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yellowsnow55 09-14-2011 10:02 PM

What she said

Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose
I don't have one either....do my own FMQ on my domestic brother....it's hard, but can be done

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MacThayer 09-14-2011 10:50 PM

No, I don't have a long arm quilter either. If I make a quilt that requires more than basic quilting, which I do on my Brother machine, then I send it out to a long arm quilter to be done. I'll often do that if I have a large quilt and it's for a gift. I consider it both a gift to myself, so I don't have to do it, and a gift for the person I'm giving the quilt to, because they'll have professional quilting on their quilt.

One of the things I'm just starting is the "Quilt as you Go" method by Penny Halgren. She has a whole series of DVD's that show you how to do it. In this method, you create each block for the quilt, and then put each block together in a "sandwich" with the batting and backing, and quilt it on the spot. When you're done, you'll have all the blocks for the quilt, and they will already be quilted. The genius part is showing you how to put them together into a whole quilt. Believe me, it doesn't seem like the batting is made up of "blocks", and it's just like a regular quilt. It's a whole lot easier because you're working on smaller pieces at a time, much easier to quilt than a big quilt under a small machine. Check it out. It might be just the ticket for you.

sewNso 09-14-2011 10:55 PM

i prefer to do FM mine on my janomee. roll it up from each side after it is basted with pins. and just do some till you get tired. nothing says you have to do the whole thing in one day.
got a frame and phaff machine to 'short arm'. but i prefer thru the janome. because with the phaff, i have to turn the rollers half way thru the quilt. not everyone has all the gismo's and gadgets. but it's nice to vent sometimes, isn't it?

QM 09-14-2011 11:44 PM

I don't have one and likely never will. We don't have the room, even if we had the money right handy. Besides that, most LAs require one to stand. I can't stand for long. I do my quilting on my Janome, although once in a while I get my guild sisters to LA a part of a quilt for me. (I prefer to do the borders myself.)

Yooper32 09-15-2011 02:26 AM

No mid or long arm here either, only wishful thinking.

crazythread 09-15-2011 02:48 AM

I don't have one either and probably never will. I love the feel of a hand quilted quilt over the flat stiffer feel of the machine quilting. The LAQ quilting is beautiful to look at but it just dosn't have that "I love you" feel of the hand quilting IMHO There may come a time when I won't be able to do my own hand quilting and then I may change my mind.

Quilt-Till-U-Wilt 09-15-2011 03:13 AM

I don't have one and it's for a good reason. I haven't even made myself practice quilting on my Janome yet.

Weenween 09-15-2011 03:15 AM


Originally Posted by Threads of Love
Am I the only one out here that doesn't have a quilting machine???? I make queen size quilts and have to quilt all by hand, which takes forever! I keep asking for a quilter but know in this small place I'll never get one.....oh boo whooo for me. Sorry just being jealous of all the beautiful work you all do.
Thanks.

I HAVE NEVER HAD ONE BUT I SURE WISHED I DID THE THROAT OF MY MACHINES ARE SMALL COMPARED TO A QUILTING MACHINE I OWN 10 MACHINES NON OF THEM ARE QUILTERS.

scrappy2 09-15-2011 03:16 AM

No special quilting machine here just me & my Janome!

Tinabodina 09-15-2011 03:25 AM

No, you are not the only one. I am 60 years old and got my Avante' this year. Many years with a regular machine. DH told me he would have let me get one sooner but wanted to make sure my "quilting thing" wasn't a fad. DAHHHHH - remember he's only a man. ROLF

sandrabrueggeman 09-15-2011 03:31 AM

No, I don't have one, I have WalMarts cheapest machine and it has had a work out. I tie off most of my quilts.

jeanneb52 09-15-2011 03:43 AM

I have a mid arm that I am learning to use but have done FMQ on the regular machine for years...try it, you'll like it

quilted dakota 09-15-2011 03:43 AM

I dont have one either, use my regular machine to "stitch in the ditch" or. .if im real flush at the time. .I have mine done on a machine by a pro. mostly, I do my own, lol.

smagruder 09-15-2011 03:46 AM

We have a store here in Louisville, that will give you lessons and then rent the machine for you to quilt your own. Maybe you could find one in your area.

ragqueen03 09-15-2011 03:50 AM


Originally Posted by smagruder
We have a store here in Louisville, that will give you lessons and then rent the machine for you to quilt your own. Maybe you could find one in your area.

