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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.

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Discussion Forum

Speed on my sewing machine.....question

Started by Jo Guthridge. Last reply by J.S. Oct 8, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a kenmore machine that has worked pretty well learning my machine quilting. My question is for some reason I can not get it to go slow like it did before. The speed is controlled by the foot…Continue

Janome 3160

Started by Gail Tesson. Last reply by Ali Stanley Jul 15, 2016. 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, 2016. 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

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Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on March 2, 2017 at 7:19am
Greetings All!..love the new quilt..so pretty..I can't see the traveling stitches either..love the feathers!!..I can never get enough of those!
Comment by Ali Stanley on February 27, 2017 at 4:44pm

Beautiful quilt, Cat Lady.  I agree about the traveling stitching.  Washing and drying the quilt not only softens it up nicely, but also covers a lot of the small areas of quilting that we quilters often consider imperfect.  We are often our own worst critics, I think.  Who wouldn't love being gifted with a quilt like this?

Comment by Janet/MO on February 27, 2017 at 7:37am

That is a really pretty quilt.  I printed off those patterns from Sindy's site many years ago, but never got around to actually making them.  I will have to keep in mind about the washing as I am one of those people who commented on the difficulty to backtrack on top of an existing line.  I also have found that a quilt with a lot of quilting is less apt to show things like that.

Comment by Debbi Lamb/AZ on February 27, 2017 at 4:41am

Cat Lady - your quilt is beautiful! I cannot see the "travel stitches" at all. The feathers are stunning!

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on February 26, 2017 at 3:54pm

A few months back (in August 2016) there was a discussion in this group about backtracking (sewing back over a previous line of stitching) or travel stitching while machine quilting.  From the number of comments made here at the time, I got the impression that many thought the need to do that was not an acceptable process.  I was hesitant to comment at the time, as many of the designs I like to do often require travel stitching, or sewing over (or as nearly over as possible) a previous line of stitching. 

I will admit, that sometimes when the quilt is fresh off of the machine, those stitches may be more pronounced, but I find once the quilt is laundered, I find it hard to see my over-stitching and even my "near but missed the mark" stitches.

This is one of the quilts I recently finished quilting.  It is quilted with a lot of feathers not only in the beige border, but as filler in many of the background sections of the individual blocks. When I make feathers, I do a lot of travel stitches.

I call this "Chocolate Covered Cherries (Stars)".  It is made from the pattern "Chocolate Stars" by Sindy Rodenmayer (Fat Cat Patterns), and was a BOM featured in The Quilt Pattern Magazine.

The batting used was Hobbs Heirloom® Premium 80/20 Bleached cotton Blend.

The quilt has crinkled and softened up nicely after washing and drying.  One really has to look hard, and pull the crinkles apart to see any of those double or triple or more lines of over-stitching.

Comment by Ali Stanley on February 24, 2017 at 11:53am

Hello, Deborah.  Welcome to the group!  I've played around with the ruler quilting a bit, but I'm thrifty (synonym for cheapskate) and haven't invested this month's retirement check in all the equipment.  I have a Janome Horizon 8200QC, and one of the toes for the quilting foot set is very similar to the one sold specifically for ruler quilting...it's just not as thick in height as the specialty foot.  I took an old 6.5" x 24" quilting ruler and cut off about the last three inches to make a 3" x 6.5" piece of acrylic.  Then I cut off another piece the same size and sandwiched the two together to create one thick piece to use as a guide for straight lines.  To cut the acrylic quilting ruler, just score it well where you want it to break, (as you would in cutting ceramic tile), and hit it on the edge of a table to break it off along the scored edge.  For curved designs, I've tried lids from margarine tubs and whipped topping.  I'm always looking for things that might work for guides in different shapes. There are a few YouTube videos available demonstrating ruler quilting so you can get the general idea on how it's done.  I downloaded one of the Craftsy classes; it doesn't stream well for me, but I've gotten the gist of it.  It's kind of fun, and one of these days I might invest in the actual rulers.   

Comment by Janet/MO on February 24, 2017 at 6:14am

Deborah, I have been interested in learning about ruler quilting using my Pfaff too.  Craftsy.com has 2 classes on them, but the rulers themselves are very expensive, plus you need to buy a new shank for your machine, so I have resisted signing up. 

Comment by Debbi Lamb/AZ on February 24, 2017 at 5:16am

Hi Deborah ... and welcome to this great group! 

Comment by Deborah Greener on February 23, 2017 at 5:12pm
Thanks for the welcome, Janet. I am very pleased to have found this group. I live on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of NC so am pretty isolated, although we have a small quilting group here. Much of my 20+ years of quilting has been spent doing hand piecing and quilting, but I have recently started to FMQ and WFQ on my Bernina 180. Would love to learn what the experiences any of the group have had with ruler quilting?8
Comment by Janet/MO on February 23, 2017 at 3:39pm

Judy, please let me know how you like the metal foot.  They are a bit pricey (over $40), but so worth it. 


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