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    I have been cruising along, piecing my first quilt, but I am having a heck of a time with the actual quilting on my sewing machine. It's so big, it is just impossible. I don't know how I will ever finish it without it puckering or having crooked lines. Does anyone have any tips on the actual quilting process on a regular machine? I guess that is why some of you have long arm quilting machines, they look nice but expensive. If I don't find a way to do this, I'm afraid I will never try this again. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? I have a walking foot and I'm just doing the ditch stitching right now...I am starting in the middle and trying to work my way out, but I can't really switch direction of course. I have the quilt kind of rolled up but I have to move it all the time so everything bunches and shifts. I have about 100 safety pins holding the sandwich in place though so it is probably ok. This just doesn't seem fun =/

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    One thing I do is roll the quilt so it fits well under the arm and put another table or your ironing board in front of your sewing machine table to help hold the weight so it won't drag on your needle. Maybe this would help a little. Don't give up!! It is such a great feeling to see a finished quilt !

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    search for some tutorials of machine quilting a large quilt. there are sure to be several out there. I tried rolling, didn't like it. i usually just bunch it up and quilt where i can and move from there. depends on the design you are quilting too, it is more difficult and slow if you must turn your quilt all the time.
    good luck.

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    Sorry I'm of no help.....what you are describing is why I got my longarm in the first place!!! Welcome from Illinois.

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    As big as your quilt looks, I use closer to 300 pins. Dunno! I've never quilted one on a sewing machine. I hand quilted 2 0r 3 and used that many pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneMoreQuilt
    Sorry I'm of no help.....what you are describing is why I got my longarm in the first place!!! Welcome from Illinois.
    Are there any inexpensive long arms? I keep hearing they are in the 8 to 10 thousand dollar range (eek!). I have a cheap machine that cost about $200 but it is trucking along.

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    I agree...don't give up. The first one might be a struggle but you eventually find your way. It takes time and lots of practice. The long arm machines just present new challenges...I have one and it's not as easy either. That too takes lots of practice. This is definitely a hobby that requires patience which I do not always have. So, learn when to walk away and take a break. Deep breathes...you can do it!

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    Before I got a machine quilting frame (and after pinning the layers together) I would use bicycle clips (something like this http://store.quilting-warehouse.com/notions-clips.html ) and roll each side towards the middle, but leaving enough space to quilt down the middle. When I finished one row, I would unroll one side a little bit and take up the difference on the other side so that I could quilt on the next row. I hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crystaltx
    Quote Originally Posted by OneMoreQuilt
    Sorry I'm of no help.....what you are describing is why I got my longarm in the first place!!! Welcome from Illinois.
    Are there any inexpensive long arms? I keep hearing they are in the 8 to 10 thousand dollar range (eek!). I have a cheap machine that cost about $200 but it is trucking along.
    It depends on what you consider inexpensive. My HQ Sweet Sixteen sit down was around $5000, which compared to most long arms is relatively inexpensive. And I love it.
    :D

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    Better to start with smaller quilts and build up to this size. Use tables/ironing board to help with the weight. Once you get enough of it done, lay it down, take a couple steps away and look. Minor mistakes fade away from the overall quilt. I puddle the quilt instead of rolling it. Leah Day has hundreds of awesome free tutorials on using a sewing machine to quilt. Keep at it. you won't be disappointed once you get the hang of it.

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    I didn't think I was going to get my first quilting project done with a regular sewing machine. I use 505 Basting Spray and also pins around the outside. You just have to roll or squish the quilt up to get it into the throat of your machine and there are times it certainly isn't easy. You may only be able to quilt a small section and then have to reposition everything which does become aggravating. Someone else suggested to realize you do have to walk away sometimes and that's so true. Hang in there and keep trying. You'll get it figured out.

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    Yeah that is to much like work, no fun at all, so I got a LA.

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    I pin mine no less than hand-width apart. I also take a lot of effort to tape the backing down very taut and smooth out the other layers so I can keep puckering to a minimum. Are you planning to SID? If so, you can roll the quilt in half and work at one half at a time. Don't let it pull off the table or the stitches will be wonky. Don't forget to take breaks and just have fun with it. Rome wasn't built in a day.....

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    Just sent you a PM, Crystal. :O)

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    I've quilted about 5 queen size quilts on a sewing machine.
    I can give some tips, but the most helpful one is that experience will improve each quilt you do. It might be easier to machine quilt a baby or lap quilt for your first experience.

