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    Super Member rexie's Avatar
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    own a longarm machine or are you doing all of that beautiful quilting on your regular sewing machine? My machine is old enough that is doesn't let down the feed-dogs for free motion anything, so I was just wondering if you all have longarms.

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    Domestic machine for me.

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    No longarm yet, but I am saving for it.

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    Domestic for me too :D:D:D

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    I have a Sapphire 870 for free motion quilting. There is a quilt shop not too far from where I work that allows you to put a long arm in layaway and pay on it until it's paid off. I've only got a little left on my sapphire so I may look into doing this is another year or so. But for now I'm happy and blessed with my Sapphire!

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    I got my longarm a couple of months ago, but prior to that made several dozen quilts on my domestic machine. So I've done both. :)

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    also, lots of quilters send their tops to professional longarm quilters to be finished.

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    No long arm for me - just use my Juki to machine quilt.

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    Super Member rexie's Avatar
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    If you are using a regular machine, how do you scrunch a whole quilt up under it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexie
    If you are using a regular machine, how do you scrunch a whole quilt up under it?
    I tried rolling it but that didn't work too well, so I now use a technique I saw on an online tutorial (might have been Leah Day) where they suggested "scrunch, scrunch, flatten". I'll try to find the tutorial again.

    I just use my little "Brother" and although it gets a little tricky sometimes it works well.

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    No long arm for me, wouldn't have room for it if I could afford it.

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    No long arm here either. I machine quilt on 2 machines...Viking and a 1979 Singer!

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    I just use a domestic one too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexie
    If you are using a regular machine, how do you scrunch a whole quilt up under it?
    It scrunch it very tight and begin at the center. It can only get easier from there.

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    you don't have to be able to drop you feed dogs, you need a darning plate and foot for your machine and you should be able to do it. I have a cheap brother machine and although I can not lower the feed dogs I do have a darning plate, and a free motion foot and I have quilted a few quilts on it using free motion!

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    Domestic for me, I just got a short arm machine, but have not really used it yet. I do not send out any for quilting.

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    Domestic for me too...someday I'll get a longarm (when the kids grow up and move out!)

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    HA! No way! too much moolah for this little ole lady

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    No long arm. Just wishing....
    Do mine on my regular machine. Don't do very large ones, nor as fancy of stitching as I'd like and as I'd be able to if I did have a long arm.... so those will wait to be done.

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    Domestic for me too. I sometimes cut the batting into 3rds and quilt the center of the quilt, then add 1/3 more batting and quilt it, etc. Easier to get everything under the arm.
    I think Marti Mitchell or Harriet Hargreaves published the idea.
    My favorite way though is QAYG. Much easier.
    If I ever move to a larger place I'm going to buy a low end long arm. How nice it would be !!

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    Mid-size machine on a mid-size frame.

    Years ago, I was told that when you needed to have your feed dogs drop or covered (and you didn't have a machine cover for them) to use an index card. You just tape down the index card over the feed dogs with a hole in the area that the needle will go through. I tried it at that time and it worked.

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    I have a sit-down long arm. It is the machine without the bars and the fancy computer assessories, but it has the 16" throat. At half the cost of the big long arms...$4800... it is a nice compromise. It's a handi-quilter.

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    no long arm here either. does your machine come with a plate that fits over the feed dogs?? it may. it would be raised a bit where it fits over the feed dogs.
    now i took a class on fmq and the instructor didn't let us lower our feed dogs. i've done fmq both ways.

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    Nope! Just a 20 year old Memory Craft. I don't even have the fancy rulers and templetes that make things easy, and I just now bought a rotery cutter. Guess I am pretty old fashion.

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