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Thread: How many of you quilt with your sewing machine?

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    I have a Singer Deluxe 7025 machine--I bought it for $325 years and years ago. It works just fine. I don't want a new machine. However, it would be handy to have something that made quilting lap size quilts doable. Quilting machines are $1000s! I only need about $500 a year done at the most in quilting. So, unless I took on other's quilting jobs--it'd not be a good investment for me.

    Do any of you have a sewing machine you can quilt with? If so, what is it?

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    i have a janome 8080 that was 2 or 3 hundred several years back. i love it. it came with the even feed foot and i bought some of the extras like the 1/4" foot, hemming foot, etc.

    i haven't done a lot of quilting yet, just a few wall hangings. and this picture is an over-sized twin with high loft batting that i stitched in the ditch for my daughter's room. it was kind of a pain, but worked ok since it was simple quilting. it is the last time i'll do the high loft batting though!

    i'm pretty happy with my machine. i've sent out two queen size quilts and they were about $100 each. hard to justify buying a machine for that! if i ever have to find a new quilter, it may change my perspective!


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    I quilt by machine..I only make lap and baby quilts..iquilting these is difficult at times, but I can't afford to send out to quilt. I just have to make it simple enough so as not to get too frustrated. I have a Bernina 153.

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    Please take a look at the Bailey mid arm machine. They offer some combos with Grace frames and are much more affordable than buying a full long arm for many more thousand dollars.

    http://www.baileyssewingcenter.com/homequilter.html

    You might be surprised at how affordable these can be.

    If you spend $500 a year in fees, you can recoup your cost in 4 or 5 years and perhaps earn a little extra cash. How does that sound?

    There are several options and a 13 inch will increase your quilting path. Looks good to me.

    Does anyone own one of these?

    June

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    I have a Janome Memory Craft 7000 that is 22 years old now, I did my own quilting until my even feed (walking foot) wore out, I have another one coming that we are hoping will work on it...but I am also purchasing a new, middle of the line Pfaff, I really like the IDT feature on Pfaff.

    I have sent quilts out to be quilted, the last one cost me close to four hundred dollars for it to be quilted and it was a twin size, not a lot of fancy quilting done on it, stitch in the ditch, cross hatching on the border and a chain down the sashing...three quilts sent out at that price would pay for the new Pfaff...

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    I have a Brother CS 6000, This is my 2nd Brother. I quilt on my CS 6000 But I meander quilting, and stipple quilting, I've also done a Irish Chain on sashing. But all of this is free motion quilting. I also make my quilts, by the quilt as you go. I also hand quilt. I do not have a expensive machine. Right now at Walmart they have the CS6000 on sale at a real good price. I'm very pleased with it. My older Brother still works. It's about 15 yrs old. This one is 3 yrs old.

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    I use a VERY old Sears Kenmore for my machine quilting... its the only machine the walking foot would fit on !!!....so its the one I use! works great....I got it in 1974 so its 33 years old

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    I don't do a lot of quilting, at least not fancy quilting...

    So far, my Bernina 830 ($400.00 a few years ago) seems to handle anything I throw at it. Anything. I am almost finished straight line quilting a queen sized quilt with it right now. It's just hard wrestling with that much fabric.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/2480.page

    For what you want to do, this machine (and a lot of other heavy duty home machines) will allow you to do straight line quilting very easily. A queen size quilt is a lot more work than a lap sized one (even for my big lap).


    A couple of months ago I went to the Pacific International Quilt Show here in Santa Clara. I saw a neat looking little device that you put your machine on. It had four casters that the machine rolled around on and the quilt was suspended up at the sewing level, nicely rolled front and back. About a $150.00 if I remember correct. Just right for three or four lap quilts a year I would think. Then you could get into some fancy axed quilting there for a moderate price.

    Did I buy one? Nah, I was feeling poor.

    tim in san jose

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    I machine quilted a queen size quilt on my Pfaff 7570. Of all the machines on the market, I think this has the smallest harp. I have also done several lap quilts on that machine as well. I have purchased the Janome 1600P for the larger harp area, 9" I think, and use it for quilting now.

    Helen

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    Wow--you all have lots of great ideas here. I did search around in my old manual and discovered I'm supposed to have a feed cover--that should help. When I took my machine in once to be serviced, I got a loaner that was exactly like mine. Somehow the drawer in the extension table got switched and whatever was in mine was gone. The feed cover must have been in there. I just found one on some remote website and it should be here in a week. Maybe that will make a difference? I don't care if I just meander about. :) I do not want to do anything fancy--just hold the quilts together :!:

    fabricluvr--that is a beautiful quilt and room! Cheerful! :D

    Shadow Dancer--$400 for one quilt?? That's a heafty check! :( I've paid a bit over $100 for my queen size ones. Well--they're queen enough for my bed.

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    I do all my quilting on the machine. I like hand quilting but not very many would get done if I couldn't machine quilt. The frame that John Flynn makes would be great for machine quilting and I hope to be the proud owner of one of those afte I go to the quilt show in Virginia next year.

