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Thread: new quilt frame

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    Senior Member Prissnboot's Avatar
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    So I got a quilt frame in January and here it is 3 months later, finally got up enough nerve to try it out.

    What a pain in the butt!!!!!

    After attaching all the fabrics on all 4 leader strips what seemed like fifteen times before finally getting them right, I start using it...only to find out it doesn't want to do curves, just more like right angles. Now I understand why his demo on YouTube shows the quilting being done at such a slow speed of movement - what a huge disappointment! This model is one that Kenneth Lund makes and markets, and the carriage for the sewing machine is quite disappointing, to say the least. I don't know if WD40 will make any difference on loosening the wheels on the trolley or not, but I am very much less than enthralled with it. Does anyone out there have any ideas as to how to get this thing to work? I hate to see my money and other's hard work go to waste with this thing...

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    I don't have one, but will be watching for other's thoughts. I am sorry for your troubles, and hope someone has a simple solution. I hate "buyers regret".

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    What's the brand name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maia B
    What's the brand name?
    there is no brand name - Kenneth Lund makes these himself, like I said before.

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    Sorry, thought it might be a situation of a quilting "celebrity" endorsing a brand name item, which is very common. Since I'm in the market, I'm eager to learn from the experience of others.

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    Being able to smoothly make "O"s is how many people test a frame. How easily the wheels or bearings turn on the carriage, how smooth the tracks, rails or pipes are and the frame must be level for it all to function correctly.

    Even some of the big name machine quilting frame companies went through several upgrades & re-designs before they came up with a frame & carriage that could make smooth "O"s.

    Look at other frames that people rave about--Hinterberg Original, Stretch & Summit; SuperQuilter and SuperQuilter ProFlex; Grace Pro & Pinnacle and several others to see how they are made and see if there are any modifications that you can make to yours to make it more like them.

    I know Hinterberg sold the plans to make your own frame at one time and you can buy just the carriage from several different manufacturers. Your rail system will determine which kind of carriage you can use.

    I have a B-Line Studio frame and a SuperQuilter ProFlex. They both can make round "O"'s. Because of the way the B-Line is designed--it's fussier about being & staying level than the ProFlex

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    Prissnboot, Do you like your frame any better now? I'm hoping to buy something soon and I'm leaning towards this frame.

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    I highly recommend never buying anything you can no try out before purchase.

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    I have a Pinnacle frame and the carraige rides very smooth. It was set up by a professional installer from the shop I bought it from so it works perfect.
    Now I need to learn how to use it.

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    As a follow up to my original comment about this kenneth lund piece of garbage, my father has re-engineered the vertical moving wheels and changed them to casters so they swivel nicely, but the horizontal wheels we left alone. What a mistake! I hope this post helps anyone considering purchasing his engineered quilt frame - don't do it! Spend the extra money and buy something else that works better than this thing. I have no idea what I'm going to do with this thing now.
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    I am planning on building the pvc frames and trying those. Has anyone tried those type. I think there called the snap Q frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelindaD View Post
    I am planning on building the pvc frames and trying those. Has anyone tried those type. I think there called the snap Q frames.
    Belinda, I have one and it is so easy to use! I have the extender kit too and it is as wide as a queen. I am re-doing my sewing room and this frame may have to go. I'll sell it if you're interested. It's a Q Snap, not Snap Q
    You can have any design you want. As long as it's loops!

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    So sorry you don't like it. Thanks for the heads up though. I would put it on craigs list and then try to find another.
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    but by the moments that take our breath away.

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    Ashley How much for it .I was just gonna try to make one from PVC myself. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelindaD View Post
    Ashley How much for it .I was just gonna try to make one from PVC myself. LOL
    I think I paid almost $180 for it so I guess $100 and split the shipping? They're probably cheaper to make!

    This includes the extension kit for the Q-Snap Floor Model Frame. When you add it, it's over 6ft long!
    You can have any design you want. As long as it's loops!

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