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vivoaks 09-15-2011 10:48 AM

I don't have one either. I either do them on my regular sewing machine, or by hand.... I wouldn't want to enter a quilt that I've done on my machine into a quilt show, but they serve the purpose. If I want one done well, I'll do it by hand. Even if it does take forever, I'd rather do it that way.
One alternative is to do a quilt-as-you-go. That's actually what I'm working on right now, and it will be a big queen or king. Doing the quilt-as-you-go method, it won't be difficult at all.

Debo 09-15-2011 10:59 AM

Because of the expense, I bet there are more of us on the board without long arms than there are those who have them. Also, there is the space problem as they are so large. Don't feel bad, you have alot of company!

Suedon 09-15-2011 11:05 AM

I am also looking for a quilter that I can send my finished tops to. I live in FL, but had a great long-arm quilter in KY who recently retired, so I'm looking for someone else. Any suggestions?

Marge L. 09-15-2011 11:30 AM

I have quilted 3 kings and I can't recall how many queens on my domestic machine. No one said it was easy, but it most certainly can be done. My designs ar not at all fancy, like the ones they can do on long arms, but I haven't had any complaints. Don't feel bad, just give it a try. You can do it.

Marge L. 09-15-2011 11:31 AM

I have quilted 3 kings and I can't recall how many queens on my domestic machine. No one said it was easy, but it most certainly can be done. My designs ar not at all fancy, like the ones they can do on long arms, but I haven't had any complaints. Don't feel bad, just give it a try. You can do it. If I can, anyone can. You'll never know if you don't try. Marge L.

quilt gramma 09-15-2011 11:33 AM

No long arm machine in my home . So i send mine out to a lady here in town and she does Beautiful work and I also have a Quilt shop about a hour from me I used and their work is excellent but is more costly .

watson's mom 09-15-2011 11:36 AM


Originally Posted by Granny Quilter

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

Niether do I.

I don't either. I send mine out to a very reliable LAQ.

desertrose 09-15-2011 11:47 AM

If you took a pole I think you'd discover most of us don't have LA machines either. We can all sulk together as we try to pass those quilts through our small throat spaces and have to stick to simple FM designs becasue of lack of space. :cry: :cry: :cry:

Jingle 09-15-2011 11:47 AM

I FMQ on one or the other of my domestic machines, 9" throats. Works for me.

HomespunHandmaiden 09-15-2011 11:51 AM

Personally, I prefer to hand-quilt all of my quilts. My heart literally gets put into each and every quilt with hours of work on it. Hand-quilting is so personal and it makes me feel like I'm truly making a future heirloom. No, I don't have a quilting machine and if I did it would be only for business purposes :) But that's just my preference. :)

Quilting Angel 09-15-2011 11:53 AM

I don't have one either, but sure would love to. I do my quilting on my domestic Janome 8050.

Great-great granny 09-15-2011 12:14 PM


Originally Posted by HomespunHandmaiden
Personally, I prefer to hand-quilt all of my quilts. My heart literally gets put into each and every quilt with hours of work on it. Hand-quilting is so personal and it makes me feel like I'm truly making a future heirloom. No, I don't have a quilting machine and if I did it would be only for business purposes :) But that's just my preference. :)

I feel the same way Homespun - but I also just actually ENJOY the time I spend at the frame hand quilting each stitch. I can truly say every stitch in my quilts is filled w/my love. (I've also worked out many little problems in my life sitting at the frame for hours)

Do you have to stand up to use a LA??? I've never seen a LA in action, but pics of the ones I've seen look like you would have to stand up. If so, even if I didn't prefer to hand quilt or had the space to put one, a physical disability would prevent me from getting one.

luv2so 09-15-2011 12:32 PM

No, I don't have one either.

cjaye44 09-15-2011 12:35 PM

No quilting machine here either. I probably couldn't figure out how to use it anyway :lol: I am trying to master QAYG and I think that's the only way I am going to get my larger quilts done. However, I still like to hand quilt too....I'm just a lot slower at that than I used to be.

ktmo815 09-15-2011 12:47 PM

I don't have one either

Janquiltz 09-15-2011 12:52 PM

I don't have one either.

fairydawn 09-15-2011 01:18 PM

You are definately not the only one. I might stitch in the ditch my smaller quilts but I send the bigger ones to someone else to quilt.

pjnesler 09-15-2011 02:43 PM

In my dreams....I would have the best set up there is. In the real world, I could probably spring for the Sweet 16 sit down model. :cry: My reality is not so bad, I use my Viking and get by just fine. ;-)

madamekelly 09-15-2011 03:12 PM

Add me to the list of "I just quilt with my Brother"!

kathyd 09-15-2011 03:40 PM

Don't have one and at this point don't want one.
No room and no money!!
But I'll never say never. Just not now.

