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Thread: PVC Embroidery/Quilt support frame

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    PVC Embroidery/Quilt support frame

    Was going to have my son-in-law make me something out of wood, then saw a picture of what looked to be a pvc supporter for quilting/embroidery...so my daughter and I went PVC wild and made this sturdy frame that fits around my 6 foot by 30 inch sewing table! The whole deal cost $49, and that includes $11 for a pvc cutting tool! Woot Woot! Breaks down in minutes and seems to be holding my quilts just great! Thanks for looking!
    Ingredients:
    1. 5 lengths of 10 foot pvc40 pe piping (a heavier grade---sturdy)
    Cut: 4 @ 5 feet, 4 @ 31 inches, 2 @ 44 inches (this is based on MY 30 inch wide table) 2. 4 of 90 degree couplers
    3. 4 of 90 degree couplers with outlet---basically a 3 outlet coupler
    4. Bought an assorted size 22 pack of clamps from Lowes...some too hard for me to clamp, so picked size that worked
    And one great PVC cutter tool for $11! woo hoo!

    Used shower curtain rings attached to long strips of canvas I sewed.

    Any questions I'd be happy to answer!
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    WoW! That is so cool!!.... I've been seeing a lot of questions and answers about ways to hold up your quilt so you can FMQ a little easier. This looks like a fantastic solution. I'm going to have to bookmark this one. Thanks so much.
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    Girl!!! You're my HERO!!!! That's great!!!Thanks for posting.

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    I'm on my way to Lowes! Thank you!

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    You have an excellent set up, now you will not have to use so much strength to fmq ...

    Judy in Phx, AZ

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    Ingenious!!
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    PVC is almost as versitile as duct tape! Waiting for the day when it comes in prints/colors! You and dd did a great construction job!!!!!!

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    I think that the picture you are referring to the Jennoops Quilt Suspenders. I have ordered one. But I like your idea of making one that will support the quilt back and side, especially for queen and king sized quilts which can be very bulky and heavy. Did you use 1" schedule 40 pipe? I have tons of it and the fittings purchased for another project.
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    Hummm... I think I will retro-fit the PVC quilting frame ( used 1x) that I keep tripping over. Kate Henry, I like the way you think!

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    Looks great. I want to add it to DH Honey Do List. Thank you forosting.

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    Well, duh! I have my target (9mm) stands made from PVC, but never thought of using it to suspend the weight of my Q's. Now that I've smacked my forehead, I'm making another shopping list. You've inspired a bunch of us to get busy. Good onya.

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    Very smart idea!

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    I can see this working for me too! thanks for the info!

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    Just awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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    Truly innovative. Thanks for visual on the construction.

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    I mentioned this setup to hubby and I think he is going to make me one. He made the most wonderful movable above ground sprinkler system for me long ago with pvc when we rented a house. I think he would be fast at making this for me if I could just figure out a better placement for my sewing desk. It backs up to two walls in a corner now and this would not work. I need to get my thinking cap on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    I think that the picture you are referring to the Jennoops Quilt Suspenders. I have ordered one. But I like your idea of making one that will support the quilt back and side, especially for queen and king sized quilts which can be very bulky and heavy. Did you use 1" schedule 40 pipe? I have tons of it and the fittings purchased for another project.
    I ordered the Jennoops too but seeing these pictures I see how easy it would be to make a few changes on the original--I like the idea of a rod to the left to hold the side quilt--I don't like the frame behind the table or to the right--I want my table against the wall. I also like the clamps sewn to the end of the straps. The rings might be nice but not sure I'd want something that slid around easily. Things to think about.

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    I love it!!! Great solution...ingenious.

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    Yes Caroline, we used 1 inch pvc piping...but be sure to check that it is the thicker version...some 1 inch are flimsier...

    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    I think that the picture you are referring to the Jennoops Quilt Suspenders. I have ordered one. But I like your idea of making one that will support the quilt back and side, especially for queen and king sized quilts which can be very bulky and heavy. Did you use 1" schedule 40 pipe? I have tons of it and the fittings purchased for another project.
    Dejahg
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    You are a genius. Did you glue it or is it so that you can take it down?
    Just started today quilting my 2nd ever quilt to make. Decided to quilt it on the sewing machine instead of by hand. This would be perfect if only I had room for it. Right now I am set up in the Great Room on a table with chairs around. Your idea is terrific and if I keep going on this, I will have to get some pvc.
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    Ingenious!!!!

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    What a great idea...Thanks for sharing...

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    Didn't glue it Momo...so we can take it down...works great!
    Quote Originally Posted by Momo View Post
    You are a genius. Did you glue it or is it so that you can take it down?
    Just started today quilting my 2nd ever quilt to make. Decided to quilt it on the sewing machine instead of by hand. This would be perfect if only I had room for it. Right now I am set up in the Great Room on a table with chairs around. Your idea is terrific and if I keep going on this, I will have to get some pvc.
    Dejahg
    Co Spgs, CO

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    This is such a great idea for quilting larger quilts on a domestic machine. I also like the fact that it can be easily dismantle and that it is not that expensive ..... and it actually works!!! Love it and thanks for the posting.

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    Thanks. I showed the picture to DH and that started his thinking wheels to make one. Since I don't have the space I told him not to proceed, but now that I know it doesn't have to be glued!!! New story.
    DH used to install pvc pipe in his line of work so his mind is glued (pun intended) to how he did it then. Super idea. Many blessings to the QBoard ladies.
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