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Thread: Do you use the same sewing machine to sew your quilt?

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    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
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    I woke up and was wondering about this do you use the same sewing machine to piece and sew you quilt?

    The reason I was asking when I am home I use my Janome sewing/embroidery machine to heavy to take to a class or workshop.

    But when I go to workshops take my Phaff! Will this make a difference on your blocks?

    Thanks again for all of your help!


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    Super Member brushandthimble's Avatar
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    You should always try to piece each quilt with the same machine. Each 1/4 is a little different, you might not see the difference in one block, but when you get to multiple seams, or sewing them together they are different. Been there, done that.

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    Super Member Maride's Avatar
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    It should not, but not all machines measure the 1/4 inch exactly the same. It may vary a little between machines. I tend to finish the quilt with the same machine I started it.

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    Power Poster littlehud's Avatar
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    I use the same machine from start to finish when I'm piecing.

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    Super Member mamaw's Avatar
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    I don't take my Janome out, so do a separate project when I go out with my Kenmore. I have always heard not to use different machines for one project.

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    My friend has advised that the 1/4 inch be marked based on a ruler. It has proven to be very good advise. I use several layers cut from a roll of painter's blue tape (easy release)to mark the 1/4 in the same manner on any machine. Position the needle on the scant 1/4 spot on a ruler which now has a little hole after doing it so many times. Then with the ruler in place and square to the machine the tape piece is layed along side the ruler to make a ridge and seam guide that measures exactly the same every time. Since I often have several quilts in process and also use two machines depending on whether I am sewing in our camper, at home, or at LQS. All the blocksfor each quilt fit when I am finished because the seam is always the same "scant" 1/4in.

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    Super Member raptureready's Avatar
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    I've heard that but like so many other things I've heard I didn't pay much attention. I figure I'm going to square up the blocks anyway so . . . . If you're a new quilter then yes, use the same machine all the way through. If not, then make up your own mind knowing that you might have to do a little adjusting here and there.

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    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
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    Yes, I do everything on my Bernina 630. I piece and quilt on it. It is rather heavy to take to a class or "UFO" at church but I can usually get someone to help me with it as I have bad shoulders. I may have to breakdown and buy myself a lightweight machine someday for that purpose.

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    Super Member mimee4's Avatar
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    I use the same machine, a Janome. I do have a Kenmore that needs some repair that I like for FMQ, only because the feeddogs are so worn off that it doesn't matter if they are up or down. It was a gift from my kids in 2000 and I've about used it to destruction. That's LOVE of QUILTING!!

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