people attending know what kind of materials and work goes into creating the beautiful quilts on display.

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    I like to use the term "hand crafted", but that's just me. But YES, you can definitly say handmade, if you made it !

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    I prefer the word "handmade" to "homemade", since it has a nicer connotation in my mind. And when I've done a few hours of machine quilting, my hands usually are feeling rather achy, and the skin is usually a little dry from handling the fabric, and I've often got a bandaid on my hand from pricking my finger with a pin, and.......well, you've got the idea.....I have no trouble using the word "handmade" when referring to my machine crafted items. I definitely am using my hands to craft them!!!!

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    Sure it IS handmade... it is NOT hand quilted. I find that to be the distinction. If you've done all the cutting, piecing, and then sewing it on your sewing machine it is handmade.

    don't sweat the small stuff, just enjoy the journey

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    being home made means you made it, it was not created by mass production in some factory...doesn't matter if you hand stitch, machine stitch, paint with markers or paints, it just means you made something yourself ... not store bought.... descriptions should state machine or hand quilted but being machine quilted does not negate the home made quality of the item...

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    I have seen quilting machines that are programmed with the design and the "quilter" programs the computer and then pushes "go" and walks away from the machine as it quilts merrily along. I do have a problem with that being called hand made, but if you guide the design then I consider that hand made. Machine quilting is not easy. If it were there would not be classes to learn how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    No more misleading than saying homemade cake when you use a mixer.
    ................or cake mix. It's still made by you with your own hands, at home. Handmade, homemade.

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    Please don't misunderstand :oops: , I am not trying to minimize the work involved in machine quilting. As I try to learn how to use my new Bailey Quilter and fmq (heck, I am still having trouble just learning how to load the Pinnacle frame), I know it is not an easy skill. I just wanted to know if it was acceptable to call it handmade. As Klue noted, there have been scenes over this subject and I just wanted to be prepared if I was incorrect in calling my work handmade. I have had several people ask me about my totes, bag, and photo pillows, and some always seem so surprised at how much I charge (usually 3x supplies). My prices come out to about $5 an hour simply because I am new and still learning and still pretty slow at completing a project.

    Thanks for letting me know I can still call it handmade. Take Care, Maribeth

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    Quote Originally Posted by wraez
    Sure it IS handmade... it is NOT hand quilted. I find that to be the distinction. If you've done all the cutting, piecing, and then sewing it on your sewing machine it is handmade.
    sue in CA
    :thumbup:

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    there you go Martina, that works for me too.

    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    "Made with love by..." solves the problem for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    "Made with love by..." solves the problem for me.
    Yes me to, as a matter of fact, my tag is Made with love (and my name, or Mom or relationship applies). As to the difference in handmade and homemade--didn't know there was a difference. To me and those in my community where I grew up, both simply meant they were made at home not in a factory.

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    I believe the problem is semantics when it comes to quilting. If you actually made it and didn't buy it, it IS handmade. It may not, however, be hand-pieced, hand-stitched or hand-quilted. THAT is where people get confused and sometimes upset.

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    Here in South Louisiana, homemade is using a machine and handmaid is using your hands. Pretty simple, isn't it.

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    If one wants to get super-picky and hung up on semantics,
    most items are held together with something that was pulled through the fabric/material with a thread puller.

    So- EVERYTHING (nowadays) is sewn with some sort of needle (thread-puller - thank you, Jean M. Auel) and cord/thread/leather/sinew/fiber.

    So, the big difference is the what the needle is being held by

    If the needle is held in someone's hand - I would say it was "sewn by hand" or "hand sewed"

    or if the needle is attached to a machine - I would say it was "sewn by machine" or "machine sewn" -

    even though we know that in most cases the fabric was guided by a person.

    I think I would say "specially made" or "custom made" and just avoid using the term "hand-made" if any mechanized tools were used in the process.


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