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Thread: John Flynn Frame

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    Senior Member didi's Avatar
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    John Flynn Frame

    I'm thinking about getting a John Flynn Frame. Would like to hear pros and cons, from quilters who have one or have used one. Thanks

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    I used one several years ago for awhile. I wanted to FMQ but it just didnt 'work' for me so I tried the JF frame. I honestly found it unwieldy and the quilting space/strip quite small and it gets even smaller as you go along because the rolled up quilt gets bigger. I suppose I had never realized that before. That said, it was the perfect inexpensive "next step" for me -- I gained confidence and skill and am now back to FMQing w/o a frame with pretty good results.

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    This frame has been discussed many time over the years. I "searched" it here on the board and came up with this list!
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    Super Member donnalynett's Avatar
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    I bought one and I found I could only quilt about 2" at a time, had to stop and re-roll, etc.......I can do better and faster without it.

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    i have one in the closet that i've had for several years. It's actually the 2nd one I've bought and tried. Sent the 1st one back. It just didnt work for me. There was a wonderful lady on this board that did all her quilts with hers and posted pictures of her beautiful quilts. The frame takes up a lot of room if you set it up for full-queen size quilts. I didn't want to take up that much space in my dining room for an extended length of time. Also, the larger quilts have to be turned at about the half-way point to be able to quilt the 2nd half.That is unless you have a machine with a larger throat. I've watched John at the quilt shows and he's amazing. However the quilts he demonstrates are no larger than lap quilts.
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    I recently purchased an Ulmer quilt frame. I have a king size quilt that I needed to hand quilt. I tried a large hoop but the quilt is so large and it was hard to maneuver it. I researched the different types of quilt frame and decided on the Ulmer. It comes fully assembled. I LOVE it!!! And better yet, it only costs $189.00.

    Check out the Ulmer quilt frame web site.

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    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
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    Waste of money and gave mine away.

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    Super Member Deborahlees's Avatar
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    I use mine all the time and works well for me. However I do not make anything bigger than a twin.
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    I had a one for a while and it made a nice decoration in my room as I never mastered it myself.
    However , in fairness to JOhn, he does attend many quilt shows and makes it look so simple as he sits there and shows those who are interested how to work it and he and his daughter love to get emails asking for help.
    So, mine went to a member on here last year....My apologies in advance to John.
    And here he is at the Houston Quilt Show.....
    So I think the frame is a preference to each individual quilter.....don't not try it out...you just never know.
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    I have one and use it a lot. It takes a lot of practice but once you 'get it', you will love it. Most I know that say it's not working give up on it after a few times. It took me many attempts before the light came on! It's great for side to side all over quilting but not for small detail quilting. I can go from one end of the quilt to the other and back again fast, like a typewriter. I don't use it for large size quilts unless I do them in fourths. The end to end quilting is easy to match up.
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