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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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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 Janet/MO on October 29, 2018 at 8:59am

I went to a quilt show in Springfield MO a few weeks ago.  I saw this cute little wallhanging so I bought a kit to make one.  It is 10" x 12" and is called Snow Buttons.  

Comment by Janet/MO on October 22, 2018 at 4:11pm

Probably not as well as they are not that long.  I was wondering the other day if it would work to tape 2 or 3 of them together.  Plus you would have to have a table or area long enough to lay the 3 layers flat.  Sadly I don't have that much empty space.  

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on October 22, 2018 at 2:26pm

Do the noodles work on a queen sized quilt?

Comment by Janet/MO on October 21, 2018 at 7:06am

My husband had a puzzled look on his face when I put the pool noodle in our shopping cart at Wal-Mart because we no longer have a pool in our backyard like we did when we lived in Las Vegas.  Then he was even more puzzled when I told him why I wanted to buy it.  He was really intrigued with how well it works to help baste a quilt once I showed him.  Now if I could only get him to do that part, I would be all set!  

Comment by Sherri Eley on October 20, 2018 at 7:45am

I have been using the pool noodle to sandwich my quilts for a couple of years now. That step was the one piece I hated about quilting.  Now I am able to clear off my large table the machine sits on and sandwich the quilt while sitting.  And I have a much smoother quilt back since I started using this method.  

Comment by Janet/MO on October 12, 2018 at 11:10am

Thanks PQ & Cat Lady.  PQ, I think it is neat that our moms had the same siblings just in a reverse order for the brothers.  Mom used to laugh & say that once my grandfather had a son she guessed he didn't see the need to have any more kids.    

Cat Lady, I am definitely feeling more confident with my machine quilting skills.  Of course it helps now that I have a machine with 11-1/2" to the right of the needle!   I just wish it wasn't so taxing on my to do the basting!  I have started using a pool noodle, which has helped, but the weight of the large quilts is still difficult for me.  Since having had my knees replaced the ability to get down on the floor has gone by the wayside too.  

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on October 12, 2018 at 6:22am

Janet, what a touching tribute.

Your machine skills are improving with each project.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 11, 2018 at 2:37pm

Janet, I love this pattern.  It's been on my "someday" list for awhile now.  My mom is also the youngest of 7 sisters - and 1 older brother.  She was born in 1935.  Maybe if I just did a table topper instead of a quilt, I could manage it!  Thanks for the inspiration and the story.     

Comment by Janet/MO on October 11, 2018 at 2:06pm

About 8 yrs ago I gave a demo at a quilt guild meeting on how to do "y" seams.  I made 4 blocks, but then never did anything more with them.  A couple of weeks ago I ran across them while looking for something else so I decided to make 3 more & set them similar to the 7 Sisters pattern.  My mom was the youngest of 7 girls so I named it "Iva and Her Sisters".  She was born in 1933 & the 7 Sisters pattern came out the same year, plus I used 30's repro fabrics.  Here is a pic of the quilt & the label.  I machine quilted most of it, but I also used my embroidery machine to quilt in the center of the white hexies.

Comment by Janet/MO on August 9, 2018 at 7:00pm

Thanks Debbi.  


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