I was going to suggest the same thing! There is a woman in the area that has "The Sewing Room" - it is not a quilt shop but a Quilting shop! She has everything. I personally have not gone there but I referred a quilting friend and she loved it. Maybe someone in your area has the same thing. I have always told my husband that if we ever win the lottery I would buy a couple of long arms and rent them for people to finish their own quilts.

GABBYABBY 09-15-2011 04:01 AM


Originally Posted by ckcowl
you do not need a special machine to machine quilt a quilt- you only need practice

many many fabulous- famous - spectacular international award winning quilters quilt on a domestic machine (the same machine they piece with)

there are tons of tutorials, videos and classes available to help you learn to free motion quilt with your domestic machine.

the first quilt i ever quilted was an $89 brother i bought at walmart- took a class at the lqs and did quite well.

it does not take anything special- just the desire and lots of practice.

I soooo totally agree with you!!!

BeebeeA 09-15-2011 04:06 AM

I use my Janome to quilt my quilts. I have it on a Penny Winkle quilt framem that I bought about 10 years ago at a quilt show i went to. You can use any machine on it. I always wanted a long arm machine but they are all way out of my price range. I found one I can finally afford.. The Pennywinkle Sunshine 16. I ordered one and will get it in a few weeks. It is a mid arm machine, only 16" but it will be much better than my regular machine.

stoppain 09-15-2011 04:09 AM

not me and I'm very good at quilting my quilts and I still learning

quilt3311 09-15-2011 04:15 AM

Oh, but if you have around a square yard of space (3 ft x 3 ft) you can get a Handi Quilter sit down quilting machine. I have the sit down HQ and I have a very small space, in fact it has to be in my living room. When I quilt a large quilt, I put a small folding table beside it to support the excess fabric. I love my machine.

sueisallaboutquilts 09-15-2011 04:16 AM

I don't have one. When I need one quilted I send it to the talented people here!! :D

Edie 09-15-2011 04:16 AM

I have a quilting machine and her name is Nanette!!!!!!!!! Edie

And you can't have her - she's mine!!!!!!

I don't have a machine, no room, no money. But I have the best quilter and I love her work!

ptquilts 09-15-2011 04:22 AM

Don't have one, don't want one. All hand quilting with an occasional tied quilt. I don't think I could stand (literally) at a quilting machine for very long, my back would complain.
And as for trying to do MQ on my DSM, I don't even like wrestling with a pair of jeans when I am trying to patch the knee. Not much room around the machine either.

Someone mentioned on another thread about getting a 12' frame - let's just say my house is only 16' wide!! and only 4 rooms.

angelaz 09-15-2011 04:24 AM

I am so happy that this was brought up. I have been admiring everyones's quilting and feeling overwhelmed and worried that here I was getting into something but because of funds, won't be able to afford to pay someone to quilt a top for me once I invest in the material. Now I learn that i am understanding that people Do quilt on the same machine as they make the tops on and with lots of practice and patience i will be able to accomplish it also. Thank you to everyone who responded to her post.

glorcour 09-15-2011 04:24 AM

Well I am the owner of an Avante which I bought in the spring. I love it and find that with the right batting and design the quilts are not stiff as a board but rather soft and drapy. What I do not have are wrinkles or tucks or bubbles in the back and I no longer have to make a quilt sandwich (I abhorred this). Yes it is a huge investment and you need room for it. I always took large quilts out to a pro and had them done and they are lovely. BUT I really love to complete my own and a LA works for me. I have even done a few already for members of my quilt group and they have paid me. I am not starting a business however.

scrappy2 09-15-2011 04:26 AM


Originally Posted by ragqueen03

Originally Posted by smagruder
We have a store here in Louisville, that will give you lessons and then rent the machine for you to quilt your own. Maybe you could find one in your area.

