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Domestic (Home) Machine Quilters

This group is for people who quilt using their regular home machine to share their knowledge and/or ask for help to improve their skills.

Members: 220
Latest Activity: Sep 14

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Janome 3160

Started by Gail Tesson. Last reply by Ali Stanley Jul 15. 4 Replies

I'm thinking of buying a Janome 3160. Is it a good machine? Has anyone had problems with this model?Continue

Free motion vs. "In the ditch" quilting

Started by Quilt Man. Last reply by Janet/MO Apr 16. 46 Replies

Hey Y'all,Who prefers free motion quilting vs. in the ditch on your HSM? I prefer in the ditch just because it is easier to handle the massive quilt. I have done free motion on one quilt and it was a…Continue

What machine do you use for home quilting?

Started by AidaCJ/NH. Last reply by Janet/MO Dec 12, 2014. 20 Replies

I have a Janome 1600P which came with a New Joy frame.  It's fantastic for free motion quilting. However, I notice that when I do an upward stitch, the stitches skip, although the speed has been set…Continue

Tags: stitches, skipped, machine, sewing

What is your favorite thread?

Started by Char. Last reply by Ali Stanley Dec 10, 2014. 11 Replies

Do you use a special thread when machine quilting?

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Comment by Janet/MO on September 14, 2016 at 7:23am

Thanks Rachel & Debbi.

Comment by Debbi Lamb/AZ on September 14, 2016 at 6:14am

It's a done deal, Janet ... and I'll vote for your runner four more times!

Comment by Rachel Libby/VT on September 13, 2016 at 9:39pm

Janet, I voted for your runner today and will 4 more times.

Comment by Janet/MO on September 13, 2016 at 8:27pm

Thanks Ali and Kathy. 

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on September 13, 2016 at 8:07pm
Janet, I too voted for your runner..very pretty...
Comment by Ali Stanley on September 13, 2016 at 7:42pm

Done, Janet.  I tried to vote more than once for your runner, but it wouldn't let me (just in case anyone else had the same idea).  Very pretty table runner...nice job!

Comment by Janet/MO on September 13, 2016 at 3:57pm

I entered a tablerunner in to a contest sponsored by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy.  The voting opened today & ends on Sunday.  My entry is #43 and I would sure appreciate it if you would all take a minute to log on to www.nancyzieman.com/blog and vote for it.  Here is a pic of it:

Comment by Janet/MO on August 31, 2016 at 9:15pm

Thanks everyone.  Ali, you make some great points.  I too have found that quite often a quilt looks totally different once it is completely finished rather than just partially quilted.  No matter how gorgeous some quilts are, they still have mistakes as that is just human.  But when you stand back & look at them, usually you would be hard pressed to tell if one area is quilted a bit differently than another area. 

Thanks Cat Lady.  Several yrs ago I read that you should quilt circular type motifs on linear type quilts; however, I don't agree with that at all.  There are times when I really want the quilting to highlight the linear designs & the only way I have found to do that is to mirror the same lines. 

Comment by Ali Stanley on August 31, 2016 at 11:50am

It sounds like the UFO challenge is a good motivational idea, Janet.  I started out quilting with the idea that I wanted to do all the work on my quilts myself, so was strongly interested in learning free motion quilting.  So far, so good...I'm working on quilt #19 over the last three years.  The one lesson I've learned a couple times over is to not judge a quilt until it's quilted.  I've had several projects that I was disappointed in as far as fabric choices, but loved the quilt when it was finished.  Sometimes the quilting makes the quilt.  I just finished a queen-sized chain link pattern quilt that I saw done in 30's reproduction fabrics in a book on scrappy quilts.  I decided to do it in Connecting Threads Cottage Chic line, with a couple different shades of gray to prevent it from looking like an overgrown crib quilt.  I was a little dubious about it the entire time I was piecing it, but it turned out very nice and doesn't look at all like I thought it would.  It's just a nice summer quilt that looks like I should add English lace frilly curtains to the bedroom.  So don't give up even if you think you don't like the quilt.  Your work is beautiful, and I think you could make even a really homely quilt pretty.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on August 31, 2016 at 11:45am

Janet, you sure are doing a good job with your straight line quilting.


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