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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.

Members: 220
Latest Activity: Oct 19

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Speed on my sewing machine.....question

Started by Jo Guthridge. Last reply by J.S. Oct 8. 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. 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. 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 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. 

Comment by Sherri Eley on October 18, 2016 at 7:36pm

thanks for the comments,  I did think about doing something in the blue squares,  so will take that under advisement.  

Comment by Ali Stanley on October 18, 2016 at 7:03pm

Looks good, Sherri, and the pattern is very striking.  I agree with Janet on putting something in the blue centers of the pieced blocks, and I really like your design in the solid blocks.  As for marking, I hear you...just finished a queen quilt with just as much marking as sewing (14 bobbins used when I just stopped counting).  One suggestion with the straight line quilting is to try ruler quilting.  I've been dabbling in it after watching a number of videos online; and after a little practice, it's easier than all that marking.  I looked at buying the rulers, though, and they're quite spendy.  So I took my original, very scarred 6"x24" ruler and had my husband cut off the last 10" of the ruler, and then cut that piece down the middle, resulting in two pieces measuring 3" wide and 10" long, both with good straight edges.  It works nicely snugged up against the toe on my Janome Horizon's free motion quilting foot.  If it moves as you move the quilt, just slip a small piece of that rubbery shelf lining stuff the ruler.  I've not found the ideal cheap quilter's guide for doing curved designs yet...stay tuned (maybe Cool Whip lids?).  And keep going on that quilt.  It looks beautiful, and you'll be done with it in no time and probably love it when it's finished. 

Comment by Janet/MO on October 18, 2016 at 3:26pm

Looking good Sherri.  The only thing I can suggest right now is to add some sort of motif in the blue square of the pieced block.  It would be something as simple as a star.  If you leave this much unquilted, though, you might run in to a situation where it will start to sag eventually.   I know what you mean about feeling like a quilt is never ending.  That is the way I feel about my current UFO I'm quilting.  Plus it is taking a lot more thread than I originally thought it would, which is frustrating considering the closest quilt store that carries the same brand is 25 miles away.  After this one is finished, I will be down to 3 unquilted tops and I know for sure that I will have to have 2 of them longarm quilted. 

Comment by Sherri Eley on October 18, 2016 at 3:13pm

Definitely  a lot of starting and stopping.  And measuring and using  painter's tape to mark the stitching lines.  But I am more comfortable with walking foot quilting than free motion.

Comment by Sherri Eley on October 18, 2016 at 2:29pm

Definitely  a lot of starting and stopping.  And measuring and using  painter's tape to mark the stitching lines.  But I am more comfortable with walking foot quilting than free motion.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on October 18, 2016 at 11:52am

Sherri, interesting design in your plain blocks. I see you are doing a lot of starting and stopping. 

Sometimes it does seem to take forever, especially when you are doing a more intense or filler design.

Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

Comment by Sherri Eley on October 18, 2016 at 8:36am

Under my needle today  I feel like I have been quilting this top for ages.  I originally thought I would free motion the plain squares on this top.  But I am not proficient at free motion and I knew that squares would not be exactly the same.  I am anal like that.  So opted for straight line on these  squares.  Now I am feeling there is not enough quilting on the pieced blocks, which I stitched in the ditch.  But I don't think I am going to add anymore stitching to all those blocks.  I am down to just about 5 unpieced squares to finish then the setting triangles and then the border,  which I may or may not do free motion.  Decisions, decisions.  I just want to put this one to rest.  Have a pattern waiting for me to try with new fabric. This current piece is a scrappy for the most part, except for the fabric I purchased for the solid squares.  This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern, from Quiltmaker.  Idaho square dance.  I altered the placement of the strips in the block. This is my first "on point" quilt.  And amazingly it went together well. 


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