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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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Free motion vs. "In the ditch" quilting

Started by Quilt Man. Last reply by Cat Lady--MO Sep 23. 37 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

Help with monofilament!!

Started by Bethany/from CT. Last reply by Joanna liguz Sep 10. 11 Replies

Ok.  I've used this stuff before with no problems and now, all of a sudden my machine has decided it hates it.  Actually, both of my machines!  Naturally I'm in the middle of a big project and not…Continue

What machine do you use for home quilting?

Started by AidaCJ/NH. Last reply by Denise Payment Aug 13. 17 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 Sherri Eley May 22. 10 Replies

Do you use a special thread when machine quilting?

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Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm yesterday
Great thinks!..I will try it!
Comment by Janet/MO yesterday

I managed to get my quilt basted & the 1st row quilted today.  Right now I'm just stitching in the ditch, but I might add more quilting in the larger areas later. What a difference it has made to finally have a machine with 10" to the right of the needle!  No more feeling like I'm wrestling an alligator while trying to quilt.  

Comment by Rachel Libby/VT on Monday

Kathy, when I quilted my quilts with the embroidery machine the largest hoop I had was a 5x7.  I now have a new machine that embroiders up to 6/10.  You can even use the 4x4 hoop.   When hooping your quilt you do not use stabilizer because you really want the design to show in the back.  I used quilt designs that coordinated with the fabric I was using.   You hoop your quilt just as you would for any embroidery that you would do except leave out the stabilizer.  I always pinned my quilts first and then removed the pins where I was putting the hoop to quilt.  Hope this helps.

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on Monday

Janet, you are way ahead of me, I'm still trying to finish quilting one from the early 90's.  Since it's already 80% done by hand, I can't switch it to machine quilting, so it's languishing in the back of the closet. I have been praying for the quilting elves to come out and finish it for me.

I usually clear my living room and spread the quilt to baste on it; of course, the cat thinks it's hers, so she lies down on it.  It usually takes me two-three days to recover from the knee and back ache that come with the basting, but it's the only way I can get all 3 layers to come together. 

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on Monday
Rachel, tell me about the hoop that you use..size?.....and the way you handle this.
Comment by Rachel Libby/VT on Monday

Kathy, yes you can.  I have quilted that way many times, but you still have to pin your quilt.

Comment by Janet/MO on Monday

I should do the same thing Cat Lady.  Baste until I run out of the right sized batts.  Kathy, I'm not sure about that, but it might be worth a try.  I decided to rinse my fabrics again as they have been sitting all folded up for 15 yrs and I couldn't get the creases out of them.  So while doing that I got involved with wrapping up Christmas gifts that have to go out in the mail this week so I never did get the quilt basted.  I will get that done tomorrow though.  

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on Monday
Hi Ladies!...basting is the worst!..I have switched over to pins...so much easier..question..is it possible to put our quilts in a hoop and quilt them on the machine? It sure would make them easier to move around!
Comment by Cat Lady--MO on Sunday

Janet, that is why whenever I can I try to baste more than one quilt at a time. First of all, it takes awhile to clear off the table where I do the basting.  Figure as long as it is clear, I better do more than one.  Sometimes I have to cover what I am working on with a sheet (to keep the cats off) when I need to take breaks, as I can not stand as long as I used to.  But it is a good feeling knowing I have another top basted and ready when I finish working on the current one.

Comment by Janet/MO on Sunday

I got out a Christmas quilt top that I started in Oct of 1999 and I am bound & determined to get it quilted & bound by the end of this coming week! The one thing about quilting I don't like is basting, but fortunately this is not a huge quilt so I should be able to get that done relatively easy.  


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