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New to quilting with a gifted machine

Old 01-10-2019, 08:32 AM
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Hello everybody Iíve been sewing since I was a teen but only have done simple projects and have always had a brand new/cheapest machine. I recently have finally been able to finally start learning more about quilting and all the different patterns and such but Iím working with a sewing machine I inherited when my grandma passed away. Therefore I have no manual or knowledge of this style machine and to be honest it has way more bells and whistles than Iím accustomed to. So after hours of searching I came across this website and am hoping someone can help me learn more about my machine and if itís a decent machine to learn to quilt on. And to be completely honest Iím having second thoughts about quilting because Iím so overwhelmed by my lack of knowledge not only about quilting techniques but just my machine. And I canít afford to by a new machine but I desperately want to sew quilts for my loved ones, especially my first grandchild whoís due in mid April!!! So if anyone can help me with any information about a White Deluxe sewing machine precision built zigzag model 1717 and any honest opinions on if this machine will work for quilting. Thank you and I canít wait to hopefully be posting pictures of my first quilt!!!! I also tried to upload a picture of my machine but couldnít get it to work.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:45 AM
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For the last 20+ years I've been using a vintage machine older than I am -- and I ws born in 1960. My old Remington (it belonged to the grandma of a friend before me) does have a zigzag and that's about all it has -- except that it has a most wonderful straight stitch and is easy for me to maintain. While it is nice to have the extra stuff, we don't need it and most of us learn to use what we have. It was entirely adequate for piecing and I even did simple grid quilting of a king sized quilt on it even!

This past November I was gifted with a lovely modern machine with the bells and whistles. I have vision issues and I must admit that the new machine will let me sew for a few more years. The automatic threader is wonderful as is the amount of light it has. It is much easier to do the quilting (as opposed to the piecing), the big thing is that it has a 12" deep throat instead of the 6-7 inches I'm used to. But from time to time I just want to do things that it doesn't want me to do, like today I want to make some stencils by stitching through paper with no thread and I think it's just going to be easier to pull out one of my vintage machines than figure out how to get around the fool-safes.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:29 AM
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There are many who prefer vintage machines rather than the newer ones. All you really need is a good straight stitch and an accurate 1/4-inch seam. Do a google search for a manual. Many are available online. Start small and simple and ask here for advice. We were all beginners at one time and are happy to help. I look forward to seeing your first quilts.

P.S. Check out the Missouri Star videos on YouTube. You’ll find lots of help and inspiration there.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:06 AM
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Youíve hit it on the head for me because itís an easy machine to clean and fix but I am having a few issues that I canít figure out and the only thing left for me to do is figure out what some of these knob/levers do and to play around with the different settings. I did find a place online to download the manual to it but just canít afford it at the moment. So I figure my time is free and overall Iíll have a better understanding of how things work if I have hands on experience. Iím so glad to hear that I donít ďneedĒ a fancy machine even though it would be nicer for some aspects.
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For the last 20+ years I've been using a vintage machine older than I am -- and I ws born in 1960. My old Remington (it belonged to the grandma of a friend before me) does have a zigzag and that's about all it has -- except that it has a most wonderful straight stitch and is easy for me to maintain. While it is nice to have the extra stuff, we don't need it and most of us learn to use what we have. It was entirely adequate for piecing and I even did simple grid quilting of a king sized quilt on it even!

This past November I was gifted with a lovely modern machine with the bells and whistles. I have vision issues and I must admit that the new machine will let me sew for a few more years. The automatic threader is wonderful as is the amount of light it has. It is much easier to do the quilting (as opposed to the piecing), the big thing is that it has a 12" deep throat instead of the 6-7 inches I'm used to. But from time to time I just want to do things that it doesn't want me to do, like today I want to make some stencils by stitching through paper with no thread and I think it's just going to be easier to pull out one of my vintage machines than figure out how to get around the fool-safes.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:15 AM
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Thank you for the support and am doing exactly what you recommend and have found a wealth of videos on YouTube already. One thing I’m realizing already is that I need to slow down and take my time when I’m cutting my fabric cause I see how important that is compared to the types of projects I’ve worked on in the past. I found my manual as well just have to wait for payday cause I already spent my fun money for the month on fabric. With that being said do you have any recommendations for good fabric websites because where I live the only fabric store I have access physically to is Wal-Mart and their selection isn’t the greatest?
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[QUOTE=quiltsRfun;8190094]There are many who prefer vintage machines rather than the newer ones. All you really need is a good straight stitch and an accurate 1/4-inch seam. Do a google search for a manual. Many are available online. Start small and simple and ask here for advice. We were all beginners at one time and are happy to help. I look forward to seeing your first quilts.

P.S. Check out the Missouri Star videos on YouTube. You’ll find lots of help and inspiration there.[/QUOTE. I must apologize I’m new to this type of conversation format and I wrote a response to your post but did it wrong so if you check the thread there’s a message in response. I’m learning all kinds of new things today and my teenage girls think it’s so funny that I can’t figure out how to use this but I can fix just about anything else.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:55 AM
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Most devices that take photo make files too large for this forum. so if you can shrink them you could post your pics. I am guessing your White may be what is often called a "dashboard" machine since in has lots of knobs nd levers that look like htey belling in a 50s car dash. Do you know what county made your White? And welcome aboard.

Yes, careful cutting is essential.
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Sometimes, there is a demo on youtube.com for sewing machines. It's common that sellers on Ebay make a video of the machine that they have for sale. So, I'd look there. Just go to youtube.com and put White 1717 sewing machine in the search box.

I've bought fabric at estate sales, thrift stores, Walmart, Quilt stores and online stores. I agree with Cari, though. Don't look to build a stash. I ran into a huge estate sale right after I started quilting. I was still working then, so bought a bunch of fabric there for about $75.00. Three years or so later, I still have most all of it. I've donated some, but used very little of it for my quilts.

My suggestion is to find a pattern that you like for your grandchild. You can look for something you like on Google images. I usually search for something like "baby quilt pattern". I usually add -pinterest as I don't care for pinterest. Look for something simple. By that, I mean, not too many little pieces, no curved pieces and no triangles. Or, you can get a quilt book from the local library. Also, quilting magazines have patterns in them. The pattern will tell you how much fabric you will need, how to cut the pieces and then how to assemble the quilt.

The first quilt I made was a "disappearing 9 patch". It was fairly easy and I was pleased. The ladies on the quilting forum at Houzz were spectacular for help. It's a much smaller group and they love to help. The ladies, my local quit shop and youtube got me through the first quilt. Anything you want to know about quilting is on youtube. From cutting your pieces to squaring up your quilt - it's there.

Good luck.

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You definitely came to the right place. The members of this board are fabulous! If there is a single bit of advice I could give, it would be to never hesitate about posting a question here, no matter how basic or silly you might think it is. The advice and encouragement the members of this board freely give is absolutely amazing. And post pictures of your work--we love to see!
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Welcome to quilting. One thing I always tell people when they look at one of my quilts and comment that they could never make one, I always tell them why not, I'm always sewing a straight line.
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