    My tips are to pin baste, which looks like you've already done. I pin baste by putting the three layers, quilt top, batting, and backing on a queen bed and sticking safety pins
    all the way through to the mattress. After the quilt is literally stab pinned to the bed I take each safety pin and close it. This method meant less shifting of layers for me and the pins make it secure when I quilt on my sewing machine. Yes,
    I can imagine this sounds so unorthodox to other quilters..but it works for me.

    You can fold or roll the sides of the quilt so that it handles somewhat easier I prefer to fold both sids, leaving the middle of the quilt open to begin quilting.

    Also, I quilt from the center of the quilt out, kind of like quilting pie slices from the center, start from a new section always from the center out.

    I have quilted with stitch in the ditch, but prefer free motion quilting. If you want to free motion quilt, practice sketching on paper to get the feel, then on to some scraps of fabric with batting and backing. (You need some quilting gloves for quilting>it will also make it much easier.
    Sorry for the long post, but hope it helps.

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    Years ago I made the decision for myself to never again quilt a bed-sized quilt on my home machine. I had spent a a weekend pushing hard to complete one for an upcoming show. I then spent the next 6 weeks under chiropractic care and it cost me all the $$ I could have used to have the thing long-armed. :evil:

    For me, never again. Period.
    Jan in VA

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    I love the long reply - thank you! It sounds like I just need to reset my expectations for how slow this is, and that readjusting the bulk is a huge part of it. You guys are a great help. I will reply to the private messages shortly...going to try some of the advice for a little bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Years ago I made the decision for myself to never again quilt a bed-sized quilt on my home machine. I had spent a a weekend pushing hard to complete one for an upcoming show. I then spent the next 6 weeks under chiropractic care and it cost me all the $$ I could have used to have the thing long-armed. :evil:

    For me, never again. Period.
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    Jan - I'm sorry you had to go to chiropractic care but your story made me lol! Thank you for sharing! It seems like I may be going that route but I'm going to try to finish this one myself. I will take lots of breaks to avoid the chiro visit =)

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    Your quilt top looks beautiful! Do not give up. It can be very frustrating to quilt on a domestic machine. But with each quilt it brings a new experience. We expect perfection so often, but that takes a lot of practice and patience. If you continue to get really frustrated and upset, stop quilting for awhile; even try a different technique...like tying it. Have a friend come over and sit and talk with you. A friend of mine, could not stress enough...quilting is about having fun.

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    I have wanted to give up a few times but finishing a quilt feels so amazing. One thing that helps me too is having another project going and when I get too frustrated I put the one aside for awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapatt
    Before I got a machine quilting frame (and after pinning the layers together) I would use bicycle clips (something like this http://store.quilting-warehouse.com/notions-clips.html ) and roll each side towards the middle, but leaving enough space to quilt down the middle. When I finished one row, I would unroll one side a little bit and take up the difference on the other side so that I could quilt on the next row. I hope this helps.
    This is the way I did mine when I quilted large quilts on the machine. But now i use my longarm. You do have such a great feeling of accomplishment after you finish one, even with the difficult job on the machine. I would always feel underneath with one hand to make sure it was smooth. Hang in there- you can do it!

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    do you have the bicycle clips to keep it rolled up???

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    I also put pins no farther than hand-width apart and I have a large area of support (around & level with my machine bed) so there is no pulling from the weight of the quilt. Nor do I roll the quilt ... I bunch up and can then easily shove/pull/move??? quilt portions wherever they need to go. I have no room at this time for a long arm/frame; I have machine quilted several very large quilts. I try to always do SID first, then examine the quilt thoroughly front & back before I do more intricate stitching in the individual blocks or pieces. Important for me is to not overdo at one time; I don't allow myself to get tired; better to take many days to complete a quilt than to do myself an injury.

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    Like you, I attempted to do my very first bed size quilt by machine. I got the center block done and realized very quickly that I would ruin my beautiful top if I attempted any more by machine so I hand quilted it. Yes it took years to complete but it was worth it. Your top is so pretty, I would get a few more smaller quilts under my belt before attempting this, or you can do what I did and finish it up by hand. I love knowing how to handquilt as well as machine quilt.
    I highly recommend Harriett Hargrave's book "Heirloom Machine Quilting" for loads of tips and advice. Diane Gaudynski's book "Guide to Machine Quilting" is also great.
    To this day I will not machine quilt on my domestic. I got a LA.

    First quilt handquilted, that green LeMoyne star to the left of the basket is the lone MQ block
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crqltr
    One thing I do is roll the quilt so it fits well under the arm and put another table or your ironing board in front of your sewing machine table to help hold the weight so it won't drag on your needle. Maybe this would help a little. Don't give up!! It is such a great feeling to see a finished quilt !
    I do mine that way, too :D

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