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Thread: How many of you machine quilt with you regular machine?

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    I have been seeing all the posting regarding long arm quilting machines and was wondering if a lot of you machine quilt with you sewing machine. I usually hand quilt but want to try machine quilting but just not sure. I certainly cannot afford a long arm right now.

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    I do. I have a Pfaff and the built in "even feed" foot makes all the difference. My previous machine was a Janome, which I loved, but I had to attach a special foot and it never worked all that great. A long arm machine is on my wish list for when I retire from my full time day job, and I'm trying to save the money to be able to buy one then. Until then, I'll machine quilt with pleasure using my Pfaff.

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    I use a Viking Rose with a walking foot.

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    Iím a hand quilter too. However Iím planning on venturing into machine quilting with my machine. This can open up some new and fun possibilities and looks like fun :-P Because the size of a large quilt would be difficult for me to manage so I would work in smaller sections and make a quilt as you go quilt. Iíll be following this to see what other more experienced quilters have to say.

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    I use my sewing machine. I don't have the room for a longarm. I have never quilted a very large quilt, but smaller ones I do all the time.

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    I'm learning too. There was a you-tube to watch on here the other day and it is very informative.....type in Patsy Johnson and watch 1-4 series......I think you will like it
    I also like the barn quilt block,too

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    I quilt with my sewing machine, since that's the only machine I've got. :D

    I would love a longarm someday...

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    I use a regular sewing machine. Mainly small quilts (crib size)and wall hangings. Some day I will have a long arm.

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    I use my regular sewing machine with a walking foot. It's very difficult, though, to quilt more than a lap sized quilt. Those sewing machine beds are not very big.

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    I use a walking foot and a free motion foot to quilt my quilts. I don't do large quilts. Lap size and small projects are great for a home machine. I used my new, old Singer 301 over the weekend to practice free motion. It worked very nice. I think this will be my go to machine for free motion. Highly recommend. It takes a lot of practice. Please start with a small project so that you are not disappointed. Good luck.

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    I do. Check out books by Diane Gaudynski and Harriet Hargrave from your library. Both ladies are very informative about the ins and outs of quilting on a home machine. And have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv-e
    I'm learning too. There was a you-tube to watch on here the other day and it is very informative.....type in Patsy Johnson and watch 1-4 series......I think you will like it
    I also like the barn quilt block,too
    I think this is the one you mean it's a great video! I don't remember who posted this link recently. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39I5A...layer_embedded

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    I'm in the practice stage, but know it can be done. I do SITD on my Elsna SU and free motion on my Singer 301. The SITD is under control - working on the FMQ. The 301 does it great job. I just need to be more comfortable with the motion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraTX
    I use my regular sewing machine with a walking foot. It's very difficult, though, to quilt more than a lap sized quilt. Those sewing machine beds are not very big.
    I too use my domestic Janome 9000, I have quited king size quilts on it by quilting them in two halves then joining them up..where there is a will there is a way..plus you have QAYG

    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I either quilt with my regular machine or hand quilt. No long arm here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manley
    I have been seeing all the posting regarding long arm quilting machines and was wondering if a lot of you machine quilt with you sewing machine. I usually hand quilt but want to try machine quilting but just not sure. I certainly cannot afford a long arm right now.
    I either hand quilt or FMQ on my sewing machine. I can't afford a long arm so I practiced regular and even though it's not perfect quilting, I'm getting comfortable with FMQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIJul
    I do. I have a Pfaff and the built in "even feed" foot makes all the difference. My previous machine was a Janome, which I loved, but I had to attach a special foot and it never worked all that great. A long arm machine is on my wish list for when I retire from my full time day job, and I'm trying to save the money to be able to buy one then. Until then, I'll machine quilt with pleasure using my Pfaff.
    Have to agree! LA never in the cards for me. Also love the large throat on my beloved Pfaff!

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    I have used and will continue to use my regular machine to machine quilt. I plan to do some, "Quilt as you go," for me and a little sister queen size quilts. I have one small room for all of my hobbies and am very crowded, would never have room for a long arm.

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    I have a Bernina 630. A regular size machine.

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    I have an Elna Quilters 720 Pro and I machine quilt using a walking foot. Haven't mastered FMQ yet, not sure that I ever will, so I mostly do STD and straight lines.

    I am a hand quilter though so most of my quilts are hand quilted. I machine quilt if the quilts are going to be passed onto charities.

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    There is no reason that you cannot machine quilt on your regular machine. I have done so for years, first on my Bernina 830 Record (the old one) and now my Janome 6500. I have always used a walking foot and either did SITD or echo quilting around motifs. Just lately I have tried FM quilting and using a stencil to transfer quilting patterns to my borders. I have done everything from placemats to King sized quilts. The larger harp on my Janome 6500 does make it much easier to push a King Sized quilt through the space. The secret to all of this is to pin or baste your sandwich well and take breaks. Sewing until your arms and shoulders are aching makes your reluctant to start the next time. Machine quilting takes practice and the type of batting selected does matter. A fluffy polyester batting will not produce an absolutely flat quilt no matter how you quilt it. Start with a small quilt and work up to the larger ones. As my daughter often reminds me "Mom, the baby won't care if your quilting is not perfect!" Start quilting and enjoy this new skill.

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    Regular Viking...usually SID but I've been working and practicing my FM...on small pieces

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    I use my regular singer. nothing fancy here. It takes patience to pin it all down without any puckers on the backing. Start in the middle of the quilt and wrk out. I roll up the remainder and put clips on it to easily get it thru the throat of the machine. I would also love a longarm but cost is an issue and also I am tooooo old to learn or master such a complicted machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie
    There is no reason that you cannot machine quilt on your regular machine. I have done so for years, first on my Bernina 830 Record (the old one) and now my Janome 6500. I have always used a walking foot and either did SITD or echo quilting around motifs. Just lately I have tried FM quilting and using a stencil to transfer quilting patterns to my borders. I have done everything from placemats to King sized quilts. The larger harp on my Janome 6500 does make it much easier to push a King Sized quilt through the space. The secret to all of this is to pin or baste your sandwich well and take breaks. Sewing until your arms and shoulders are aching makes your reluctant to start the next time. Machine quilting takes practice and the type of batting selected does matter. A fluffy polyester batting will not produce an absolutely flat quilt no matter how you quilt it. Start with a small quilt and work up to the larger ones. As my daughter often reminds me "Mom, the baby won't care if your quilting is not perfect!" Start quilting and enjoy this new skill.
    Agree 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraTX
    I use my regular sewing machine with a walking foot. It's very difficult, though, to quilt more than a lap sized quilt. Those sewing machine beds are not very big.
    I do this also, although I'm very new at it. As I was working on a quilt today, I kept thinking of a quote from this QB, that quilting on a regular machine is rather like pushing an elephant through a doggie door! I thought that was hilarious, but so appropriate!

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