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Thread: length of quilt frame

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    length of quilt frame

    back this winter, i bought a used hinterberg frame for DSM's. the pipes that came with it were 100" long....and set it up in the ds's bedroom, after all, she's in college! well over spring break she got to climb under it to access her bed . ok for a few days...but not long term.

    Today, we have taken it down and the hubby has sawed 18" off the pipes...so 82" of pipe. and it's being set up in the living room (hope nobody minds...). we had a huge long discussion about what lenght, and finally agreed to this. realized that until i become proficient (and i am a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG way from that)...the quilts would be small. When i'm ready, we'll just get longer pipes.

    so, what lenghts of frame does every one else has?

    Betsey

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    Don't have anything for quilting - it doesn't matter how many times I measure the room it just isn't big enough!

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    I had a hinterberg kit that was to have 114 inch bars/pipes. He bought them but never put it together for me. I finally just took it to a Charity shop here. Hopefully someone will have better luck than I did. it would have done king size quilts.
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    My Gammill has a 12-foot frame and it's plenty long enough...
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    Mine is set up at 8' for the time being but I have an extension when we are ready to take it out to 12'. Maybe this summer. My husband wants to turn the living room into my sewing studio, and the front bedroom into a living area. I'm not sure I am ready to do that.
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    sounds like mine is the shorty in the bunch....at just under 7'

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    I started out with a 6 ft Hinterberg, then went to a 10 ft when I got the stretch extension. Have to stop there as I don't have any room left

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    My Gammill has a 10' frame. I debated for a while over this or the 12' frame, but felt my room just wasn't big enough. It would have fit, but I would have only been able to walk around one end. I have only missed out on 1 customer in 2 years who had a quilt that was too big for my frame. I referred her to a friend and she was happy with my friend so all is well.

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    Mine is 9ft. And fit across the Small wall in my dining room. I had it made that size specifically to fit there. Only problem I have difficulty getting behind it. I have altered mine slightly and put a shelf across the bottom which is great for all type of things. .
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    I have a Bernina frame that is 12' long! It takes up the entire center of our F.R.O.G. I can do a king size quilt on it. I am thinking that it might be better smaller and if I want to make a bigger quilt I could do it in 2 parts and then stitch it together but I am clueless how to cut the pipes down without ruining the way they connect. I can remove one pipe and make it 6' but that is kind of too small.

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    A 12 ft. frame would be divine if one had the room as you do (F.R.O.G = family room over garage)!
    Mine is currently 8 ft. long. but I transport if for use at public functions and school demonstrations.

    IF I want to quilt on it here at home, I move it outside into the shade and spend the hours there with a glass of tea, my threads, the birdsong, and the sounds of the farm. The cats come to check it out and lie at my feet. Mostly I use a hoop and sit in my favorite chair in front of the TV.

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    thank you to everyone for sharing! for now, i have such a learning curve, i think the size will work for me. in my "next" house (ha!) i'd love to have a huge airy sunlight filled room just for quilting and weaving and such....

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    I have a 10' and it fit in my son's room (he got married so it was empty). that worked great until our daughter moved home and into that room. We set the frame up in the living room (which I hated). One day hubby said that has to go so I rented a studio that I work out of. It's fun but I'm getting tired of paying rent. I could get a whole lot of quilts quilted by someone else so I'm thinking of selling the whole thing.
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    I used to have one with pipes there were, I believe, 96 inches. I nearly always make lap quilts, or wall hangings so it was an expense I should not have taken. I now have one of those snap together plastic ones, and it is great. Takes up a lot less room. The tough thing is that the cats think it is a hammock.
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