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Threads of Love 09-14-2011 04:09 PM

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.

Buckeye Rose 09-14-2011 04:10 PM

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

Jim's Gem 09-14-2011 04:10 PM

I have a regular size Bernina that I have quilted all of my own quilts on. Over 200 of them. It is not fun to quilt a queensize on but it can be done...

Cyn 09-14-2011 04:10 PM

I sometimes make a whole quilt by hand. I enjoy the process but I do have a sewing machine or two that I use :)

AlwaysQuilting 09-14-2011 04:15 PM

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

jdiane318 09-14-2011 04:17 PM

I use my Janome to quilt my quilts. I take the king-size ones to the quilt shop and rent a quilting machine for the day to get those done.

ckcowl 09-14-2011 04:17 PM

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.

simplyme 09-14-2011 04:17 PM

Last year while at the Houston Quilt Fest I bought a Handi Quilter Avante'. I have wanted one for a long while and I did call my husband before I purchased it. This year he said he was going to the to the Fest with me. I guess I can't be trusrted anymore!!!

luv-e 09-14-2011 04:25 PM

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You are not ALONE!!!!!!!!
It is good to vent and we get to too!!!

Granny Quilter 09-14-2011 04:29 PM


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

Niether do I.

Lori S 09-14-2011 04:30 PM

No you are not alone No long arm machine at my house .. nor is there any intention to have one. But I will say for big quilts I send them to a Long Arm pro ... its the best gift I can give myself .... I just hated ... and I mean HATED !!! wrestling that big quilt through my regular machine. I would stress ,and CUSS like a bad mannered truck driver. It was very liberating to use the pros for the big quilts.

Annaquilts 09-14-2011 04:31 PM

No you are not. There are also several posts about quilting on your sewing machine. It is not exactly fun but it is possible. If you have a vintage sewing machine you might want to consider quilting on that. many have alrger openings and are pretty powerful. Besure to get some quilting gloves, thinner batting that can be quilted further apart like warm and natural and puddle your quilt doing sections at a time.

I do think nothing is as comfortable as a hand quilted quilt. It is very beautiful and there is nothing like it. IMHO

Annaquilts 09-14-2011 04:33 PM

LOL I looked at the Avante just Friday but unfortunately we had up to $7000 on car, oldies, repairs and wedding expenses from DD so the account was empty. DH was the one figuring it out as he knows my joints do not like these large quilts on a home machine.


Originally Posted by simplyme
Last year while at the Houston Quilt Fest I bought a Handi Quilter Avante'. I have wanted one for a long while and I did call my husband before I purchased it. This year he said he was going to the to the Fest with me. I guess I can't be trusrted anymore!!!


irishrose 09-14-2011 05:13 PM

Just a little Singer 301 here with no plans for anything else.

Quiltbeagle 09-14-2011 05:16 PM

I don't have one and probably never will unless the prices drop significantly. I use my regular machine to quilt what I can, but I have a stack of tops waiting because I'm not very good at FMQ on it and I don't want to ruin them.

QuiltnNan 09-14-2011 05:17 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'm jealous of hand quilters. i only wish i had the patience and talent that you have. i prefer the handquilted look.

kiffie2413 09-14-2011 05:17 PM

I was a hand quilter only until about 2 years ago...I then joined a quilt group, and started using my Brother PC-420...Just in last couple of months I have bought a Brother PQ1500...I am coming to realize that its not really the machine...its the user....I kinda hate to admit that..as I keep thinking if I had like a handiquilter set up all of my work would be awesome...and look like the quilting I see here...lol...oh well, gotta dream...
K

Greenheron 09-14-2011 05:23 PM

No, I don't have one and not likely to get one.

ncsewer 09-14-2011 05:30 PM

I don't have a LA and would love one. And... by the way just noticed youare in Naples. My Mom lives there just moved last fall. We came last spring and will try and get back. We found two quilt stores and hope to find some more next year.

Murphy 09-14-2011 05:36 PM

I you are talking about long arms, many of us do not have those.

Dyan 09-14-2011 05:36 PM

I don't have one, I have room for one in my basement, but can't afford one, so I hand quilt, and not very good at that...lol but my quilt manage to stay together.

