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    New to this, and confused!

    I'm self taught thanks to books, blogs and anything else quilt related. Just finished a class at a local fabric shop, and came away very confused! According to the teacher: don't pre wash, don't pull bobbin threads up, never roll excess when quilting, (just smooch and scrunch), bias is the only acceptable binding, don't need a walking foot, basting is the only way to go, and my Singer HD110 is barely a beginners machine, not really designed for quilting - and don't use the acrylic table it came with. Needless to say, since I was doing all of the above, with great success, I'm confused. I've had great luck with my machine, and love the table! Any thoughts??

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    I learned along time ago to figure out what works for you. There are many ways to do the same thing with great results either way. It's your time, your money, your fabric, your quilt. Do it your way Enjoy your quilting journey~

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    go with what you know, and maybe suggest, if given the opportunity, that the quilt teacher open her mind to the many and various ways quilts get made.

    there are NO absolutes in quilting, or in much else for that matter.

    there are a thousand raging debates in your short list of do's and don'ts up there. what matters is that this is fun, satisfying and that your quilt doesn't dissolve into a heap of thread in the somewhat near future. or maybe in a post-modern kind of artsy way, a heap of thread formerly known as a quilt would make you smile.

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    I think I'd find a new teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I think I'd find a new teacher.
    Ditto! She sounds more like the Quilt Police than a teacher. I'm also self/book taught. Do what YOU want when it comes to any part of quilting. I prewash everything. I use different types of fabric in a quilt. I fold over my backing to use as a binding. I use Elmers School Glue to baste my quilt. I do whatever the heck I want!! If it doesn't come out the way I like it, I've got a seam ripper and a washing machine.

    Just tell her to Kiss your beginner basic machine!!! (mine is made by Brother, lol)

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    My thought is to perhaps try another teacher, if you really need to. I am self taught too other than my mother decades ago when I was 11. You will get a whole different set of answers with someone else showing you something, just as you do reading different books and magazines. I have done both pre-wash and no pre-wash and goodness there is a difference. Most fabrics I pre-wash because I sometimes want the receiver to see what the quilt looks like before the first wash and dry; I have pulled bobbin threads up, when it doesn't make a difference in the quality of the quilting I am doing, nor compromise the design of the quilt; I love and prefer bias binding, but have done crossgrain also. Works for wall hangings without a problem, and doll quilts; I prefer a walking foot. Have done it without also. The thicker quilts I use the walking foot because it helps guide the quilt through the machine more evenly with very little effort from me; I have to have the extra flatbed table area for quilting or sewing of any kind-except garment sleeves. What's up with saying don't use it? And there is nothing wrong with your Singer. If it sews, works for you, and does what you need it to, then my goodness use it and enjoy it. Don't let anyone talk you into spending more money when what you have works just fine. Every quilter is different and you will have your own style. I wouldn't take what another says as law. Make it your own.

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    I agree with the others, I usually don't pre-wash, any machine that sews straight (not when I operate the silly machine) will work. You seem to be doing fine with what you are doing and the other skills will come with time. RElax and enjoy and get a new teacher or adviser or whatever she is.
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    Pick and choose the information you want to keep from each teacher or book. Ignore the rest. You will know when you need a different machine. As long as yours satisfies your needs, keep using it. One of my favorite machines is a 1947 Singer. You can do whatever you want. It is your quilt. Have fun quilting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anniedeb View Post
    I'm self taught thanks to books, blogs and anything else quilt related. Just finished a class at a local fabric shop, and came away very confused! According to the teacher: don't pre wash, don't pull bobbin threads up, never roll excess when quilting, (just smooch and scrunch), bias is the only acceptable binding, don't need a walking foot, basting is the only way to go, and my Singer HD110 is barely a beginners machine, not really designed for quilting - and don't use the acrylic table it came with. Needless to say, since I was doing all of the above, with great success, I'm confused. I've had great luck with my machine, and love the table! Any thoughts??
    My first thoughts were not particular printable!

    Her method(s) are one way of doing things - many of them NOT my preferred method!

    I think YOU are way more advanced than your teacher - you just said your methods worked well for you - success is the proof that they are working!

    Just continue to read this board - there are many many areas where even the experienced quilters have their DIFFERING preferred methods - and some of them are award winners!

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    PS - Class instructors are not the be-all and end-all for knowledge.

