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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 Cat Lady--MO on Wednesday

I have used CT's Essential thread a lot for my FMQ.  The only issue I have had is I need to use it in the bobbin also.  When I use Superior's King Tut, I often use their So Fine! as a bobbin thread.

Comment by Ally Bryant on October 19, 2014 at 11:36am
Ct. Veg. Didn't work for me on the TP. The colour blends are longer than some so I ended un picking the sky was a bit disappointed. Now withe trees it may workout with different greens, have yet to try.
Comment by Janet/MO on October 19, 2014 at 7:27am

Aida, I definitely agree with you about how important it is to use the right needle.  I have never used CT thread, but I do like the fact that the King Tut thread tells you right on the spool which needle to use.  I bought 3 spools when I was at the AQS show in Grand Rapids MI in August as it was buy 2 get one for free, but I also had some other colors already.  One thing I like about it is the color changes are shorter than some other brands so you have less chance of ending up looking like you left an entire area unquilted if the color blends in.  

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on October 18, 2014 at 4:02pm

I have been using Connecting Thread's variegated threads and I have good luck with them on my Janome machines.  The guy that serviced the machines said it's usually the needles that will cause problem when quilting, so I bought Organ needles specific to my machines and yes, the quilting is just like cutting into soft butter (ok, I'm not that great with analogy).  I also use King Tut threads, but it's a little bit expensive, and since most of the quilts I have been making are made with CT fabric, I guess the threads are also a perfect match.

Comment by Ally Bryant on October 16, 2014 at 8:07pm
I have just recently tried King Tut veg. And enjoying some TP. A frog a WIP.
Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on October 16, 2014 at 7:06pm
Thanks Janet!..I will record that web site!
Comment by Janet/MO on October 16, 2014 at 6:56pm

I just tested it and that is the right web address.  They are located in St. George, Utah, which is a pretty little city about 120 miles north of Las Vegas.  

Comment by Janet/MO on October 16, 2014 at 6:54pm

Kathy, you can find it at my quilt stores, but you can also order it directly from Superior Threads.  I get their weekly newsletter so I keep up with sales, etc.  For the most part I buy from Satin Stitched quilt shop in Columbia MO, but I also buy whenever I see them at quilt shows.  I think their web address is http://www.superiorthreads.com  

Comment by Kathy Koehler Holm on October 16, 2014 at 5:38pm
Janet..fabulous!..I must try that thread..where can you find it?..quilt shop or JoAnn's?
Comment by Janet/MO on October 16, 2014 at 3:42pm

I'm not sure if enlarging the pic makes much difference, but if you look on my page at one of the lighter squares you can probably see where the serpentine stitch lines cross.  I went on to Pinterest to see how others had quilted Storm at Sea quilts, but quite a few of them were way over-quilted so after giving it some thought this is what I came up with.  I figured there was no point is doing a lot of quilting that wouldn't show on batiks anyway.  I used another King Tut variegated thread on this quilt too.  Man, I love that thread!


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