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    how many quilt all of their quilts? I bought a Mega quilter several years ago, was never able to quilt with it, I got so frustrated with it, I sold it. Do most of you have long arm quilting machines or quilt with your regular machines?

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    I free motion quilt with my regular machine. I have even done a king size quilt this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kateyb
    I free motion quilt with my regular machine. I have even done a king size quilt this way.
    You are my hero to be able to do this.

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    I quilt most of my quilts at home on my Brother 4500.

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    I quilt my own on my brother that only has a 6in. arm. I did an over sized king on it last week but it was just straight fancy stitches. If I could afford a long arm with a frame I would buy it in a heart beat.

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    I have a Mega Quilter but haven't used it. Owned it for 3 or 4 years. I prefer QAYG or Fun and Done. However, I'm going to have to learn to use it. I have 30 or so quilt top waiting to be quilted. They're past the QAYG or F&D stage so .....

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    I have a Mega Quilter but haven't used it. Owned it for 3 or 4 years. I prefer QAYG or Fun and Done. However, I'm going to have to learn to use it. I have 30 or so quilt top waiting to be quilted. They're past the QAYG or F&D stage so .....

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    I envy all of you. I have tried quilting on my regular machine but my quilting doesn't look smooth & even stitches. any advise?

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    I do most of mine on my regular machine, but I don't know how to do anything too fancy. I have a friend who longarms the larger ones for me, unless it's going to be a simple stitch in the ditch. That I can manage (O:

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    I quilt all my own quilts on my regular machine. Everything from mini's to King size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kateyb
    I free motion quilt with my regular machine. I have even done a king size quilt this way.
    Ditto

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    Any thing over a full size, I send to the long arm. I free motion the rest.

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    I hand quilt everything, have never tried machine quilting, I have a kenmore. I would like to take a class to machine quilt. The biggest quilts I make are twin size.

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    I'm too cheap (poor!) to pay someone to quilt for me - I do all my quilts on a Brother innovis 1200. The more I quilt, the easier it gets. Practice makes perfect (perfect enough for me that is!) You just have to do it enough that it feels 'comfortable'. Find a design that you can deal with (meandering, waves, whatever) & practice practice practice. It doesn't have to be perfect; small mistakes get lost & are not noticeable. And fabric choice (like for your backing) is something to think about too - a busy fabric will hide a lot...invisible thread helps too.

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    I have only made a few twin size quilts. I have quilted them all either by hand or on my Kenmore. This Christmas I did send the one for my in laws to the LQS and it turned out beautiful!

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    I quilt most of mine on my Janome, but just do straight lines or stitch in the ditch. It is just a regular type machine. I have sent a couple special quilts to a longarmer. I have a Singer 301A that I am going to try to do FMQ now that I am no longer rushing to get gifts done. Santa gave me a darning foot and 1/4 in foot for it.

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    I quilt them myself on my Janome 6500. I have done a Kingsize on it , but prefer to stay with a bit smaller ones. I had sent out one of my quilts to a LA'er ; but was so dissappointed in it being stiff as a board ; that I won't trust anyone else with them again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kateyb
    I free motion quilt with my regular machine. I have even done a king size quilt this way.
    same here - I have done several queen and king on mine.

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    I FMQ with my domestic machine. I hope in the next few years to upgrade my machine to get a larger area in the throat...but for now, what I have works because I have gotten used to using it.

    With FMQ, it just takes practice....practice...and more practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kateyb
    I free motion quilt with my regular machine. I have even done a king size quilt this way.
    How in the world did you get all that fabric through your machine. I really would like to know. I have tried and I was a failure. Please give me some tips.

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    I do runners on my sewing machine and then I rent time on a long arm at the LQS for all of my quilts.

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    I do both depending on the size, I use my viking quilt designer edition machine to quilt small wallhangins. then I have a handiquilter that I quilt larger items on. I am though looking for a nice table for my handiquilter that is affordable.

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    I haven't quilted anything yet except my avatar and I am doing that one by hand. Because I am a mechanic thought I have to wait until the oils in my hands are gone before I can touch the quilt.. I haven't attempted any of my other quilts on machine yet, but I plan to

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    I quilt all my quilts. Most of them are hand quilted. I do SID and a little FMQ on the rest.

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    I will quilt up to a full size quilt by myself...I have made 3 larger quilts that I have paid someone to quilt...but it is really expensive and out of my budget now...so if I ever make another quilt so large, I will have to figure out a way to quilt it myself. Not to say that it isn't worth it, as it is, and all 3 were beautifully quilted...one was a wedding gift...but, at this time in my life, I just can't afford to pay someone $200 to quilt one for me.

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