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    Wow, she's got a lot of "rules" - I wonder if she lets herself enjoys quilting!!! The only rule she mentioned that I actually do myself is scrunch rather than roll. Most of the time it's easier to handle the quilt that way. Try out lots of things and use what works for you best. The main thing is to enjoy what you are doing!

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    I'd be curious to know the reasons "why" she says these things. I can see reasons for all of them, but none of them are "must do's". As others have said - we all have figured out what works for us.

    Just keep on doing what is working for you.
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    There are many different ways to make a quilt. Most settle on what works for them. The best thing is to listen, try, question, and add what you learn to your handbook of ideas.

    There are more than 12 ways to applique. Some methods are better for specific tasks than others. If you learn them all, you can more easily choose your own method for a new project.

    If you take a class from an award winning quilter would you question her successful methods? And yet, there are many ways to make a quilt.

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    I can not beleive what this teacher was saying to you. There are soooooo many ways to sew-quilt and sew many machines that work wonderful.
    Do what works for you and get find another teacher.

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    since you are fairly new to "organized" quilting, i would do what the teacher tells you to do. after you learn the rules, you can break them! happy quilting!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anniedeb View Post
    I'm self taught thanks to books, blogs and anything else quilt related. Just finished a class at a local fabric shop, and came away very confused! According to the teacher: don't pre wash, don't pull bobbin threads up, never roll excess when quilting, (just smooch and scrunch), bias is the only acceptable binding, don't need a walking foot, basting is the only way to go, and my Singer HD110 is barely a beginners machine, not really designed for quilting - and don't use the acrylic table it came with. Needless to say, since I was doing all of the above, with great success, I'm confused. I've had great luck with my machine, and love the table! Any thoughts??

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    if there had only been ONE way to make quilts, we'd still be using scissors
    that's what's so great about the QB... you get a variety of opinions of ideas and you can choose what works for you and what you enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rush88888 View Post
    since you are fairly new to "organized" quilting, i would do what the teacher tells you to do. after you learn the rules, you can break them! happy quilting!
    I disagree. While teachers are great (I have to say that - I was one, lol) and you can learn a lot from them (well, most of them) you shouldn't rely wholly on what one person says - that is her way, not necessarily what works for you.
    Don't let your relative inexperience (I am too) shadow your common sense. You seem to be doing fine.
    Welcome to the board btw!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I think I'd find a new teacher.
    I'm with Candace.

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    If you've been doing okay your way stick with it, I am also self taught and do things mostly my way, the best advice I get is on these boards and when I try a method that works better than the one I was doing I use it, anything that makes life easier for me works...

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    First thing; you can take the same class from 5 different teachers and will always learn different things. You have to do what you feel comfortable with and realize there is no such thing as the quilt Police even though some think there are. There are some who feel that the way they do things is the only way to do it but in quilting as with most things in life; there are many different ways. If you google each of these things you mentioned you'll get lots of debates and opinions as to how to do them. You'll find what works for you and go that way. I always pay attention to what is being taught in class but decide for myself if it works for me. Like, I pre-wash only fabrics that I think may cause me trouble in the end. Some never pre-wash and others always do. I think walking feet make your life easier and I love using spray basting. Thats my way of doing it but you'll have to find your way. Any machine can do quilting, it's straight lines for the most part and even though some are hard to quilt on, there are quilters who make it work because thats what they have or thats' what they enjoy. Keep taking the classes and learn about the different options you have but then do it the way it's good for you. I love taking classes and I always learn something new and incorporate only what I feel good into what I do. Good luck and since you were doing well before, keep on going in that direction and you'll be fine
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    Annie, I have one machine and do everything on it. It is at least 18 yrs. old. I think you need to do what is best for you and not listen to someone about how they THINK it should all be done. This teacher sounds like one that has the attitude that her way is the only way. I have a hubby like that. lol
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    Thankfully, the instructor at my first quilting class told me there's no such thing as THE ONLY way to do something in quilting. She said it's ment to be enjoyed. Learn what works for you and have fun.

    Sadly, teachers like that can ruin a person for the joy of the process. I'd say, take whatever information works for you and loose the rest.

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    Welcome to the QB!!! And Heavens, it is a wonder you still want to join us after that "teacher" trying to tell you those things. Just use your common sense and you will do fine. Go to some local quilt shows and look at quilts and get some ideas of how a completed quilt should look and you will get educated fast. HTH
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    If you are not having any problems with how you were doing things then I would not change. One thing I always do is wash the fabrics.

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    I always say take what you need and leave the rest there.

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