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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 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?

Help with monofilament!!

Started by Bethany/from CT. Last reply by Joanna liguz Sep 10, 2014. 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

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Comment by Cat Lady--MO on Tuesday

Fabric, how tightly it is woven and how the dye or color is applied can have a huge impact on the quilting.  I have had some fabrics that even after washing feel very stiff.  And if the color or resign is painted on, such as many white-on-white and cream-on-cream fabrics, the needle will often skip over those areas.  I have the same trouble when I am hand quilting some of those fabrics.

I am trying to quilt projects as I finish them again this year.  For the most part I am keeping up.  But in a month or two I have a couple of BOMs that will be completed about the same time.  They always seem to put me behind schedule (I have quite a few from years gone by that are still just tops).  I am also trying to work some of my UFOs in when I can.

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza on Tuesday

Janet, I too have many quilt tops made waiting for the day they get quilted.  But it seems more projects and life get in the way. 

I haven't had issues with that Fusion pen marking a quilt.  I think it'll wash out though.  I have had issues with a that purple and blue marker coming back though.

Comment by Janet/MO on Tuesday

Another weird experience I had with that fabric is the resistance the air erasable marker had to disappearing.  Normally I just have to spritz and the ink will disappear or it goes away on its own within a day or 2 especially when there is high humidity like we have been having.  This time I had to actually soak the area and then use my fingernail like an agitator for lack of any other word.  I am using Warm & Natural batting, which I have used lots of time for machine quilting and have never had this problem.  Now I'm wondering if maybe that fabric had an extra layer of something.  Maybe to make it permanent press?  Who knows?  Overall I'm happy I finally got this top quilted though.  Every year I keep telling myself to get these older tops quilted, but then I let other projects get in the way so this year I am bound & determined to get them finished.  I figure if I do at least 1 a month I will reach my goal. 

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on Tuesday

Janet, beklieve me when I say I know how things can get missed and/or misplaced.

Glad to learn you have finished the top.  I once took a throw with me to work on the binding while waiting at the Drs with my mother.  Oftn work on hand sewing while at the VA with my DH.

I had asked because I know that unless I am using a 50 wt poly  (like Superior's So-Fine) in the top, that anything thinner than 40 wt cotton, I will have problems while doing my FMQ. 

Comment by Janet/MO on Monday

I'm sorry, Cat Lady, but some how or another I missed your question.  I used Presencia 50wt for most of the quilt, but didn't have enough so switched to Mettler 50wt for the outside sashing strips & border.  I still had some problems with the sashing strips, but had no problems with the outside border at all.  So at least the quilting is done and I just need to bind it, add a hanging sleeve & label.  That might not get done for a few days as my husband has an appt tomorrow with the VA.  That always takes longer than one would think it should. 

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on April 19, 2016 at 7:14am

Janet, what weight of thread are you using?

Comment by Janet/MO on April 19, 2016 at 6:37am

Gail, I think we have all been there a time or 2.  I'm happy to hear you are feeling well enough to start quilting again. 

I am trying to machine quilt a top made from exchange blocks I received several years ago, but the thread keeps breaking.  Very frustrating.  I am going to change to a different sized needle & see if that helps.  It is Presencia thread, which is one of the more expensive, so that makes it extra frustrating. 

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on April 19, 2016 at 6:28am
Sherri..you red and white quilt is fabulous!...welcome Gail!!...remember the main thing in quilting is having fun...it should make you happy, not feel like work...
Comment by Gail Tesson on April 19, 2016 at 6:11am

I'm trying quilting again. I started a quilt many years ago but because of illness had to give it up. I dug out my Around the World, Eleanor Burns project and decided I didn't like about half of the fabrics. I took apart what I had sewed, added some new fabrics, and now I'm making a 4 patch using the "Quilt as You Go" method. 

Comment by Janet/MO on April 18, 2016 at 8:14pm

I would like to welcome Gail Tesson to the group. Gail, please tell us a little bit about yourself.


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