Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 119

Thread: Are you a SHORT ARM quilter? If so let's talk!

  1. #1
    Super Member nygal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    5,649

    Are you a SHORT ARM quilter? If so let's talk!

    I recently bought the Brother Nouvelle 1500's quilting machine and also a quilt frame and have been practicing for the past two weeks machine quilting. I can tell this machine does a lot more stitches per minute than my every day machine does. I am still awkward with the foot pedal and the speed but when I do get in the "zone" the stitches come out great!!

    Here is my system...

    Name:  DSC01753.JPG
Views: 6782
Size:  863.4 KB

    Tell me about how you enjoy machine quilting on a short arm and if you have any "tips" to share.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

  2. #2
    Super Member chairjogger's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    My favorite place in the world is Lake Erie Region USA
    Posts
    2,751
    Blog Entries
    2
    Never knew this existed! I do short arm quilting, my own arms with fingers! Thanks for the post! Now i have learned something!
    Sometimes you just have to sit in a chair and jog in order to get anywhere.
    Ell

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    563
    Blog Entries
    1
    ny gal-
    this is the ken lund frame...correct? can you tell us about it???? what do you like/don't like. a nd on your machine--how big is the throat??

    thanks!

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    norwich, ct
    Posts
    9
    Learned something today! Didn't know about short arm quilting, can anyone tell me more about it? I have a Babylock Quest Plus, does anyone use this machine for short arm quilting? I'd love some help with this question, I hope it isn't a stupid question, but like I said, this is new info for me. Thanx!

  5. #5
    Super Member JNCT14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    CT New Haven County
    Posts
    1,495
    I have a Baby Lok Quilter's Pro but no frame. I puddle the quilts for FMQ which works for everything except king size. For that I am going to try the 3 panel method and see if that works.

    I find that the difference in FMG between a mid arm machine vs a traditinal swing machine is HUGE. It is much easier, stitches are much more even, the cutting featureis a godsend and of course it is a lot faster. I really debate the frame thing - not sure if its worth the effort by the time you get the derned thing on the frame, then have to mess with the machine to quilt in little increments... feedback???

  6. #6
    Super Member pollyjvan9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Posts
    3,026
    Blog Entries
    1
    A few years ago I bought a Little Gracie Quilt Frame and a Juki TL98Q. I set it up in my sewing room and did several quilts on it. Really enjoyed quilting on it a lot. But after a few months I got really tired of having so much of my den taken up by the frame. This room is also used for family gatherings, etc., so I moved it out to my storage building with the intentions of setting it up out there. Unfortunately, that never happened. It is still out there covered with dust and probably a million spiders. I still quilt all my quilts but I do the FMQ on the regular sewing table. As long as I don't do king size quilts I am okay with this set-up. Have fun with your new machine and frame.

  7. #7
    Super Member alleyoop1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    1,347
    I bought a Bernina Quilt Frame about 18 months ago. I have a Bernina 440 (which is about the same size as your machine) So far I've quilted 3 bed size quilts and a baby quilt on it. I really enjoy doing quilts on my frame.
    I would love to have more quilting room because I only have about 4 1/2" to quilt - but some day maybe I'll get a long arm!!! As you said, you get into the zone.

  8. #8
    Super Member LindaR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    2,943
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have the grace frame with a juki 98Q that I quilt with....I found some HQ handles on ebay and my DH mounted them on the front of the frame so I don't have to use a foot pedal....speed on one side and off/on on the right. they work really well. hope you can see in the picture...didn't take quilt off the machine LOL
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Retired and living in NE Michigan

  9. #9
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,223
    I have a Baby Lock Jane on a frame and it is mostly just sitting there taking up too much room.
    The space to quilt on is so small that even a lap quilt is too big.
    My table is an Imperial with very large rods that take up way to much room on my 9 inch throat.
    The strait stitch machine has a complicated threading and a under the machine bobbin so have to move the machine to the far end of the table to change the bobbin and to rethread.
    I do have a stitch regulator which costs $500 but it is wonderful.
    Tried to do pantos but needle kept getting caught on edge of quilt since you cannot see the edge from behind the machine.
    From the front of the machine quilting is much better but need to do free motion or marking a quilt pattern.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  10. #10
    Senior Member FURBALLS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    southeast Idaho
    Posts
    400
    I did not know that there was a short arm machine. My version was my domestic machine. I have done several quilts on it. I just finished a king size for my one SIL and am now working on the other for my other SIL. I use hobbs 80/20 batting. Both are FMQ'd. Wish I had one like yours, would sure make it faster.

