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Thread: How do you control your quilt when you are machine quilting???!!!

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    How do you control your quilt when you are machine quilting???!!!

    I have a Twin XL quilt that I am machine quilting.. and it is quite a handful. I roll up both sides and quilt in the middle.. but how do you guys keep these quilts in control?

    I bought some Dritz Quilting Soft Grip Oval Quilt Clips.. these are OK but only when there is plenty of fabric.. otherwise they just fall off.

    Is there anyway to make these grip tighter? Or what do you guys use?

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    I have those but have only used them on a large crib quilt. Stopped the other day at a friend's mother's house. Didn't know she quilted. She uses the only machine she has ever had. It's a Singer REd Eye and beautiful. What I found her using was she carefully rolls the edges of the quilt then puts a 2 ft piece of trim molding on top and on bottom of each side. She then uses the large clamps (black w/red grips) to keep them in place. By doing it like this there are no clamp impressions on the quilts. The trim molding is the vinyl that has been prepainted. Paint doesn't come off. She said she's been doing it like this for years. She does some beautiful quilting.

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    What a great idea!! That's why we seek the advise of out elders!!

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    I've rolled the sides then used clothes pins to hold the ends. Works pretty good.

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    I don't roll up the quilt areas that I am not working on....it makes it much more difficult for me to fmq larger patterns.....I "puddle"....which is basically just scrunching up the quilt around the work area.....I also keep my ironing board to the left of my sewing table to keep the bulk of the quilt off the floor and not pulling against me while quilting.....with all parts of the quilt supported, I just center my hands around the work area of the quilt to keep the fabrics smooth and taut, then move the quilt under the needle... I don't use anything special to grip the quilt, that just gets in the way for me....I did have problems this summer when the humidity was high, but I just worked on something else, but you will need to make sure the area around the needle is slippery.

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    Why roll it. Check out you tube for HM quilting. I also took a craftys class and sure helped me. Did my first king on my machine and didn't use clips. Check them out.

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    I puddle my quilt, too. I usually roll up the sides to start out but it gets unrolled pretty quickly...... It's too much effort to keep rolling back up. Since I start in the middle and work my way toward the sides, it get's easier as I go.
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    I used to roll the quilt under the arm, but later found out that accordion pleating is much easier to handle. Just make large folds to create the accordion pleating under the arm.

    Should add that I tried bicycle clips a long time ago, when I still rolled. What I find is that anything like that ends up getting in the way. Loose accordion pleating lends itself to re-arrangement easily and does not stiffen the quilt the way rolling does.
    Last edited by Prism99; 08-13-2013 at 06:39 AM.

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    Some people fashion "bungee-type clothes lines" from the ceiling to clip to the tail end of their quilt. This takes the weight off.You put the clips of the line to the ends of your quilt that are one the other side of the sewing machine, i.e. what you have already sewn. I haven't done it, however, if I were to quilt a large quilt on a domestic, I would surely try it.

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    Check out Leah Day's FMQ class on Craftsy. She explains about puddling the quilt and talks about keeping the weight of the quilt from putting drag on the quilt. Also, I think there is a thread with photos showing someone's system for holding up the quilt to keep it from dragging.

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    Thank you so much for your ideas and internet suggestions I am going to look at those. When I use clothes pins they fall off (maybe I buy the cheap ones) I tried "puddling" last night and I struggled.. I will do some reading and other options to consider

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    I tried the rolling up when I first started machine quilting. I found that made the quilt harder to control. After about a dozen, I got tired of rerolling and just cram right side under the throat and start quilting.
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    I find that rolling the quilt to make it smaller just makes it harder and heavier to move. I make sure all my quilt is puddled up on the table so there is no drag. I puddle the 12 inch block area I am working on on my extension table. Don't worry about the next part over there because you are not there yet!!! Worry about what is right on your extension table. Once you have quilted that block, move and reposition the next section onto your extension table. My Machingers gloves enable me to move that quilt section on the table easily.

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    I'm with Jingle. Cram it under and go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meyert View Post
    Thank you so much for your ideas and internet suggestions I am going to look at those. When I use clothes pins they fall off (maybe I buy the cheap ones) I tried "puddling" last night and I struggled.. I will do some reading and other options to consider
    I'm a puddler!

    What can really make a difference is lots of tabling in all directions to support the weight of the quilt. And be careful with what comes down in front, between the machine and yourself, as that can be counter-productive to letting you quilt with some freedom.
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    I have one of those new Pfaff quilt expressions machines and can control the pressure foot with my foot, so I can keep both my hands on the quilt at all times. That has made quilting MUCH easier.
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    You might also consider positioning your ironing board along side your sewing machine, at a right angle, to support part of the weight of the quilt. I am machine quilting right now, and I discovered this ironing board tip a while back and it really helps.

    I also lower the height of my ironing board so it is the same hight that my sewing machine desk is.

    The nice thing about using my ironing board is that it is right here and I can move it back "where it belongs" when I am done.

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    I puddle also - tried rolling, but found puddling works best for me.

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    Sounds like there are tons of puddlers out there!! Maybe I need to move to my dining room table like morelcabin does... then I will have more table space. I don't have much where I am working now THANK YOU

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    Nowadays I use the longarm to control the quilt, but before I got that I tried all sorts of things. I do have a big work space around the machine, and found that was very helpful. I tried rolling the quilt and had no luck with that, but I did like puddling much better. Then I discovered machine quilting in sections (Marti Michell's book) and that was the best solution for me.

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    I also spray sewing grade silicon on my extension table.

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    Great ideas. Thank u for sharing'o

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    Dunster...I got Marti Mitchell's book but it's like Greek to me. I guess I must be pretty dense to not understand it. I wish I did as trying to quilt even a twin sized quilt is awfully hard on my arms and shoulders.
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    I puddle also. If your table is large enough, it can also help to put it in a corner so the quilt can't fall off the edge. Machingers gloves also help grip the area you're working on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morelcabin View Post
    I often move my machine to the dining room table for larger quilts. Puddle the quilt around your machine, and keep it all on the table of possible. The part that is in front of you puddle against your chest as much as you can. It's when a quilt drops that it becomes heavy and unmanageable
    That's exactly what I do- I just did my first one and it was a queen!! Success...

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