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    Shadow Dancer, you are the only person I know who shares a wonderful machine. I have a New Home Memory Craft 7000 and have loved it. I bought it in 1986 saying it would be the last machine I would buy before I quit sewing. Little did I know I would take up quilting.

    I used to tack quilts but wanted to see them quilted. Then I wanted something a little more than straight line stitching. I just finished one that way, but still was not happy with the results.

    A book I bought through www.half.com "Fast and Fun Machine Quilting"printed by Rodale Press has some very good help and would be a great help to anyone wanting to try more intricate sewing on their machine. I just do not enjoy the struggle with the quilt's weight and bulk.

    Oh, I saw a 7000 advertised on eBay and was temped to get it but the seller did not know how it worked, so it might not have done so well. One of the features I love is the script and what an easy way to create labels. WE chose a Great machine! And I bet you love yours as much as I lover mine.

    June

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    I have a 20+ year old Bernina and I do all my quilting on it. King size on down to baby quilts.

    DD

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    I have a 35 yo Viking Turissa, and I machine quilt on it. I do mostly free-motion quilting, and I can do any size. I use that sewing machine for everything from bridal gowns to blue jeans (in addition to quilts!)

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    Cathe...that's what I'm looking for!! One machine to do everything...if something isn't multi-purpose I can't justify having it. I've got to get a new machine soon though, my poor ole brother is still on its last leg. I've already begged and practically beat it into submission for my last few projects.

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    I have the Viking with a 10 inch throat, makes all the difference in the world for shoving fabric thru. I paid one thousand for it and it has all the bells and whistles and many stiches. Even has the tack stiche that locks the begining and ending stitchs. The only thing it dosnt have is the automatic thread cutter.

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    I quilt with my sewing machine. I can't hand quilt to save my life! I use a Singer...don't remember what model it is off hand. Sometimes I'm surprised it still runs just because of some of the things its been put through (layers of vinyl with regular needles, very heavy denim quilt, brother threw it against the wall once.)

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    I have an old Singer sewing machine that I use. I have quilted lap quilts but one way or another Im going to quilt my queen size top. I am eventually going to buy a new machine but I love my old singers.
    Judy in Ohio

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    My Janome 6600 Memory Craft will do anything! It went through a King sized quilt like butter. I think I gained muscle mass at the same time wrestling with that huge thing! My Nephew loved it. GiGi

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    I just ordered the book Fast and Fun Machine Quilting. I have an industrial straight stitch Juki machine that I've tried to sell but haven't now I'm thinking about getting a walking foot for it and using it for quilting. It has a 10 1/2" throat and is heavy duty so it should do a good job. I haven't been doing much sewing for the last few years and haven't needed it because I have 2 other machines too. When I get this book I should be all set.
    After I try it I'll let ya'll know what I think about it.

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    I am glad you asked this question. I was concerned whether I would be able to with my machine also. I don't have lots of money to buy an expensive contraption, and I sure don't have the money to pay others to quilt it for me. That would probably put a halt to my quilting career.... :D I bought a walking foot and am waiting for it in the mail now so I feel more confident trying it on my machine after reading how many people use their machines to do it all. Thanks for beating me to the question :)

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    I am also glad this question was asked. I cant afford one of them expensive longarm machines. And want to do my own quilting. This gives me some hope that I can do it :mrgreen: .

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    GiGi--may I ask what your machine goes for? I searched on a site before and there are never prices listed--which means it's too much--but I wanted to have a figure in my head when I calculate the cost of the quilting....in case I need more facts for a persuasive argument someday. :D

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    BarnBum: I purchased my Janome Memory Craft 6600 first at appx. $1800.00 and then I purchased my Janome five (5) overlock Janome Serger for appx. $1200.00. HOWEVER, my dealer offers six (6) months same as cash. Therefore, I bought each one separately and paid them off within the six months, no interest that way.

    I would not trade either machine for another brand. I tried several BEFORE I purchased Janome. The 6600 does everything including fancy stitches and names etc. My serger overlocks, rolls hems and many more options. I don't need anything else to make whatever I want. Both will quilt, make clothes, aprons, wallhangings, etc. I have not had any problems with either. The thing I had to get used to is you use plastic bobbins, NOT metal! It does not feed the bobbin well with metal because it has a magnet in the cylinder for it's mechanism.

    I don't regret either purchase. BOTH machines will last me a lifetime. The 6600 has a very long arm for quilting, no worries there. It comes with MANY different feet with three (3) different modes for different stitches. As you can see, it is a joy to sew with both. Hope this has helped. Besides, your worth it!!!!!! We, as women, don't think we deserve the best. HOWEVER, we do. We do so much for everyone else, we don't take time for ourselves.

    I related the expense to my husband the same as his tractor. His tractor wasn't inexpensive and he uses it appx. 7 - 8 months a year. My sewing machine was less expensive and I use it 12 months a year. It's all in the presentation.

    GO FOR IT, YOU DESERVE IT!!!!!!!!

    If you need anymore information, please do not hesitate to ask. GiGi

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    Hi, new to the forum but not quilting. I'm a Pfaff person, I have a 2056. I have quilted queen size, using the free motion foot. Those of you that can send one out for $100 are very lucky a queen here is close to $200 and that is for meandering. marie

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