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Thread: How About Using an Embroidery Machine to Do the Quilting?

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    I bought an embroidery machine a few months ago with the plan to combine embroidery and piecing on my quilt tops.

    Then...I took an FMQ class. This is not something that I believe I will excel at. And I will not be satisfied with less than high-quality (not perfect) results.

    I'm pretty certain that I've seem embroidery designs for quilt motifs that could be continuously embroidered along a border or embroidered within a square.

    Has anyone done this in place of FMQ? What do you think of the idea?

    Thanks,
    Cathy

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    There are a lot of designs out there specifically made for this :D
    It is advised to place your machine where the quilt is laying out on a bigger surface, you don't want it to get caught up under the hoop as it moves.
    Some put the machine on the floor, and spread the quilt out around the machine.
    You may want to babysit the machine, to help ease the weight of the quilt while it is stitching.

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    yes but it's a learning process just as FMQ to get the perfection your looking for. Just practice on some scrap quilt sandwiches about 15 x 15.

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    i have used it many times. but it works best on smaller pieces [amma explained larger pieces above]. QAYG is a good option if you want the entire quilt quilted on the embroidery machine. of course, the emb machine makes beautiful custom labels. :)

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    I have done this a few times and the result is very good. You do need to babsit the machine though as the weight of the quilt can be a bit troublesome

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    I have a ton of quilting motif files for my Janome 11000SE. That was the way I wanted to go when I started quilting, because I absolutely hate FMQ. I suck at it and thought this would be a great idea.

    I was wrong, it is good for some things like table runners and small stuff, but to do a whole quilt is rough unless you are just plunking quilting motifs all over the quilt.

    Sizing all the files to fit your space is time consuming too if you even have the software to do that, my Janome will only decrease or increase about 10 to 15 percent any design so you need to use a standalone program for that stuff.

    In theory it's great, in practice, not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829
    I bought an embroidery machine a few months ago with the plan to combine embroidery and piecing on my quilt tops.

    Then...I took an FMQ class. This is not something that I believe I will excel at. And I will not be satisfied with less than high-quality (not perfect) results.

    I'm pretty certain that I've seem embroidery designs for quilt motifs that could be continuously embroidered along a border or embroidered within a square.

    Has anyone done this in place of FMQ? What do you think of the idea?

    Thanks,
    Cathy
    I do it all the time with my Bernina 830E. Sizing is a breeze, no software needed. I just do it on my machine;>

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    You can use a quilt as you go method and embroider separate blocks or sections then join. You can also purchase an 'endless' hoop, where you can easily advance the fabric. Designs are digitized specifically for this hoop to make the individual hoopings seamless. I have done a runner for my dining room table this way. My table is 17 feet long (seats 20) and the runner came out great.
    It is a learned skill, however. I agree with everyone who said do a practice piece first!

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    I do this on individual squares. You do have to sit with it. I like the idea of putting it on the floor. will have to try that. It turns out great

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    Thanks a lot for the replies everybody. I have read abou the quilt as you go and don't really like the approach (just personal preference).

    I do have software so sizing wouldn't be an issue and my machine takes a large hoop - 8x10, I think.

    Jamie, I know what you mean by "plunking" but my FMQ instructor suggested using lots of different quilting designs depending on the lines of the quilt. So, using her approach, I don't think it would look too much like plunking. I agree with you though in comparing it to a fully-meandered pattern.

    Thanks.

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    I have done it and think it is great. Embroidery Library (my favorite ME site) has many quilting designs, full block, half block, corners. Great prices and sales all the time.

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    I have a Bernina 830 and it is very easy to do embroidery on the quilt. I enjoy "quilting as your go " and using sashings to connect the blocks and any embroidery machine can accomplish a small block. Just practice with a quilt sandwich made with muslim for the front and back and some batting scraps between. Happy quilting with your embroidery machine.

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    I use my embroidery machine for quilting all the time. I love it! You can find lots of "outline" or "redwork" designs online that you can purchase and download. Just do a search for embroidery designs. There are several sites I use.

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    I have and I was not pleased.I should have started and practiced on a small one but I did a large quilt. The borders are really nice .but I did the middle blocks and had extra material and got a few pleats in the back. I am going to try to cover it up with something?? Put it away and don't want to look at it for awhile.

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    Just bought an 830LE Saturday, so I'm just learning. Will be looking forward to learning all of the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829
    I bought an embroidery machine a few months ago with the plan to combine embroidery and piecing on my quilt tops.

    Then...I took an FMQ class. This is not something that I believe I will excel at. And I will not be satisfied with less than high-quality (not perfect) results.

    I'm pretty certain that I've seem embroidery designs for quilt motifs that could be continuously embroidered along a border or embroidered within a square.

    I came to quilting from embroidery, so my first quilt was embroidered on the machine. Of course, it was queen size and the quilting design was way too dense. More redwork than quilting. I layed it on my dining room table, with tables around to hold the weight. It did ok. I did one last year and except for one block that popped off and I didn't see it and had to pick out all the stitches - grrrrr it turned out better. I had my long armer do some quilting in between the blocks to tie it in - I think it saved me some money and was very pretty. I'll do it again for sure. The designs are so much better now.
    Judi

    Has anyone done this in place of FMQ? What do you think of the idea?

    Thanks,
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    This is the quilt I made my dgd with embroidered quilting designs. I used two different ones for the two different blocks. My la'er worked the two in together.
    Judi

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    I use my embroidery machine often for the quilting in combination with FMQ. One grandson wanted a pirate quilt & I used emb. designs in the larger spaces from my emb. machine & then did FMQ around.

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    Yes! I have used my Amaya to "quilt" quilts. You have to hoop a lot, but I was happy with the results as I am not good at FMQ. I look at the quilts now, several years later, and still like the quilting. There are free designs on the internet! Good luck!! :thumbup:

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    use it all the time to quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829
    I bought an embroidery machine a few months ago with the plan to combine embroidery and piecing on my quilt tops.

    Then...I took an FMQ class. This is not something that I believe I will excel at. And I will not be satisfied with less than high-quality (not perfect) results.

    I'm pretty certain that I've seem embroidery designs for quilt motifs that could be continuously embroidered along a border or embroidered within a square.
    Has anyone done this in place of FMQ? What do you think of the idea?

    Thanks,
    Cathy


    I have done this and am very happy with the results. It does take lots of hooping.

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    I have done this on some quilts. I did not try to put the quilt into the hoop (because of the thickness).I'm sure there are many methods, however the one that I used was to hoop the stabiliser and then I basted the quilt onto the stabiliser and started the programs. It turned out fine. I have not bothered to use the sticky stuff in the hoop to sit the quilt onto. Hope you are happy with your efforts.

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    I have done the method of ME quilting on projects, it is fine, as long as it is a small project, I wouldn't attempt to quilt a bed size with it. Way too many hoopings, lining up, etc. You could do it on you blocks and attach them with the "Cotton method" after the quilting is done. But again, way too much work! I like to FMQ, and the more one does the better you become. Practice on small backed and batted sample pieces, pretend you are tracing puzzle pieces for stippling. Don't try to do a specific pattern, just loops, circles, even question marks. You'd be surprised how good you really are!!!

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    I dont know the answer but want to tell you your avitar is a beautiful cat.

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    I made a DWR for my granddaughter's wedding and I used my embroidery machine to embroidery in the middle of each melon and center of each squares it took forever as it was a king size but it was beautiful.

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