  11. #11
    Senior Member sew4nin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    St. Charles, MO
    Posts
    306
    I have almost the same set up (minus the handles). I have cruise control and I keep the handle with the on/off switch attached to the wooden handle where I can reach it with my thumb.I inherited it from a friend who was upgrading to a Tin Lizzie. I love it. I have had it for about 4 years and have lost track of how many quilts I have done on it. I have it set up in my sewing room permanently. If I had to take it out and put it away each time, I probably wouldn't use it as much. I have forgotten how much quilting space I have with it - I think it is about 7"?
    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR View Post
    I have the grace frame with a juki 98Q that I quilt with....I found some HQ handles on ebay and my DH mounted them on the front of the frame so I don't have to use a foot pedal....speed on one side and off/on on the right. they work really well. hope you can see in the picture...didn't take quilt off the machine LOL

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    2,866
    I have a Grace frame & use one of my domestic machines. I wish I had something with a larger throat. But......
    LindaR: can you (or anyone else) tell me more about those HQ handles? Can you put them on any machine, etc? Thanks for any info on this.
    Maureen

  13. #13
    jme
    jme is offline
    Senior Member jme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    DFW Texas
    Posts
    806
    Quote Originally Posted by chairjogger View Post
    Never knew this existed! I do short arm quilting, my own arms with fingers! Thanks for the post! Now i have learned something!
    I didn't know about this either! You learn something new everyday but on here sometimes I learn 2 or 3 new things LOL ! THanks
    JME

    Fabric makes me happy!

  14. #14
    Super Member nygal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    5,649
    Well ladies, I am new to machine quilting. So I am still learning. This is the machine I recently purchased from Allbrands.com. You can read all about it. It is a very sturdy machine andI can tell it stitches a LOT faster than my every day machine. This one stitches up to 1,500 sts. per mnute. So far so good!!

    http://www.allbrands.com/categories/...ine-599-dollar

    I did buy the frame from Ken. But over the weekend my husband changed out the wheels that are under the machine part. We put on four caster roller wheels and it is now making swirls and circles much better.

    Here is the thread all about how Prissnboot changed out her wheels and I followed her lead!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...e-t195959.html

    This was my practice panel...

    Name:  DSC01754.JPG
Views: 3423
Size:  847.3 KBI am done with it and am currently stitches on a solid blue fabric and using white thread so I can see my stitches.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

  15. #15
    Super Member ontheriver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Selma Alabama
    Posts
    3,670
    I have the Viking Mega quilter on a homemade frame and I love it. I have quilted 6 lap quilts in the last two days. Of course I don't do real fancy designs, just pantos. It doesn't take me very long to load a quilt on it. The only thing I don't like now is the small amount of quilting area. I am saving for a long arm, but for now this works for me.
    Jeanann

    Theres nothing wrong with me a little chocolate won't fix.

  16. #16
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    28,367
    I just use either my Juki TL98QE or Babylock Jane, Both have 9" throats, and are Straight stitch only. I can quilt up to a queen size or a little bigger quilt on it. Both make a good stitch. I have no room for a frame of any kind. Enjoy.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

  17. #17
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,067
    I have a Handi Quilter frame made for a domestic machine from long long ago. It is set up on my cutting table with the poles removed. Never liked it or used it much.

  18. #18
    Super Member GEMRM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    South West Ontario
    Posts
    1,357
    I bought a (used) Little Gracie frame with a Janome 1600 PQC on it. Haven't had any time to do more than a little doodling on it, hope to get more time in the autumn. I think loading the quilt will be my biggest challenge!

