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Thread: Your Thoughts on the Flynn Quilting Frame System

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    Super Member Theresa's Avatar
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    Am considering purchasing this system for quilting. Has anyone tried it? Was it all you had hoped?

    Thank you for taking the time to respond.

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    I have one of the original Flynn frames and I like it alot.

    It does a good job you are just limited to the area you can move depending on the throat size of your machine.

    If you can't afford a longarm I think this is a great substitute.

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    Personally, I wouldn't bother. In pictures they always show it with a very narrow quilt on the frame which makes it look so easy to use. Now picture trying to work with a great big king sized quilt on such a set up and I think you might be asking for a great lesson in frustration. If all you do are small quilts then it may work. I'm probably biased though since I have a long arm and frame but I did reject this frame initially for the reason I listed above. JMHO.

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    From all of the posts I have read, people either love it or hate it.

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    If you do a search on this board for Flynn Quilt Frame you will find a lot of differing opinions. I think it really depends on the person. It seems to have its own learning curve and of course, practice is essential. I have seen some lovely quilts done with it. Of course, John Flynn does remarkable things with it but just think of the practice he has had!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose L
    Personally, I wouldn't bother. In pictures they always show it with a very narrow quilt on the frame which makes it look so easy to use. Now picture trying to work with a great big king sized quilt on such a set up and I think you might be asking for a great lesson in frustration. If all you do are small quilts then it may work. I'm probably biased though since I have a long arm and frame but I did reject this frame initially for the reason I listed above. JMHO.
    My understanding is that it will only quilt up to a 45" width. This can include a lot of things from table runners, toppers, wall hangings, etc.

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    I have it. I like it a lot. I watched John Flynn use it for and explain all about how to use it, watched beginners sit down and use it and I tried it before buying. I put my machine in the middle of a folding table.

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    When I first started quilting I thought this would be something I could do, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it'd just get sold in my next garage sale.

    I'm holding out for the Avante' .... and maybe in a few years I'll buy it, but right now it doesn't feel right..

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    i, too, thought about it. but i settled on a frame with a mid arm

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    I had one of the original ones...and barely used it...thought it was too limiting and for me hard to use, so I sold it.

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    I have one, haven't used it since I purchased a long arm. I used it for hand quilting. Loved it, you can easily put it away, standing it up in a closet. You can purchase any length of 2 X 2's for my set up, so king to table runner.
    Easy to use.
    maybe I should sell mine....

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    You can load any size quilt on it. You have to buy the 2x2's to make it the length you want. But then you'll need a table to support all that length & weight not to mention to strength to push it around while quilting. I think it is a good thing for smaller quilts--maybe up to full size. It solves the problem of basting and constantly adjusting the "puddle" under the needle and it is much more portable/storable than a normal machine quilting frame.

    I considered it before buying my first setup but I was all ready having trouble with my neck & shoulders and knew it wasn't going to help that problem. I still love to watch him use it at the quilt shows however.

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    it is like everything else...you either love it or hate it...did you do a "search" up top to see the millions of other threads posted on this topic??

    If you get a chance to test drive that is the ONLY way you will know if it is for you...

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    I have watched his video, and it looks easy enough. I even had DH build one similar, but never got around to using it. Like someone else said, it would be fine for smaller quilts, but anything over twin size would be nearly impossible on this type of system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    it is like everything else...you either love it or hate it...did you do a "search" up top to see the millions of other threads posted on this topic??

    If you get a chance to test drive that is the ONLY way you will know if it is for you...
    I'll do a search for more information. (Funny, never noticed this kind of topic before!) Thanks every one for your thoughts.

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    I bought one years ago at the Dallas Quilt Show. It's still behind the door of my sewing room :-(

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    If someone wants to sell their frame, please contact me!

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    I have the Flynn Frame system. There are pros and cons to it. For quilting wall hangings, table runners and and smaller projects, it does the job fairly easily. The amount of space you can quilt in is limited by the amount of throat space you have on your machine. As far as quilting larger sized quilts, it can be done by buying longer poles to fit between the end pieces of the frames. However, as you finish areas that you have quilted, and roll the quilt to advance to the next area to quilt, you are taking up throat space. I think this frame would work better with a mid-arm machine.

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    I have one of the original-never used I will sell you for $25 plus shipping!

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    Yes, I do like it. I found it to be very light and easy to move. You have to prepare the frame, but DH helped with that.

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    Have one it is in thr closet don't use it. Don't like it
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    Quote Originally Posted by sblancarte View Post
    I have one of the original-never used I will sell you for $25 plus shipping!
    What is the difference between the original and the one on his website? Sounds like a good deal, I'm just wondering what "improvements" have been made!

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