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Thread: Hand Quilting or Machine Quilting or Both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyValentine
    Yesterday I went into the quilt shop here in Bossier and I was talking to a lady who worked there. She was trying to get me to buy a sewing machine and she said machine sewing is so much better and faster than handquilting and she said once you start machine sewing you'll never go back to hand sewing again. So my question is what works best for you? Me personally, I like hand quilting. I like having my hands busy. I'm like my husband. I'm always fidgeting and need my hands busy.
    I'm a hand quilter by preference and thoroughly enjoy doing it and fine it relaxing and theraputic but I am trying to learn to machine quilt because several of my friends in my retirement community have arthritis and can no longer hand quilt or sew anything by hand. As you get older you have to look at things differently and since I love quilting so much have decided that it would be wise for me to learn machine quilting now so that should the time come where I couldn't hand quilt, I could still be a quilter. Those ladies do miss hand quilting but said they would really miss quilting more so they machine quilt and do beautiful and awesome work. Aren't we lucky to live in a time where we have options like that.

    I'd say follow your personal preferences but open your mind to other possibilities in the process. I'm also learning different methods of quilt as you go as well, just in case and hopefully I'll be able to continue enjoying quilting for many more years in one form or the other.

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    I have always hand pieced and hand quilt. since the old hands are not as nimble as they use to be, I have started machine piecing but there are some patterns that I can only hand piece if I want them to go together right. I love to hand quilt. don't have a quilting machine. not sure I would like it.

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    I say either one you would like and/or both! I do both depending on what look I want as the end result. One is not easier than the other to me...machine is maybe...."maybe" faster, again depending on what you are trying to accomplish. I enjoy both though.

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    I do both on the same quilt. I may hand quilt some parts and machine others, all depends on how I feel and what the quilt says. I always thought that was funny what the quilt says and had never had one talk to me until recently. I had a quilt in the frame ready to hand quilt and for some reason could not get my mind around the hand quilting on this one. I am not a fancy quilter in either hand or machine, usually just do echo hand and either sitd or just a diagional. Very simple, but this quilt said no hand. Go figure. I know I am getting a little old, but I don't hear voices YET. lol. Its whatever you prefer, its your quilt and I do like both in a quilt.
    Since I am so simple minded that is.. Opps did I say that outloud?

    Rita

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    I did nothing but hand work for years.. I have actually had other "experienced quilters" stand in a shop and argue with me that I had machine pieced a quilt. Then I was told that I did not know how to quilt...despite the piece laying there with my needle still attached, because I do a stab stitch or needlepoint quilting as some have called it. Recently I learned to use a longarm and have started machine piecing and quilting. I think both have merits.. depending on the pattern I can sometimes hand piece faster than I machine piece.. some blocks that I love to hand piece I wouldn't even attempt on the machine. Other quilts go way faster on machine. as far as how long they last, I strongly disagree with that lady. Just look in the museums.
    Hand stitching can last just as well as machine.depends on the materials and the workmanship.

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    I hand pieced and hand quilted (without a hoop or frame) the quilt in my avatar. I thoroughly enjoyed it but it took a very long time. I'm now learning to machine piece and finished my first project, a wall hanging. I want to machine piece and then do a combo of machine SID and hand quilting some lap-sized quilts for chemo patients. I chose to do them by machine because otherwise I'd only finish one every couple of months and wouldn't be able to give many away.

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    Glad to see someone else does both. I too like to hand quilt, but some of it I do enjoy machine quilting. Since I dont plan on entering anything in shows I see no reason to do both.
    Yes machine quilting and sewing is faster..I do not like to hand piece but I LOVE applique and needle turn is all I do. So it is totally your choice.

    lyn

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    Hi. To me it would depend on what type block it is, what the quilt is going to be used for, lots of use , wall hanging etc. Dont give up on either one. You can enjoy both. Emily Adair :-)

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    I started by hand quilting. I have hooks in my ceiling where my frame hung. My DH had his cousin make my frames. I did several that way. Now I have a HQ16 and machine quilt. I still do hand work in the evenings. I like to do redwork.

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    I hand quilted 24 quilts before machine quilting became popular and items to do it were available. I have machine quilted 36 in a lot less time. At 64 years old, I just want to make as many quilts as I can. I was never good at hand quilting so I figure machine quilting is just as good. To each their own. Do whatever makes you happy...

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    I quilt entirely by machine. I have arthritis in my hands so I never even learned how to hand quilt and I don't have the time. I love the look of hand quilting but I have to quilt using my machine. It's not always easy but you do what you got to do.

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    I agree. You do with what you have. People worry about hand quilting that the stitches won't be small enough. Most people are just amazed at the quilt either hand or machine quilted. It takes ability and skill to do either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxxigrani
    I do both on the same quilt. I may hand quilt some parts and machine others, all depends on how I feel and what the quilt says. I always thought that was funny what the quilt says and had never had one talk to me until recently. I had a quilt in the frame ready to hand quilt and for some reason could not get my mind around the hand quilting on this one. I am not a fancy quilter in either hand or machine, usually just do echo hand and either sitd or just a diagional. Very simple, but this quilt said no hand. Go figure. I know I am getting a little old, but I don't hear voices YET. lol. Its whatever you prefer, its your quilt and I do like both in a quilt.
    Since I am so simple minded that is.. Opps did I say that outloud?

    Rita
    You're listening to the quilt and following your instincts - me too. Many won't understand that but I sure do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippy
    I did nothing but hand work for years.. I have actually had other "experienced quilters" stand in a shop and argue with me that I had machine pieced a quilt. Then I was told that I did not know how to quilt...despite the piece laying there with my needle still attached, because I do a stab stitch or needlepoint quilting as some have called it. Recently I learned to use a longarm and have started machine piecing and quilting. I think both have merits.. depending on the pattern I can sometimes hand piece faster than I machine piece.. some blocks that I love to hand piece I wouldn't even attempt on the machine. Other quilts go way faster on machine. as far as how long they last, I strongly disagree with that lady. Just look in the museums.
    Hand stitching can last just as well as machine.depends on the materials and the workmanship.
    I have 25 years plus of quilts in hard daily use and the few quilts that have needed repair was due to getting caught when drug around the house or fabric wear - my hand quilting has held up amazingly well and is beautiful. My first two quilts that I hand pieced did NOT fare that well as I ended up having to do a lot of repair of the piecing and vowed never again so I now machine piece and hand quilt. I'm in the process of beginning to experiment with some machine and some hand quilting to see how that goes.

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    It's what you like. I'm not into machine quilting yet, but do want to learn to do it.

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    I have always hand quilted my quilts and love the calmness I feel when sitting at my quilt frame. It is very relaxing. But there are times I am short on time and wish I had the experience of machine quilting. Since I have arthritis in my hands, I do not know how much longer I will be able to hand quilt larger projects, so the baby quilt I am working on now will be my first attempt at fm quilting. Hopefully it will work out and I will have the option of either hand or machine quilting.

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