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Old 07-11-2019, 05:00 AM
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Curious Question? Do most folks without your own long arm send your quilts out for longarm quilting or do you do you quilting yourself?
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:02 AM
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I do my own. Either hand quilt or QAYG.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:08 AM
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I quilt my own quilts on my DSM. I have never sent one out to a longarmer.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:13 AM
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Myself. I just want to finish the project completely on my own.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:20 AM
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I quilt it myself. It gives me satisfaction of doing all of it myself. Besides if it doesn't turn out right then I know I need to do better.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:24 AM
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Can't afford to send out and I don't have the access to my friend's long arm that I once did. While in some areas the $100 I'm willing to pay may get a top completed, it won't get me much around here and I know I would charge more than that myself! My favorite part of the process is piecing and I've always had completed tops that weren't yet completed quilts but it is starting to stack up. I've gotten better with my quilting but it is a major stumbling block for me in terms of design, I just don't think in those ways and I really admire those that do.

I have a better/modern/deep throat sewing machine now than my old vintage workhorse and can do up to twin sized ok. I could do queen I suppose but it's hard on my physically and the only place I have to layout or sandwich the quilt top is my queen sized bed.

I'm going to be putting an ad in Craig's List looking to share a home quilter's set-up, maybe a couple days a month for a year or so. Of course I would pay for all my materials and I am willing to contribute towards the upkeep of the machine (ie, I am willing to pay) but I'm hoping for a mutually beneficial solution, like maybe someone travels a lot and I can house sit while I quilt. I don't have the space in my small house for a set up, even if I had the funds

There are any number of people who have bought them and don't use them as much as they thought they would, or found they didn't like the business aspects. I know some of you love to quilt and don't like to piece so much... if I just found someone who would quilt down my donation tops they could donate them to whoever they pleased. Sigh, wouldn't it be lovely to find my BFF quilting partner? A girl can dream!

BTW, one kind person on the boards offered to help me baste my tops together, thank you again -- that was so kind!

There is one machine in the general area for rent that I know about. You do have to take a class first, don't mind that. But sometimes my health isn't as good as other days and I need to be a little more flexible. I can't necessarily make a day long appointment in advance and actually be up to it on that day.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:25 AM
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Depends on the size, if its big it goes to the long armer (which incidently happens to be my DD) and the small ones like lap size I do myself.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:41 AM
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I also quilt all my quilts myself. It was very important to me that I made the entire quilt. I self taught myself on my domestic machine. That worked unless the quilt was larger than a baby quilt. I bought a Sit Down Janome Artistic and have not regretted that decision. Free motion was quite the learning curve. I heard somewhere that to learn this techinique, one must practice. And so the practice began and continues! Every quilted item was a practice piece and actually, it still is! Most folks are so grateful to receive a quilted gift, the stitching is never questioned. And once the quilt is washed and dried, and it has that wonderful crumply antique look to it, the stitching is just part of the quilt, and I start another one and practice some more!
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:49 AM
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I quilt all my quilts on my DSM. Some larger quilts I do QAG.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:36 AM
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I send most quilts to the LQS for quilting. The lady does a great job with pattern selection and thread color. I will do some smaller projects on the EMB machine or SITD using the walking foot. I don't enjoy the process of twisting and folding the quilt to get it through the machine. Even with the 11 inch throat it is not fun.

I am having fun finishing small projects using quilting or stippling designs in the EMB machine.
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