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Thread: A question for Bailey machine users that use it as a 'sit down' machine

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    A question for Bailey machine users that use it as a 'sit down' machine

    For those of you who have the Bailey 15 or the bailey 17 and use it as a 'sit down to a table and quilt' machine....

    Can you quilt a queen or king without dividing the quilt?

    I have a queen bridal quilt that I'm doing for my granddaughter's wedding in May. I have a bernina with a 6 1/2 inch throat from the needle to the machine itself. So I'm going to have to quilt it in sections. It calls for a mitered corner and that would be difficult.

    I'm thinking that a Bailey might be the answer, if I don't have to deal with sectioning the quilt. But I don't want to spend the money if it doesn't help me out and I still have to quilt in sections.

    TIA

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    i don't have one, but i've seen many posts where folks have quilted a queen on a 9.5" throat, so i'm pretty sure you can do it with 15-17"
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    I quilted queen size on my 9.5 Juki before I got my frame. So I'm sure one that size would work.

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    7.5 inch harp for me. It's a little difficult. Can't wait to try it on my 12 inch harp industrial machine, it will make it easy-peasy!

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    I have a Bailey Pro 15 and it sits in a table my husband built. And so far I have done a 70" x 80" quilt on it with no issues. I have a 100" x 100" quilt to do on it in a couple of weeks. I don't anticipate any issues with that either.

    My table is 40" x 61" so I don't have it hanging off and straining to keep it up on the table.
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    So glad to hear that Chasing Hawk. I ordered one yesterday and will be using it with a table. I hope you don't mind but I have a few questions:

    Do you have any problems drawing the bottom thread up to the top of the quilt?

    What thread/needle size do you use?

    Also, was there a big learning curve? I've free motioned several quilts on my domestic machine with no problems except the narrow throat. I have a queen for my granddaughter's wedding shower that I want to do on the new Bailey and am hoping I can learn to control it in time to be able to do that quilt. I really don't want to send it out for quilting because I want it to be entirely from me.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dray965 View Post
    So glad to hear that Chasing Hawk. I ordered one yesterday and will be using it with a table. I hope you don't mind but I have a few questions:

    Do you have any problems drawing the bottom thread up to the top of the quilt?

    What thread/needle size do you use?

    Also, was there a big learning curve? I've free motioned several quilts on my domestic machine with no problems except the narrow throat. I have a queen for my granddaughter's wedding shower that I want to do on the new Bailey and am hoping I can learn to control it in time to be able to do that quilt. I really don't want to send it out for quilting because I want it to be entirely from me.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.
    Hi Dray,
    No issues at all with bringing the bottom thread up.
    Mr. Bailey recommends Coats and Clark Dual duty thread. He sends a spool of it with the machine.
    And the needles are Organ..size 16 Titanium Needles

    I am self taught, for me the learning curve isn't to bad. I have to learn to slow it down and take my time..lol
    The foot pedal has a hair trigger, so be careful of that. I have learned not to step on it like I do my sewing machine I use
    to make my quilt tops on.
    Did you order the table with the machine? If the machine sits in a table there is no need for a stitch regulator.
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    Yes, I did order the table with it. I didn't order the stitch regulator. I had seen in some earlier posts where there was a discussion about whether the stitch regulator was a 'speed' regulator vs. controlling length of stitches. Since I'd be using the foot pedal, I thought I didn't need it, if it was for speed.

    Chuck told me that I could use other needle brands but that they prefered the Organ size 16 needle. I live in a rural area and would only be able to buy from them through online ordering, so it was good to know that I could use other needles brands. But I'm wondering...when I quilt on my Bernina and use a finer thread I use a size 75 or 80 in my machine...and a 90 with the Coats/Clark brand. So I was wondering about being able to use a fine thread as well as a finer needle.

    Thanks for the heads up about the hair-trigger pedal. I'll be getting mine in about 2 weeks, they said and I'm planning to practice on some small things like potholders and placemats until I learn to control it. I bought it for that bridal quilt. It is sooo big that I didn't think that, even if I section, it would be anything but intimidating...want it to be a special one for my grandbaby's wedding shower.

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