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Thread: Started practicing on my Juki & frame

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    Super Member Debbie B's Avatar
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    I posted a couple of days ago that I bought a Juki & frame off craigslist and would post some pictures when I got it all set up. My room is only 10' 6" x 12' and it takes up 1/2 my room, but I love it. I think I probably have every nook & corner filled. I put some furniture sliders under it so I can push it back against the wall if not in use. I put some fabric on that I knew I'd never use & started practicing this afternoon. It sews like a dream. I do need lots of practice to control my stitches, but I think I'm really going to like it. Thanks to everyone for the advise...really helped.
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    Looks like tons of fun! What frame is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Looks like tons of fun! What frame is that?
    It's the little Gracie II frame with a Juki Tl 98 Q. It will take up to a queen size quilt, but not king. I would not have been able to fit a frame that does a king in my room. So far, it has been tons of fun! I'm going to have to get busy & make a quilt or table runner to quilt.

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    It looks good and good luck. I could never do that.

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    Looks great! Maybe someone else with this frame can advise you but I was told to put the side clamps only on the backing fabric, not the batting or top. Your frame might be different, but you may want to check.

    Looks like you're going to have fun!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Looks great! Maybe someone else with this frame can advise you but I was told to put the side clamps only on the backing fabric, not the batting or top. Your frame might be different, but you may want to check.

    Looks like you're going to have fun!!!
    Thank you for noticing that. I'm new to this and appreciate all the advise I can get. Will go change it right now.

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    I like the slider idea! I have never even thought of that but it makes perfect sense. ~Thank You!

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    I am so jealous!!!! Enjoy!

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    Congrats! Don't forget to oil it often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Looks great! Maybe someone else with this frame can advise you but I was told to put the side clamps only on the backing fabric, not the batting or top. Your frame might be different, but you may want to check.

    Looks like you're going to have fun!!!
    Princess is half right...don't apply the side tension to the top. However, DO use it on the backing AND batting, but before you apply side tension at all, you should stabilize the three layers together. Should you apply the side tension now, without having the sides sewn together, you will be pulling the backing fabric taught, while no tension is on the top fabric. The result will be a really wonky quilt. "Stabilizing" is merely sewing or basting the layers, so that they don't shift separately. Did that make sense?

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    I recommend you buy the upgraded carriage. I had the wooden carriage like you have and it was put together really well, but still wobbled. I upgraded to the new metal carriage and the difference was like night and day. I do love this combination, though!

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    Congrats and have a lot of fun

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    Looks like my Juki TL98 QE. LUCKKY YOU.

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    Wow, looks like you're having fun now!

    How does the speed control work on your frame? I see the foot control up above the machine and seem to remember seeing some kind of mechanical lever to control it, maybe? Or do you have a stitch regulator?

    I have a Juki and a hand-me-down Handi Quilter II frame I've been trying to learn to use but can't get past controlling the stitching speed. It has a dial for speed control on one of the handles, but I can't seem to get coordinated to start the stitching and get the machine moving together. I've been doing fine using the push through method of FMQ, but would really like to get going with a frame...

    Thanks,
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    Congrats!! You are going to have a blast quilting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwendyg
    Wow, looks like you're having fun now!

    How does the speed control work on your frame? I see the foot control up above the machine and seem to remember seeing some kind of mechanical lever to control it, maybe? Or do you have a stitch regulator?

    I have a Juki and a hand-me-down Handi Quilter II frame I've been trying to learn to use but can't get past controlling the stitching speed. It has a dial for speed control on one of the handles, but I can't seem to get coordinated to start the stitching and get the machine moving together. I've been doing fine using the push through method of FMQ, but would really like to get going with a frame...

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    Wendy
    Wendy, it does have a hand lever that controls the foot pedal, but it did come with a speed control that will bypass the need for the foot pedal. I have not gotten that put on it, yet. I think that I'll probably like the speed control more than the lever since it is just pushing a button. I would like to get a stitch regulator, but they are so expensive that it will have to wait for now.

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    Good Luck

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