Maggiesmom 09-14-2011 05:39 PM

I don't.

Stitchnripper 09-14-2011 05:43 PM

I use my regular mechanical Brother to do my quilting. It can do free motion or stitch in the ditch. You don't need a special machine although it would be nice to have one.

Dolphyngyrl 09-14-2011 05:52 PM

not alone, just me and my DSM

Julie in WA 09-14-2011 06:24 PM

I think long arm machines are a true luxury, an investment with no return for your money...unless, of course, you quilt for others. But I have seen many long arms up for sale by quilters who got so busy quilting for everyone else that they no longer had the enjoyment of planning, piecing, quilting, and finishing personal projects.

If money were no object, and I could justify it on my conscience, I would definitely have one. But then I would need to buy a bigger house or at least add on to our existing house to make room for the frame!

No, I feel it is more important to put funds aside for daughter's college and our retirement. With practice, I can do a fine job quilting on my regular machine.

nyelphaba 09-14-2011 06:25 PM

I don't have a quilting machine.

Hurricane 09-14-2011 06:31 PM

I quilt by hand and until recently, I pieced by hand. My daughter bought a Brother sewing machine for my birthday. I started to piece by machine and it was instant gratification. I will always quilt by hand and find it very relaxing. I also enjoy needle turn appliqué. So you are not alone.

grammy Dwynn 09-14-2011 06:37 PM

Another who does not have a LA (Long Arm), just my Janome 6500. Usually my largest (queens & kings) quilts go to 'the quilter'. I quilt the rest, usually grid, SID and meandering, starting to get confident to try patterns/designs.

scraphq 09-14-2011 06:39 PM

No LA here and no desire for one. Hand quilter. Do simple machine quilting on charity kid's quilts and it is not something I enjoy.

Tartan 09-14-2011 06:50 PM

The biggest I've quilted on my domestic sewing machine is a twin. It turned out nice but I have a Christmas tablecloth I want to quilt and I think I'm going to try quilting the two sections and then joining the batting with a zigzag and then hand stitching the backing together. If this works well, I'm going to use this method to try a queensize quilt. I have hand quilted a couple of quilts and I do enjoy it but it takes me so looooog that I get bored. As for purchasing a mid or long arm, not in my budget yet.

LivelyLady 09-14-2011 06:52 PM


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

Same here :D

KS quilter 09-14-2011 07:33 PM

I do not have a quilting machine, nor do I quilt on my
regular sewing machine. The two things I really like about making quilts is picking the pattern and then the fabric to go with it. I do the cutting and piecing just
because I have to to get a top ready to quilt. Do them all
by hand because I love to 'quilt'. I have done it for so many years, but I just never tire of it.

trisha 09-14-2011 07:35 PM

I quilt Cal Kings on my Singer

ManiacQuilter2 09-14-2011 07:42 PM


Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
I have a regular size Bernina that I have quilted all of my own quilts on. Over 200 of them. It is not fun to quilt a queensize on but it can be done...

I too quilt on my old Bernina 1530 that is in the shop for service. The trick is to have the quilt support around your machine especially on your left side. Flipping it over one's shoulder NEVER worked for me. I also have quilted over 200 quilts but due to my disability, I quilt ONLY for me now. That is MUCH MORE FUN !! Except for the pain especially in the fingers.... :)

gigi10 09-14-2011 08:05 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 one. I am not even sure I want one.

Painiacs 09-14-2011 08:27 PM

Nope going to learn on reg machine!!

sewlisa 09-14-2011 08:31 PM

Nope, I don't have one either. Probably never will, at least until I get a sewing room again. Had to give mine up when we had kids. They have to move out sometime, right?

Willa 09-14-2011 08:33 PM

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

SnowQuilt 09-14-2011 09:09 PM

I don't have one either I use my domestic Kenmore for quilting. :)

Marshalea 09-14-2011 09:24 PM

I too have ended up hand quilting all my larger and many of my baby quilts. I have not been bold enough to fight with the bulk of a large quilt on my regular machine. You guys inspire me to try!


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