I was going to suggest the same thing! There is a woman in the area that has "The Sewing Room" - it is not a quilt shop but a Quilting shop! She has everything. I personally have not gone there but I referred a quilting friend and she loved it. Maybe someone in your area has the same thing. I have always told my husband that if we ever win the lottery I would buy a couple of long arms and rent them for people to finish their own quilts.

If I may ask, were in Ohio is The Sewing room?

LisaGibbs 09-15-2011 04:28 AM

I don't have one, I have a regular older Brother and just use a big table when I quilt them. Little harder and I am saving for the one with a bigger area to move the quilt around, until then I just do a lot of rolling, folding, and assistance from the dh.

Suzi 09-15-2011 04:29 AM

No - no long-arm here (or mid-arm for that matter) because we have absolutely no room for one. It would require an add-on to the house and, even though my DH is a Master Carpenter, the cost is prohibitive (both for the room add-on and for the machine). I do simple quilting on one of my DSMs or tie and one day will take the plunge and have Charismah quilt one for me ........... fingers crossed!

Justlucy 09-15-2011 04:41 AM

I do my quilts all by hand also but I tie mine, I would not have the first idea how to quilt them by hand. Tying works fine.

mapleie 09-15-2011 04:43 AM

I just use my old Singer. No room for a long arm.

dolores 09-15-2011 04:44 AM

no I don't have one, maybe someday, if not I will continue to quilt on my home sewing machine

PATTIESPEARL 09-15-2011 04:45 AM

I don't have one either and like you, my place is so small. I must admit that I would have a difficult and extremely painful time if I had to stand to use one.I have degenerative disc disease and arthritus in my spine. I have quite a few discs missing so have had to back away from some things.My lights are flickering so bad this morning, I may lose power at any time.

quiltingnana1 09-15-2011 04:53 AM


Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
You're not the only one. I don't have a quilting machine either.

I don't have one either. I would have to make a lot of quilts to justify that kind of purchase. Then, I would have to find room to set it up.

grannyp70 09-15-2011 04:55 AM

Nope you aren't alone, I don't have a quilting machine either. I do what quiting I do on my regular machine. It takes me a long time, but I get it done. So don't feel alone ok. Have a Blessed day.

Sharonmarie63 09-15-2011 05:00 AM

I like nothing better than to sit at my frame or under a hoop and relax by hand quilting. Machines are not for me.

graciemae 09-15-2011 05:05 AM

I don't have one either. Don't want the long arm, no where to put it. I still hand quilt but am going to try to quilt a small top on my Brother.

QuiltingrandmafromMi 09-15-2011 05:08 AM

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Nope, don't have one, do my quilting on my brother,it's almost the true meaning of quilting.

bobolee 09-15-2011 05:08 AM

You are not the only one. I just use a regular sewing machine - it is difficult but I'd rather use a machine than do it by hand. I dream of someday owning a quilting machine!

angelarose 09-15-2011 05:15 AM


Originally Posted by Threads of Love
Am I the only one out here that doesn't have a quilting machine???? I make queen size quilts and have to quilt all by hand, which takes forever! I keep asking for a quilter but know in this small place I'll never get one.....oh boo whooo for me. Sorry just being jealous of all the beautiful work you all do.
Thanks.

You're not the only one who doesn't have a quilting machine. The quilts I make I Stitch in the Ditch...have you tried that? I'm going to learn how to free motion quilt, someday! Boo Whoo, don't be sad...maybe some day the Quilting Machine Fairy Godmother will visit you, so keep strong and forge ahead.

sandpat 09-15-2011 05:20 AM

Nope, don't have one and don't have plans to get one either. I quilt all mine on my little Bernina. Its not hard, just take your time and make sure you have a large something on your left and behind the machine to support the weight.

anicra 09-15-2011 05:25 AM

You're not aloe. I would love to get a quilting machine but it's still out of my price range. I do my own FMQ on my Janome 6600. Il find I enjoy it and feel as if I have lots of control since my hands are on the fabric all the time. About 2 years ago, I quilted a king size on my domestic machine and had no problem.


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