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Old 08-20-2017, 11:53 AM
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I have the same setup. I found the Janome too heavy to work well so got a Juki. I have lots of trouble with tension. I read that you need to be sure it is exactly level and I am trying. I also saw a tutorial where they "floated the top as well as the battng" (did not roll the bottom). I am going to try that. Thanks for starting this discussion.
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:17 PM
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:49 PM
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I have a Janome 6500, for about 13 yrs, and a longarm Innova 26 in. Having a regular machine on the frame would leave a very small opening. Have you considered dropping the feed dogs or if you already did NOT dropping the feed dogs? I have done many quilts on the Janome 6500 and still do small quilts but only as a sit down machine, not on a frame because I felt the opening would be way too small. I found quilting with the feed dogs UP worked better then with them down. Also use a 90/14 top stitch needle, https://www.walmart.com/ip/Schmetz-T...&wl13=&veh=sem and thread like Aurafil. Also be sure not to outrun the machine or jerk it.

Please feel free to pm me. I find the Janome 6500 a bit of a thread snob and I went through a learning curve with using it for quilting. I used it exclusively for piecing and sit down quilting for nearly 10 yrs. I did many very large quilts on it like 10 ft x 10 ft. Yes, that is feet. They were all done in sit down mode, not on frame, but I think your issues might be more the machine then the frame.

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Old 08-21-2017, 04:26 AM
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Quilter 53 - you are right; I have a handi quilter frame (that I'd LOVE to get rid of;sell). I had that same issue; once you roll it up you really can't do anything but straight line stitching as there is no place to 'move' the machine. No room. A total waste of $500.00. Made me sad. Still in the original box!
Love my longarm though.
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Old 08-21-2017, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
i used to use the Juki on a frame. yes, the max space at the end is only 4-5". so you have to get creative with the designs in the block. i used to do the bottom 2 corners, then the middle, then the top 2 corners [or the other direction]. it took more time, but definitely worked.
I had a Juki also on a frame. You do have to be careful as you don't have much room. I kept bumping up to the sides. Maybe that's why I got so good at good old meandering because that's about all I coukd do without getting frustrated. I have a sweet 16 now.
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Old 08-21-2017, 05:07 AM
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I used to mount a Janome1600P on a New Joy frame, which worked with crib size quilts. Last year I bought a Janome Artistic Design sit-down quilting machine with 18" of quilting space. It came with a table large enough to hold a king-size quilt. It works great; wish I had bought one sooner. I still have some of my quilts done by a professional quilter who uses a Gammill, but for all the charity quilts I make I use the Artistic Design quilter.
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Old 08-21-2017, 05:14 AM
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Has anyone used the John Flynn system? Also, stretching the DM would be very interesting.
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Old 08-21-2017, 05:53 AM
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Originally Posted by cindyb View Post
Has anyone used the John Flynn system? Also, stretching the DM would be very interesting.
I've been wondering about that too!
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Old 08-21-2017, 06:03 AM
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We have had a lot of discussions on the John Flynn frame. Try the search function.
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:42 AM
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The John Flynn frame is a pain to use, too much juggling. My friend had one and she tried to convince me that I needed to buy it from her. She didn't like it.

I quilt my own quilts with domestic machines. The one I use the most is a Pfaff 4.2 with a 10" throat space(when she's not being a drama queen), Pfaff 1222e and Bernina 1031.

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