  19. #19
    Super Member suebee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    4,080
    I have a Babylock Quilters Choice professional on a New Joy gold standard frame. Ive been quilting with it for 3years now. I think its so much easier when on a frame (as opposed to sandwiching and basting my hand). I have outgrown it however, and will be buying a longarm at end of year. Much more quilting space, YIPPIE!!!
    SUEB

  20. #20
    Senior Member Tashana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Long Island
    Posts
    798
    I have a Singer 5050 domestic sewing machine and I do FMQ on it without the frame. Since I am a beginner, my quilts are about 60" x 80" so not very large. I roll my quilts really tight and pray really hard . I was thinking about getting a frame, but its cost is prohibitive right now. My husband, who is very handy, found plans for a quilting frame on line and according to people who already made the frame it is really easy to assemble it and you can buy all the parts at Home Depot type of stores. The plans are not free, they are about $20 and the parts cost about $150. My hubby promissed to make one for me as soon as he finishes his current project of wiring our basement for my sewing room...yes, I am going to have permanent space! I will post pictures when he finishes the frame, until then I will be doing my "acrobatic" quilting on my dining room table.
    I've got a smile on my face, I've got four walls around me
    The sun in the sky, the water surrounds me
    I'll win now but sometimes I'll lose
    I've been battered, but I'll never bruise

  21. #21
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,223
    I think all strait stitch machines can be set up on a frame. You can also get a stitch regulator for them but they cost $500.
    It is the cheapest way to go but it has major drawbacks. Mostly the throat area is small so most quilting pantos etc wont work. I have a few that are small enough but did not like using them.
    If you do get this setup make sure to get a frame with the smallest rods you can get.
    Strait stitch machines are reasonable, check out the Brother 1500 it is the same as my Baby Lock Jane.
    My frame with the strait stitch cost me $1800.

  22. #22
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    107
    I have a Handiquilter11 frame that I purchased last summer, I am using my Kenmore sewing machine to perform wonders. The harp size is 7 1/2 inches. I have been using warm and natural batting which allows me more space to quilt as it wraps on the poles nice and neat. I have made many pantographs and rest my foot pedal on the back side of my machine along the tray and quilt away, I am the stitch and speed regulator. I have had the frame for one year now and have made 14 quilts on it. My quilts are mostly double- queen sized. Last week I decided to be brave and turn a quilt on the frame. Something I had not done before, no problem everything worked out very well. My only fear is that my 25 yr old domestic home machine will give up and I will have to retrain myself. I did not find any of my projects were problematic, I have used the poly fill and will again but I bought a huge amount of warm and natural, I lke the puffy feel of the polyfill so my next quilt I will return to it and at that stage will probably have to turn my larger quilts 1/2 way through so that I can quilt it in it's glory. I was very surprised that the learning curve was so short, and I had never free motion quilted before!!!

  23. #23
    Moderator kathy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    on the Texas Coast
    Posts
    4,050
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie View Post
    I have a Baby Lock Jane on a frame and it is mostly just sitting there taking up too much room.
    The space to quilt on is so small that even a lap quilt is too big.
    My table is an Imperial with very large rods that take up way to much room on my 9 inch throat.
    The strait stitch machine has a complicated threading and a under the machine bobbin so have to move the machine to the far end of the table to change the bobbin and to rethread.
    I do have a stitch regulator which costs $500 but it is wonderful.
    Tried to do pantos but needle kept getting caught on edge of quilt since you cannot see the edge from behind the machine.
    From the front of the machine quilting is much better but need to do free motion or marking a quilt pattern.
    if you baste down the sides about 1/8" from the edge that will keep you from getting your foot caught when doing pantos, saves me a lot of cussing!!!

  24. #24
    Senior Member MisDixie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Hay River NWT Canada
    Posts
    706
    I have a Juki on a super quilter frame with the handi handles. When I first started with it I kept hitting the cut button on the left handle. LOL 'the girls' kept getting hitting the button! Simple fix I unplugged the button. Glad it came with that option. I also have a Brother the same as yours. Love that machine.

  25. #25
    Super Member AshleyR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    1,099
    Blog Entries
    30
    I have a KenQuilt that is 11.5 inches on a 12 ft frame. I don't like using it on the frame and am trying to figure out a way to convert it back to a table top machine. As soon as I do, I'll offer a great deal on a short arm frame!!!!

    I did use it to baste a quilt so I could FMQ it on another machine. Loved it! It took almost 2 hours to get it on the frame, tho, so I'm thinking about investing in the Red Snappers and basting everything I own with it until I convert it. I guess I could still use it on the frame, I just have to push the foot pedal instead of the button LOL
    You can have any design you want. As long as it's loops!

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.