Debbie C 09-15-2011 03:45 PM

I don't have one either - mostly do hand quilting or tying. Just starting to try basic machine quilting.

Nettie Phillips 09-15-2011 04:22 PM

No, you are not the only one without a quilting machine. I don't
have anywhere to put one if I had it. I hand quilt all of mine.

theresa.redington 09-15-2011 04:24 PM


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

Same here! :(

purplefiend 09-15-2011 04:28 PM

I do all my quilting on my HV Sapphire 875, it has a 10" throat space. It makes it easier. Its set up in a Horn Quilter's cabinet, having a large flat space is great.
A long arm machine would be great, but no room for one at my house.

janquilts'ncrochets 09-15-2011 05:30 PM

I do my quilting on my 20 year old New Home. It doesn't look like the work of a long arm, but it's what I can afford. :-D

GG 09-15-2011 05:32 PM

No you are not the only one I don't have one or will ever get one I quilt all by hand and work a full time job.You cannot quilt more than a Baby quilt in the summer time for the heat and way to heavy. I love hand quilting and would never try on my small machine I don't have that much patience.

tanzanita 09-15-2011 05:33 PM

I have a small Brother that I have used since I started quilting about 5 years ago and I have machine quilted all my quilts on it. I don't say it is easy but it can be done and done well with practice. Just lately I discovered the QAYG method and found it to be so much easier that I probably won't go back to the other method except for small projects that I won't have to struggle with so much.

meanmom 09-15-2011 05:52 PM

I don't have one and never will unless I win the lottery. I have quilted most of mine on a regular machine. A few special ones I have quilted.

Cathie R 09-15-2011 06:00 PM

I don't have one and don't want one. I hand quilt mine. I may not get very many done but they sure are pretty when finished. There is nothing to compare with the looks and softness of a hand quilted quilt.

quiltgrammyt2 09-15-2011 06:02 PM

I don't have one either, no room and the budget won't allow it either. I have done some small quilts on my machine, a few small projects were hand quilted and the rest get sent out when we have the extra money. ;-)

Wanabee Quiltin 09-15-2011 06:22 PM

No, I don't have a quilting machine either. It's just me and my sewing machine. I know how to hand quilt, but don't particularly like it on anything bigger than a baby quilt.

kwiltnutt 09-15-2011 06:35 PM

I don't have one and don't want one. I like to quilt my own!

kerrytaylor 09-15-2011 07:38 PM


Originally Posted by madamekelly
Add me to the list of "I just quilt with my Brother"!

Sign me up too! Ill be doing my very first on my Brother this week. I took advantage of every tutorial I could find plus TONS of imput from everyone here. Im kinda excited . . .and determined.

Dee 09-15-2011 08:02 PM

Don't have one and non in sight for me at all.

GailG 09-15-2011 08:25 PM


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 don't have a quilting machine. Where would I put it? I do simple quilting in the ditch or cross hatching.....or I stitch by hand, and it does take a very long time, but I'm not going anywhere, I don't even do FMQ. I use either my Janome or my New Home School machine. I just do the best I can. It's not a contest -- it's just doing something that I love.

DonnaB 09-15-2011 09:03 PM

I don't have one either, but wished I did, along with all the hours of training and knowledge that goes with, plus a room big enough to house one.

Annaleehunter 09-15-2011 09:21 PM


Originally Posted by trisha
I quilt Cal Kings on my Singer

Wow! What Singer do you use for quilting? I only own one Singer (a FW) and can't imagine quilting on it. It is the best piecing machine I have and I love it!

purplefiend 09-15-2011 11:15 PM


Originally Posted by Willa
I haven't gotten past a treadle yet so I'm right there with you.

I have quilted a twin size quilt with my Singer 15 treadle, did both straight lines and FMQ. It was kinda fun.

ConnieF 09-16-2011 01:40 AM

I do not have one either.....but there are a lot of ways to quilt a quilt without putting it on a long arm.... I dowith my sewing machine, just roll it and wiggle it and it gets done... I wouldn't ever get one done by hand...in this lifetime...

shelburn 09-16-2011 02:43 AM

I don't have a quilting machine, and I don't think I would want one. Fist, no room for one, and second, can't justify the expense of one since I don't like to be nailed down to one type of sewing. Just love to see the work done on one, but no desire to do that. It is wise to be happy with your blessings!


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