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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 January 9, 2017 at 7:38am

Thanks everyone.  I'm so happy to finally have these tops turned in to quilts so I can actually enjoy them instead of them just being stored in a closet.

Kathy, the cost to have something quilted by a longarm quilter varies somewhat depending on whether or not you want it to be an overall edge to edge sort of design or semi or full custom.  I think most are charging 1-1/2 cents per inch for edge to edge and as high as 4 cents for custom.  Edge to edge is fine for really busy scrappy type quilts where the quilting is not really going to show very much anyway, but if you have a quilt that you want to have the quilting motif match the blocks, you need to choose semi or full custom.  I'm not totally sure, but I believe the difference in the two is whether or not the quilter needs to basically design the quilting for a specific area opposed to using a commonly used design.  One of them my friend Becky is going to quilt for me is 104" x 112".  Just the thought of trying to baste the 3 layers together almost broke me out in hives!  <grin>  I will be paying her $225 for a semi-custom, which is actually pretty low for one that size. 

Comment by Pam/NY on January 9, 2017 at 5:51am
Beautiful Janet. Love green
Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on January 9, 2017 at 5:22am
Good Morning Ladies..I have a question for you..what is the going rate for the quilt work, the longarmer's do when quilting your quilt?..I have never used one but would like to like too...
Comment by Debbi Lamb/AZ on January 9, 2017 at 4:01am

Wow Janet! That quilt is beautiful! I'm glad you've been finishing your quilts! I'm sure it feels great to get them done. You've set a big goal for yourself ... I hope you can accomplish it. I need to do the same thing ... decide whether or not I will finish projects.

Comment by Janet/MO on January 8, 2017 at 8:02am

I realized I had forgotten to post a pic of my latest finish on here.  This was another quilt made from swap blocks with the group my friend Lou Ann & I used to co-own through Yahoogroups. 

It has felt so good to finish quilting most of my quilt tops.  I took 2 of the remaining ones to a friend who will quilt them on her longarm & that leaves me just 1 old one and 1 new one to quilt on my Pfaff.  My goal for 2017 is to get out an old project & decide if I'm going to finish it or not.  If I decide to finish it, I am going to do my best to do that before I get out the next project.  I would love to average one a month, but that is probably being overly optimistic. 

Comment by Ali Stanley on January 7, 2017 at 9:53pm

Same here, Cat Lady.  I slowed way down over Christmas and New Year, and haven't gotten back to it other than doing a couple mug rugs from a few orphan blocks I had lying around.  Now we have all the icky weather a quilter would ever want, and I've got very little desire to sew.  Am I sick, and is it terminal?  Or are we just in hibernation, perhaps?

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on January 7, 2017 at 3:05pm

I am having machine quilting withdrawal!  I am so far behind on some other projects, and then life happens interruptions, that it may be later this spring before I can sit down and do some machine quilting again.

Comment by Sherri Eley on October 19, 2016 at 6:11am

 I too have a ton of money in tools.  Seems like every new thing that comes out finds its way to my sewing space.  So doubtful I would purchase the rulers mentioned previously.  I do not mind using the painters tape.  It does take longer, but I prefer using my walking foot to using a free motion foot.  So I will stick ,  for the time being, with that method.

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on October 19, 2016 at 4:29am
Sherri, I love your color choices..especially I'll the blue and oranges..everything pops!...lovely!
Comment by Janet/MO on October 18, 2016 at 8:49pm

My favorite LQS is holding a seminar & class on those rulers in Nov.  It is $50 to take the class, which really adds to the price of those rulers!  Plus I would have to buy the right foot for my Pfaff so I really like your idea Ali.  I might try something like that before I spend the money.  I have wondered if it would work to  use my drunkard's path templates for curves. 


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